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Can we please get our first conference win?

NCAA Basketball: California at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State Sun Devils

Record: 18-8 (9-5)

Points/Game: 79.5

Points Allowed/Game: 73.6

Last 5 Games

W vs. Stanford, 80-62

W @ Utah, 98-87

L @ Colorado, 77-73

W vs. Washington, 75-63

L vs. Washington State, 91-70

Projected Starters

SO G Remy Martin - 13.2PPG/5.2RPG/3.2APG/1.3SPG

JR G Rob Edwards - 11.3PPG/3.2RPG/1.4APG

FR G Luguentz Dort - 16.2PPG/4.5RPG/2.5APG/1.5SPG

SO F Romello White - 9.2PPG/5.5RPG/0.3APG

SR F Zylan Cheatham - 11.8PPG/10.7RPG/3.5APG

Top Reserves

SO F Kimani Lawrence - 9.6PPG/3.8RPG/1.2APG

FR F Taeshon Cherry - 6.8PPG/2.9RPG/0.4APG

SR F De’Quon Lake - 4.4PPG/4.0RPG/0.4APG

Preview

Our Bears will travel to Tempe, Arizona to face an inconsistent but good ASU team that has found themselves in second place in the Pac-12, only trailing a Washington who recently suffered their first loss at the hands of the Sun Devils.

Arizona State tends to dominate the boards, out-rebounding their opponents by around 6 rebounds/game. This doesn’t bode well for Cal, a team that has about a 7 rebound/game deficit against their opponents.

While rebounding is their only major strength, they do everything else well enough to win games. They shoot it well enough, despite not being the best team from the free throw line and behind the arc. They are even with their opponent in terms of turnovers, and average a solid 14.1 assists/game.

Despite not being the best shooting team, this is a team that can score a lot of points, as shown in their 95-88 victory against Arizona and 98-87 victory over Utah. However, they definitely lack consistency as far as scoring goes, and they also have been prone to give up a lot of points. This is shown in each of the above wins as well as a 91-70 loss to Washington State.

This is going to be a very tough game for Cal to win, especially because there don’t seem to be many areas of this solid team that Cal can exploit. However, if Cal’s defense can slow down the ASU offense similarly to how they played against UCLA, then maybe we can score enough points to pull out a lucky win.

What do you think Cal fans? Can we pick finally get our first conference W?