Mike Montgomery has a team that appears likely to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack in the Pac-12. But that doesn't mean an NCAA tournament appearance isn't likely.
Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 27 points, hitting half of California's 12 3-pointers, and the Golden Bears defeated Oregon State 70-51 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.
California 78, Kansas State 48
California 73, Santa Clara 48
California center Jordan Wilkes will miss the entire season with a knee injury.
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In a year where none of the top Pac-10 contenders are dominant, a precocious freshman could tilt things in Arizona's favor.
Coach Ben Braun agreed to a two-year contract extension Tuesday at California, keeping him with the men's basketball team through 2011.
California sophomore forward Leon Powe will announce Wednesday he will make himself eligible for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, Powe's mentor, Bernard Ward told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
Refocused by that reminder of how good they can be, the 10th-seeded Wolfpack snapped a four-game losing streak with a 58-52 victory over California on Friday night.
Jordan Farmar led four UCLA players in double figures with 19 points and the 12th-ranked Bruins beat California 71-52 on Saturday to win their first Pac-10 tournament title since 1987.
Leon Powe scored a career-high 41 points and California held off Oregon 91-87 in double overtime Friday night to reach the Pac-10 tournament title game for the first time.
Leon Powe had 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to help California defeat Southern California 82-67 in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.
California 71, USC 60
Arron Afflalo scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer midway through overtime, to help No. 13 UCLA clinch at least a share of its first Pac-10 title in nine years with a 67-58 victory over Cal Thursday night.
Brandon Roy scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Washington (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today; No. 17 AP) into a second place tie in the Pac-10 with a 73-62 win over California Sunday night.