November 29, 2006
Cal figures to provide big challenge
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Kansas State has plenty to worry about heading into tonight's game at California. The Wildcats must prove capable of playing well on the road after falling 78-54 at New Mexico in its most recent trip away from home, and K-State still has to solve its shooting woes. But perhaps the biggest concern relates to Cal's biggest players, as the Golden Bears will present Bob Huggins' team with the best front line it has seen thus far.
Power forward Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound freshman, and 6-foot-11 junior center DeVon Hardin will show the Wildcats a little bit of everything.
Anderson is averaging 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds a contest and topped the 20-point mark in each of his first three games at Cal, and the versatile newcomer has proven to be a threat from long range by connecting on 45.5 percent of his three-point attempts. Hardin is an extremely athletic 235-pound post who averages 10.7 points and just less than eight rebounds a game while also serving as a true shot blocking presence in the middle.
Anderson and Hardin represent two of four Cal (5-1) players averaging double figures, and its that pair K-State (4-1) must contain to have an opportunity to earn its second road victory of the young season.
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