California Golden Bears vs. Washington St. Cougars Pick & Prediction JANUARY 11th 2023

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Two Pac-12 foes trending in the right direction will meet Wednesday when California visits Washington State in Pullman, Wash.

Washington State (7-10, 2-4 Pac-12) is looking to build on arguably its biggest win in program history after ending Arizona's 28-game home-court winning streak with a 74-61 victory on Saturday in Tucson. The win was the Cougars' first over a top-5 opponent since 1983.

Cougars forward Mouhamed Gueye spearheaded the upset with his seventh double-double of the season, finishing with a season-high 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Washington State made 12 3-pointers while holding Arizona to its lowest point total of the year and a season-low 31.7 percent shooting, including 16.0 percent from beyond the arc.

The Cougars also received another strong effort from guard TJ Bamba, who averages a team-high 15.1 points and made several key plays in the final minutes against Arizona.

"He's our leader, he's our captain," Washington State coach Kyle Smith said. "No one cares more than that guy. No one works harder. It's just part of the process of becoming an all-league player. He just made all the winning plays late."

Washington State will look to avoid a letdown against Cal (3-13, 2-3), which has won three of its past four games since opening the season with 12 losses.

The Golden Bears won their second straight and tied a school record with 16 3-pointers in a 92-70 victory over Stanford on Friday.

Guard DeJuan Clayton has made an immediate impact since missing the first 13 games of this season with a hamstring injury. The graduate transfer was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 26 points against Stanford.

"It's amazing the difference that DeJuan makes in our team," Cal coach Mark Fox said. "You've seen it the last couple of games. If we had him the first 13 games, who knows what we could have been? He makes everybody better."

Washington State has won the past five meetings against Cal, which is hoping to have leading scorer Devin Askew back after the junior missed the past two games due to a foot injury.

--Field Level Media

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California Golden Bears vs. Washington St. Cougars Recap JAN 11TH 2023

DJ Rodman and Mouhamed Gueye scored 14 points apiece as Washington State took control in the second half to beat California 66-51 on Wednesday in Pullman, Wash.

Justin Powell had 12 points and Kymany Houinsou chipped in nine for Washington State (8-10, 3-4 Pac-12), which avoided a letdown after ending Arizona's 28-game home winning streak with a 74-61 victory on Saturday.

Marsalis Roberson led Cal (3-14, 2-4) with a career-high 11 points, while Grant Newell, Obinna Anyanwu and Kuany Kuany scored seven apiece.

Washington State opened the second half on a 15-2 run after leading by one at the break. Rodman made three of his four 3-pointers during the pivotal stretch.

Cal, which had won three of four after opening the season with 12 losses, trailed 50-37 after scoring a total of seven points in the first eight minutes of the second half.

The Cougars stretched their lead to 60-41 after Andrej Jakimovski hit a 3-pointer with 7:36 remaining and cruised to their program-record sixth straight win against Cal.

The Golden Bears were held to 28.6-percent shooting in the second half while being outscored 35-21.

Rodman has scored in double figures in five straight games for Washington State, which shot 46 percent from the field and 42.9 percent (9 of 21) from beyond the arc.

After tying a school record with 16 3-pointers in a 92-70 win over Stanford on Friday, Cal was held to 35.8-percent shooting from the field against the Cougars, including 5 of 20 (25 percent) from 3-point range.

Gueye scored 13 points in the first half for Washington State, which led by seven before Newell and DeJuan Clayton hit consecutive 3-pointers to help Cal trim the deficit to 31-30 at intermission.

The Cougars shot 40 percent from the field and 3 of 10 (30 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half before heating up after the break.

Both teams played without their leading scorers. Washington State's TJ Bamba sat out with a left hand injury, while Cal's Devin Askew missed his third straight game due to an undisclosed injury.

--Field Level Media