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January 21, 2012

Cougars face league leader again

Was it a turning point or a brief, bright, aberration?

It won't take long to find out for the Washington State men's basketball team, which faces the Pac-12 leader for the second time in three days on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars, who upset league-leading Stanford on Thursday, get the California Golden Bears at Beasley Coliseum today.

The Bears and Cardinal entered the weekend's play at the Washington schools tied atop the Pac-12 standings. California beat Washington, 69-66, on Thursday, while the Cougars whipped the Cardinal, 81-69, behind Faisal Aden's career-high 33 points.

All season, however, it has been Brock Motum leading the way. Motum leads the team at 15.4 points a game, placing him sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring.

Saturday will mark the only meeting between Cal and WSU this season, thanks to the expanded conference and the new schedule that is in place with the addition this season of Colorado and Utah.

Though the Bears lead the all-time series between the two, 73-45, each team has won 28 times in Pullman.

Cal is alone atop the Pac-12 going into Saturday's action at 6-1, 15-4 overall. WSU's victory on Thursday put it at 2-4 in conference, 10-8 overall.

A Washington State victory could really bunch the Pac-12 up after four weeks. There are five teams with just two losses in conference play coming into Saturday. If Cal were to go down at the Cougars, that would further clump the standings.

Produced from sports information reports.



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