With three matches in less than four full days, two of them away, careful planning and precise itineraries are required.Arizona Wildcats Head Coach Thursday Night Adya Burns Even though her team had just gotten off the floor with a win over rival Arizona, she remembered the itinerary.
Barnes elaborated on his weekend schedule during the post-game press conference. After Thursday night’s game, they had to recuperate and prepare for Friday morning’s practice.
“So shoot, practice in the morning, focus on Cal,” Barnes said. “Leave immediately after practice. [Friday] It’s the only time I can get into Cal’s gym, so I’ll shoot there for about 30 minutes and then go to dinner. Let’s go back to the hotel for a late dinner. “
Teams will not be able to have a shootout at the Haas Pavilion on Saturday morning. They have to use a different gym, which, according to Burns, “want to shoot at the game gym, so it doesn’t help much.”
Without access to Haas on Saturday morning, the Wildcats planned to rush to the gym Friday night after practicing, traveling and checking into their hotel in Tucson. It was time.
With three games packed into about 90 hours, Arizona has one thing going on. Barnes was able to play the entire bench, including all four freshmen, in his game against ASU on Thursday. Against no one on the team, he played more than 24 minutes against the Sun Devils.reached that threshold Esmery Martinez When Maya Nnaji.
On the other side of the court are teams who haven’t played since losing to Stanford on December 23rd. Whether that makes the Bears “rusty” or “rested” is open to interpretation. Situations like that — how it works against the Wildcats.
Unlike last season Cal was relying on Jada Curry There are three players averaging double digits this year to do an excessive amount of scoring. Curry leads the team with 15.8 points per game. Evelien Luce Skiholt Her score rose from 9.3 PPG to 10.3 PPG, placing her third on the team.
But Skicholt was there last year. The biggest changes this year are: Kemery Martin, spent three seasons in Utah before transferring to Berkeley. The Sandy, Utah native appeared in her 52 games in her first two years in Salt Lake City, of which she started 26 games. She was haunted by her injuries last year and decided to leave her hometown. That’s a positive for the Bears, who also have her 11.3 PPG.
Cal has terrified at least one very good team. Early in the season, the Bears challenged then-No. A Missouri neutral he beat Notre Dame 5 before losing by 11 points on the court. They also lost to SMU. The Bears dominated an otherwise weak non-conference schedule before being blown out to No. 2 Stanford to start his Pac-12 play just before Christmas.
Generally undersized, especially in the backcourt. Cal’s starting backcourt consists of a 5-foot-6 Curry and a 5-foot-5 player. Leilani MackintoshArizona is relatively large in perimeter this year, with the smallest guard being Shaina Pellington, Kailyn GilbertWhen Paris Clarkall listed at 5ft 8.
18th Arizona Wildcats (11-1, 1-0 Pac-12) @ California Golden Bears (9-3, 0-1 Pac-12)
when: Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 8:00 PM
where: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California.
tv set: Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Arizona
Streaming: Streaming can be done using the Pac-12 Now app or onlineBoth options require a subscription through your TV provider. Streaming is also available with a subscription to a TV package that includes the Pac-12 network. sling, windshieldAlso Vidgo.
wireless: Listen to Derrick Palmer’s Call Online varsity network Or on the radio at KTUC 1400 AM.
statistics: california live stats
Ranking: Arizona is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 15th by the WBCA. California does not rank in either major poll.
Wildcats are 29th and 22nd on the NET. her hoop statsThe Statistics Service has them as Division I’s 21st offense and 25th defense.
The Golden Bears are 79th in the NET and 89th in the HHS. Their offense ranks him 70th by HHS and 146th on defense.
predict: her hoop stats project Arizona will be the winner regardless of where the match takes place. However, wildcats on the road are much less likely.
At Haas, HHS gives the Wildcats a 78.7% winning percentage. He is 9.7 points behind and is projected to have 138.4 total points.
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