Colorado at California
When: 6:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California
Colorado will clinch a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament with a victory at California on Saturday. The Buffaloes will finish third with a triumph coupled with an Arizona State loss at Oregon State on Saturday, but a setback drops Colorado into a potential five-way tie for third or four-way deadlock for fourth - with only the tiebreaker winners or winner earning a first-round bye in the tourney. The Buffaloes won at Stanford 59-56 on Wednesday behind 17 points and 11 rebounds from Josh Scott.
The Golden Bears dropped a 63-59 decision to Utah on Wednesday for their third straight loss and fell into a four-way tie for fifth in the conference, severely hurting their NCAA Tournament chances. "We've got to find a way to have fun," coach Mike Montgomery told the San Francisco Chronicle after their fourth loss in five games. "We've got to find a way to make this fun again so that everything that happens doesn't weigh so heavily on them." California guard Justin Cobbs averages a team-best 15.4 points - 11 in the last three games - and is the key to the Golden Bears breaking out of their offensive slumber and making a run in the Pac-12 tourney.TV:
6:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 NetworkABOUT COLORADO (21-9, 10-7 Pac-12):
After Tad Boyle made it through the handshake line Wednesday, the coach pumped both fists and flashed a big smile - a sure sign of the magnitude of his team's accomplishment. "This really helped us," Boyle told the Daily Camera. "I know there's some doubters out there about Colorado, and it's hard to make a case for yourself if you go on a big slide. I think people realize we won this game on the road against a quality team. Stanford is an NCAA Tournament team." Guard Askia Booker (13.8 points per game) has picked a bad time for a mini-slump as he has scored 11 points in his last two games.ABOUT CALIFORNIA (18-12, 9-8):
The Golden Bears, who have appeared in the last two NCAA tourneys, scored 59, 60 and 59 points during their slide. "Emotionally, we're just really spent," Montgomery said. "We still have a chance, as odd as it sounds, if we get this thing together Saturday, to finish in the top four. Problem is, scoring has become so difficult." Forward Richard Solomon scored all 19 points and grabbed 10 of his 14 rebounds in the second half against Utah and is one of four Cal players averaging double figures in scoring (11.1) while leading the team in rebounding with 10 per game - tops in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation.TIP-INS
1. Cobbs and Solomon will be honored prior to the contest on Senior Day.
2. Colorado never has won as many as 22 regular-season games.
3. California won the last meeting 62-46 on March 2, 2013, but Colorado has captured three of the five encounters since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.PREDICTION:
California 64, Colorado 63
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