Gameday: Cal Men’s Basketball vs. UCLA

Derek Remsburg/Senior Staff

After toppling No. 7 Arizona in Tucson, the Cal men’s basketball team faces its next test in UCLA on Thursday evening. After a slow start to the season, the Bears have rallied with significant wins in the last two weeks, giving them an outside chance at an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.

Fresh off big win, Cal clashes with rival UCLA

Allen Crabbe, Pac-12 Player of the Week, poured in 31 points on Sunday to lead Cal’s upset of No. 7 Arizona in Tucson, which resuscitated the Bears’ chances at an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.

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Cal vs. UCLA Gameday: Game predictions

The Bears let the Bruins dictate the pace of the game the last time they played, a major reason UCLA won by 14. Cal can learn from the Pac-12 teams before them and control the rebounding game to avoid a repeat.

Cal vs. UCLA Gameday: Players to watch

To keep the UCLA defense from loading up in the paint, Tyrone Wallace will be key in knocking down some perimeter shots and establishing a true No. 2 perimeter threat.