College Basketball Nation: sundevils-bears 022710

Arizona State 30, Cal 29 at halftime

February, 27, 2010
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- If Arizona State is going to ruin Senior Day at Cal and take first place in the Pac-10, it's getting off to a great start.

Derek Glasser and Ty Abbott are doing an excellent job defending the perimeter and pestering Cal's Jerome Randle, who made only one of his first six field goal attempts.

Those 3-pointers from way downtown just aren't there right now.

But Randle, always difficult to stop, scored Cal's final five points of the half to cut the Sun Devil lead to a point.

He has seven on the game after getting emotional during Senior Day ceremonies, and for good reason. Check out Andy Katz's feature on the diminutive guard from Chicago.

Two other Bears seniors, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson, have seven points apiece as well.

The Sun Devils were led by Jerren Shipp, who had 10 points off the bench. Shipp's brother, Joe, starred at Cal, a program that desperately wants what would be a historic win.

A big Pac-10 game

February, 27, 2010
2/27/10
2:00
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- It's Senior Day for Jerome Randle, Jamal Boykin, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson as a veteran Cal lineup has a chance to end their careers at Haas Pavilion with at least a share of the school's first regular season title in 50 years.

The storyline is there, but will the fans show?

Here's how public address announcer Eddy Kleinhans described the Cal student section in Saturday's student newspaper, the Daily Cal:
The student section is nearly empty through tip-off and our ops crew invites fans to come sit in the student section. Really? Even though we've sold almost 1,500 student tickets, we can't fill-up a 1,200 seat student section for a team that's trying to win Cal's first Pac-10 crown in 50 years? Students, where are you?

But it looks like today will feature a packed house against Arizona State. As of yesterday, the game was actually nearing a sellout.

So yeah, it's as big of a game as it can get in the Pac-10.

UPDATE: The game is indeed sold out, according to a Cal spokesman.

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