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Cal Men's Basketball Preview: Bears travel to Seattle to take on struggling Huskies
Decent chance of a bounce back win for the Bears
Date: Wednesday January 8th, 2022 (7PM Pac-12 Networks)
Opponent: Washington Huskies
Record: 6-7 (Conference: 1-2)
Standings: 7th in Pac-12
KenPom Ranking: #153
Opponent Team Stats: 70.3PPG/32.9RPG/10.2APG/9.2SPG/11.6TPG
Emmitt Mattews Jr.
Expected Starting 5
Guard Terrell Brown
Guard PJ Fuller
Guard Cole Bajema
Guard Emmitt Matthews Jr.
Center Nate Roberts
The Bears start their first road trip of the 2022 new year with a trip to Washington. The Huskies have not been great this season with their best win a 87-76 win over South Dakota State back during Thanksgiving Week. The Huskies have also dealt with some Covid postponements with their early Pac-12 games against Arizona and UCLA being postponed and the game against #5 Gonzaga canceled. Their Pac-12 opener after the winter break was scheduled to be Washington State, but that was also postponed.
The Huskies rely heavily on Terrell Brown as their main source of offense. He’s scored over 20 in 7 of their 13 games and has been their leading scorer in 8. Brown’s scoring output has put him in the top 15 for points per game but also is in the top 25 for field goals attempted. A gifted but volume shooter (17.4 FGA/game) who is not very effective beyond the arc. The Bears should have an easy game plan against the Huskies. Maintain the top 60 2PT% defense against a good midrange shooting team.
And if you missed there Bears’ last game against UCLA make sure to check out the recap.
Cal’s Win Probability and Score according to KenPom: 54% (67-66 Win)