USC vs. Cal at 8 p.m. Saturday night at Galen Center. All the cool kids will be there...
- California high schools did not boast any McDonald's All-American's last season. While the local talent has dipped lately, Cal's Allen Crabbe was probably the best player in Southern California last year. "He's in the top five freshman in the Pac-10," Kevin O'Neill said. "He's doing a lot for his team." Crabbe is third on the Bears in scoring and second in rebounding. Unfortunately for him, he will likely draw the Marcus Simmons treatment tomorrow.
- Nikola Vucevic was the Pac-10's most improved player last season. While he probably won't win the award again, he has noticeably extended his shooting range to become a legitimate three-point threat. Last year, he made just 22% from distance, but he's made 36% of his long balls in this campaign. "Nik has the green light as long as they are good shots," said O'Neill. "That's really allowed him to stretch his game a little bit and it's made us more effective. I trust him enough now that if he misses five in a row, I don't feel bad about the sixth one."
- Curtis Washington is officially the eighth man in the rotation, so he will not redshirt this season. "He's going to play a little bit every game hopefully and try to get better," O'Neill said. "His practices have been much better and he's made a lot of progress."