In a league loaded with talented freshman, Cal's Justice Sueing has flown under the radar.
But Sueing is coming on strong for the Golden Bears, and he's a big reason why Cal will bring a small measure of momentum into Wednesday night's Pac-12 Conference battle against Colorado at the Coors Events Center (9 p.m., ESPNU).
The rookie guard from Honolulu has been the Bears' leading scorer in league play and has asserted himself as a key piece of the rebuilding effort being undertaken by first-year Cal coach Wyking Jones. The Bears are 11th in the Pac-12 at 2-9 but are coming off a solid 74-70 win at home against Oregon State.
Foul trouble helped limit Sueing to 11 points against the Beavers, his lowest total in conference games, but Sueing still has scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games. Sueing is averaging 14.1 points overall but has averaged 17.1 within the Pac-12 Conference.
Cal opened league play with a win at Stanford but lost nine consecutive games before topping OSU on Saturday. CU is 10-2 at home all-time against Cal, with a 4-1 mark since joining the Pac-12.
It was perhaps the game of the year so far in the Pac-12, and certainly the finish of the year. And thanks to Washington's thrilling, buzzer-beating victory against Arizona on Saturday, Huskies junior Noah Dickerson has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Dickerson began his week by posting his fifth double-double of the season, recording 21 points and 16 rebounds in the Huskies' 68-64 win against then-No. 25 Arizona State. Dominic Green dominated the highlight reels with his winning 3-pointer against the Wildcats, but UW probably wouldn't have been in that position without Dickerson's 25 points and seven rebounds.
Dickerson went 10-for-16 against Arizona. In UW's two victories he was 17-for-31 from the field and 12-for-14 at the free throw line.
In the final AP poll of December, Arizona State was ranked third and considered one of the hottest teams in the nation.
In the first poll of February, the Sun Devils are no longer ranked and boast the same 5-6 Pac-12 record as the CU Buffaloes. ASU still received 17 points in this week's poll, but the biggest mover among Pac-12 schools was Washington, which unofficially is ranked 27th as the second team among others receiving votes with 54 points. The Huskies didn't receive a single vote just a week ago.
After losing at Washington, Arizona dropped from No. 9 to No. 13.
Oregon State has suffered 19 consecutive losses in true road games...Stanford's 96-61 home win against Oregon Saturday was the Ducks' worst defeat in coach Dana Altman's eight seasons in Eugene.