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Cal's senior class is UCLA's main road block

3/12/2010

Guards Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher combined for 43 points in California's rout of Oregon to set up a game with UCLA in the semifinal round of the Pac-10 Conference tournament tonight at the Staples Center.

For the Bruins to have a chance at winning, they will have to shut down one of the two. UCLA was able to do that in early January, limiting Randle to only 11 points on five-for-16 shooting at Haas Pavilion. The Bruins eked out a victory in overtime on a jumper from Michael Roll (click here for a short highlight clip).

A month later at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA had Cal up against the ropes, leading by as many as 14. But the Golden Bears rallied back for a dominating 14-point win behind 20 points from both Christopher and Theo Robertson.

After UCLA's victory over Arizona on Thursday afternoon, coach Ben Howland spoke about Cal's senior group and Roll talked about the desire to keep playing: