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February 5, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Keys to the game — Cal

Here’s a breakdown of tonight’s game in Berkeley with the Bears.
Records: Washington 16-5, 7-2; Cal 16-6, 5-4. Where: Haas Pavilion (11,877). Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: FSN NW Radio: KJR-AM
KEYS TO THE GAME
No. 1: Rebound — The Bears are one of just two teams to outrebound UW this year, doing so by four in the game in Seattle — Washington hasn’t been outrebounded since. That helped lead to a 21-9 second-chance edge for the Bears that proved critical.
No. 2: Keep hitting free throws — UW has lost three of the last four it has played against Cal and better FT shooting might have turned each game the other way. UW hit 27-40, 67.5 percent, in the game in Seattle but has been on a tear since, hitting 76.5 percent or better in four of the last five games. But you can’t give away points on the road.
No. 3: Keep going after Jerome Randle — UW’s guards had one of their most effective games getting into the lane and drawing fouls in the first meeting — Isaiah Thomas and Justin Dentmon combined for 18-24 free throws — and in the process got Randle to foul out. UW needs to continue that aggressive play tonight and not settle for jumpers.
No. 4: Close out on the three-point shooters — Seems like I write this a lot. But this is another game where outside shooting looms critical. Despite cooling off a bit of late, Cal remains No. 2 in the conference in three-point shooting at 40.4 percent in conference play, with Theo Robertson (56.2 percent), Randle (46) and Patrick Christopher (40.3 percent) all among the top eight individually. UW has been defending the three well in conference play (32.6 percent) but as the first meeting showed, the Bears may be able to exploit some matchups to get shots off.
No. 5: Start strong — UW fell behind 5-0 and 7-0 in its games last weekend in Arizona. Nothing big, obviously, and UW came right back each time, though the latter deficit — in Tucson — proved telling of what was to come later in the game. And UW hasn’t seemed bothered by early deficits this year. But with this being a road game against a good team, the Huskies’ resolve in that area is likely to be tested again tonight.

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