Cal freshman backup center Kameron Rooks didn’t make a mark on the stat sheet Saturday night in the Bears’ 60-58 win over Arizona at Haas Pavilion, but his big frame must’ve been familiar to Wildcat fans.
The son of former Wildcats center Sean Rooks, Kameron had one defensive rebound and a block in eight minutes and lumbered up and down the court. Rooks, who was offered a scholarship by Arizona but passed up his father’s alma mater, is averaging just six minutes per game and played only four total in the Bears’ last two games against Arizona State and UCLA, but provided valuable size against the Wildcats’ bigs.
Sean Rooks averaged better than 16 points and seven rebounds for Arizona as a senior before embarking on a 12-year NBA career.
Pedal to the Metal
The Bears brought in some interesting local talent for the halftime show.
The Berkeley Revolution Unicycle Basketball Team balanced its way up and down the court on Saturday night, somehow avoiding any major collisions. The team’s Facebook page – which has a meager 85 “likes,” mind you – said the team won the 2010 North American Unicycle Basketball championship and finished third in the 2012 world championships.
At the 8 minute, 44 second mark, Haas Pavilion exploded for an earsplitting “Go Bears” chant, by far the loudest anti-Arizona sentiment late in a road game this season. With Cal clinging to a 50-46 lead, the Bears fans bared their teeth after being relatively quiet for most of the game. It had to be surprising to Arizona players, who have grown accustomed to having pro-Wildcat crowds — even on the road — this year.
The Big Number
100% It didn’t ultimately matter because Arizona was defeated, but credit the Wildcats for keeping themselves in the game at the free-throw line. The Wildcats shot 16 for 16 from the charity stripe, with starting center Kaleb Tarczewski going a perfect 12 for 12. That (almost) helped negate the sub-33-percent shooting.
More Big Numbers
2Remaining perfect teams in major college basketball. Both Syracuse and Wichita State won Saturday, and are likely to be ranked in the top 3 when top-25 polls are released Monday. Syracuse figures to be ranked No. 1, especially after topping Duke in overtime.
8Number of consecutive weeks Arizona spent at No. 1, the longest streak in program history.
Sights and Sounds
Cal fans rushed the court with 0.9 seconds left after Justin Cobbs’ fadeaway dagger ended the Wildcats’ unbeaten streak. They had to be ushered off the court by school officials. … Tarczewski heard it from Arizona fans late in the game after his team-high 18th point on Sunday night, getting a loud “Zeuuuuuus!” chant after giving the Wildcats a 56-54 lead. … Aaron Gordon got off to a good start on Saturday night: Walking off the court for the final time after pregame warmups, Gordon casually heaved the ball toward the hoop, swishing it in.