Arizona-Cal pregame notes: Drivers beware

2014-02-26T12:41:00Z 2014-02-26T17:43:52Z Arizona-Cal pregame notes: Drivers bewareBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Jordan Bachynski may have smashed Anthony Cook's Pac-12 career record for blocked shots – and swatted away eight Wildcat shots on Feb. 14 in Tempe – but the Wildcats still might want to think carefully about driving to the basket this week.

Two of Cal’s five all-time shot blockers, David Kravish (second, with 152) and Richard Solomon (fifth with 111) will face Arizona tonight. On Sunday, Stanford brings in its alltime leading shot blocker, forward Josh Huestis (174).

“Playing (Cal) the first time was a remainder for us that their frontcourt is both talented and experienced,” UA coach Sean Miller said. “Richard Solomon in the first half was a big reason why they won and I believe (David) Kravish is one of our conference’s best players.

“When I vote for them (all Pac-12 teams), I put him on it because I believe when you look at him, he ‘s very underrated. He can guard mobile players and post players. He’s a really big part of their success and he’s a lot like the Wear twins (UCLA’s David and Travis) in that he can shoot from outside but can also score in the post. He’s a tough matchup.”

Miller also said Cal has capable scorers at all five positions, and that wing Tyrone Wallace is one of the Pac-12’s most underrated players.


More items about tonight's UA-Cal game (7 p.m., ESPN2, with Bill Walton and Dave Pasch):

-- We had a main story on the UA-Cal series since Miller was hired in 2009 and notes.

-- Much-hyped Cal freshman guard Jabari Bird is finally wearing a smile on his face.

-- Bird, who took a recruiting visit to McKale, said he's expecting "high intensity" tonight.

-- Here's the school-produced notes from Arizona and California.


Ken Bone has been dogged by recruiting and other woes at WSU.


Oregon's Damyean Dotson may play against UCLA after being suspended for the use of a fake ID.


Devon Collier isn't happy about coming off the bench as his OSU career comes toward a close.


ASU will host Stanford (9 p.m., ESPNU) in the other Pac-12 game tonight. 

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