Arizona State men's basketball returns from break with Pac-12 game at Cal

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Arizona State (5-7, 1-1) at California (8-5, 1-1)

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley

TV: Pac-12 Network. Radio: 98.7 FM

Last time: The teams played twice last season with ASU winning each, 70-62 at Cal and 72-68 at home.

About the Sun Devils: ASU last played on Dec.19, losing to San Francisco. This is a game originally scheduled for mid January that was moved to give better flexibility later if a game needs to be rescheduled. The top player has been senior F Kimani Lawrence (11.3 ppg, 8.2 ppg) who has six double-doubles already. D.J. Horne (13.4 ppg) is the leading scorer and the team's best shooter. The other player averaging double figures is Marcus Bagley (10 ppg, 4 rpg) but he has been out since Nov. 15 with a knee injury. Offense has been the biggest issue for the Sun Devils who rank 329th out of 350 Division I teams in field goal percentage (39.37) and 313th in scoring offense (64.2 ppg). The defense however has been reliable thus far. ASU is holding its foes to 66.8 ppg, 142nd overall.

About the Bears: Cal has made steady progress under third-year coach Mark Fox. The Bears last played on Dec. 22, beating Pacific 73-53. Cal has not played quite the schedule that ASU has but is almost to its win total of last season when it finished 9-20. Andre Kelly (14.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has emerged as the Bears' top player. Jordan Sharpe (14.3 ppg) and Grant Anticevich (12.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg) are also averaging double figures. Cal also is ore reliant on defense than offense. The Bears average 66.3 ppg, 285th but they're giving up just 62.5, good for 62nd.

Reach the reporter at Michelle.Gardner@gannett.com or 602 444-4783. Follow her on Twitter @MGardnerSports.

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