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Game 19 Open Thread: California

OSU @ Cal - 8:00 PM - Haas Pavilion - FSN

The Beavers continue Pac-10 play tonight against California, in a nationally televised game on FSN.

Oregon St.. is coming off a 63-59 loss against Oregon on Saturday.

The Beavers (8-10, 3-4 in the Pac-10) only trailed by nine at halftime against the Ducks, after being down 17 points at one point. And despite the Beavers coming all the way back to take a 4 point lead in the second half, the Ducks answered, building a 7 point lead, and held on for the win. Lathen Wallace led the Beavers with 15 points off the bench.

As far as starters go, the Beavers have gone with Angus Brandt, Omari Johnson, Devon Collier, Jared Cunningham and Roberto Nelson in the last two games. Expect that lineup tonight when the Beavers take the court.

Head coach Craig Robinson had this to say on the California game during Tuesday's press conference, "Cal is a banging team. They're very physical. You talk about two inside guys who have the ability to score - both Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison are good down low."

California is currently 10-9 (3-4 in the Pac-10) on the season, after a 68-66 win home win over USC last Saturday. The victory over the Trojans snapped a two game losing streak. This with an almost completely rebuilt roster, after the Golden Bears have had to replace four seniors who accounted for 90+ % of our scoring/rebounding/assists, and eight of their first ten players from last year.Kamp, who leads the Golden Bears this season, averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds per game, had 19 points, including 10 of California's final 18, in the win over USC.

Freshman guard Allen Crabbe is also a player to watch for the Golden Bears.

The Golden Bears' notable wins have came against Temple and Washington State. They have fallen to Stanford, Arizona, Washington, and UCLA in Pac-10 play.

It's the 136 meeting between Oregon St. and California. The Golden Bears hold a 75-60 advantage, due to reeling off 20 wins in 22 games from 1998 thru 2008. The Beavers have won three of the past four games, with last year's 65-61 loss in Berkeley the only setback in Robinson's career against the Golden Bears.

The Beavers answered that setback with one of their best games of the year when Cal came to Gill, rolling to an 80-64 win in which Oregon St. had five players in double figures.

Remember, tip-off is set for 8:00 PM on FSN.

Go Beavers!

(AndyPanda also contributed to this story.)