After struggling with consistency issues in December and January, California is playing its best basketball of the season and goes for its seventh victory in eight games when it visits Oregon State on Saturday. The Golden Bears stunned Oregon 48-46 on Thursday for their fourth straight victory when junior guard Justin Cobbs drained the winning jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining. The Beavers lost to Stanford on Thursday for their third loss in four games.The victory over the Ducks leaves Cal in a fourth-place tie with Arizona State, one game behind co-leaders Arizona and Oregon. The Golden Bears have beaten the Wildcats, Ducks and third-place UCLA during their four straight victories and have strongly improved their NCAA tournament resume. Oregon State has slipped below .500 and would like to get back even in its home finale. Beavers coach Craig Robinson was highly disappointed with the 82-72 loss to Stanford as his team allowed 48 second-half points. "We got outplayed and outhustled in that second half, and that is completely unacceptable," Robinson said afterward. "I will address that with the guys before Saturday's game."TV: 6 p.m. ET, Pac-12 NetworkABOUT CALIFORNIA (17-9, 9-5 Pac-12): Cobbs had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the Oregon game, but also committed eight turnovers. Those troubling miscues led to Cobbs requesting that coach Mike Montgomery draw up the final shot for him. "Just the whole game, I felt like I had a lot of mental lapses and I owed it to my team," Cobbs explained afterward. "I've been working on my jump shot a lot and I knew if I got the ball in the right spot, I'd be able to knock it down." Cobbs leads the Golden Bears in assists (4.6) and his 14.7 scoring average ranks second behind junior wing Allen Crabbe (19.5). Cal limited Oregon to 27.6 percent shooting. ABOUT OREGON STATE (13-14, 3-11): Junior guard Roberto Nelson has thrived as a go-to guy and his 28 points against Stanford marked his fifth 20-point outing in the last seven games. Nelson has led the Beavers in scoring in each of the last seven games to raise his season average to 17.6. He is 12 points away from becoming the 38th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. "The thing about Roberto is that he doesn't take his credit where credit is due," senior forward Joe Burton said after Nelson's latest solid effort. "This guy plays hard through everything." Sophomore forward Eric Moreland had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. Moreland averages 9.3 points and 10.5 rebounds and has swatted aside 58 shots.TIP-INS1. The Golden Bears recorded a 71-68 home victory over the Beavers on Jan. 31 for their fourth win in the last five meetings.2. Crabbe has made 52 of Cal's 103 3-point baskets.3. Burton is three rebounds away from becoming the fifth player in Oregon State history to reach 700 boards.PREDICTION: California 71, Oregon State 69
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