On Wednesday night, 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and televised games will include what some may call a "revenge game" between two opponents in the Pac-12. California will play against the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats, a team that Cal was able to knock off earlier in the season. The Wildcats, still mentioned as a potential No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament in March, will look to avenge one of their two losses on the season. The latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game arrives courtesy of ESPN on Wednesday.
According to a Feb. 26 game preview from ESPN.com, Arizona is looking to defeat the team that spoiled their best win-streak in school history. The Wildcats had been surging along during their college basketball season right to a 21-0 record, until a 60-58 win by the Golden Bears back on Feb. 1. Justin Cobbs was the hero of the game for Cal, hitting a jumpshot with just 0.9 seconds to go. Prior to that win, the last time California had defeated a top-ranked opponent was in January of 1994.
Arizona coach Sean Miller said with regards to the more recent loss, a 69-66 defeat in double overtime:
"We learned a lot in the Arizona State game. From that game on, I think we have a more clear direction of what our team needs to do to be the best we can."
The Wildcats will look to continued leadership from junior guard Nick Johnson, who is currently averaging 16 points a game, to go along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Guard T.J. McConnell helps add even more strength to one of the nation's best backcourts, as he leads in both assists and steals for the team, while chipping in at least 8 points per contest. The Wildcats also rank among the top 20 teams in the nation when it comes to rebounding with 39 a game on average.
California which is 18-9 overall and 9-5 in the conference, is currently the 27th best team in the country in terms of assists. The team averages 15.6 per game with guard Justin Cobbs averaging 6.1 of those. Cobbs is also leading the team in scoring with 15.9 per game, while Richard Solomon is leading in rebounds. The senior forward is averaging a double-double this season with 11.3 points a game as well as 10 boards per game.
It's believed that Arizona could continue to make a case for the No. 1 overall seed, should they defeat California, the only team that has defeated them in regulation this season. Meanwhile Cal is tied for third in the Pac-12, and if they can remain among the top four, will receive a bye in the first round of the conference tournament in a week or so.
According to Joe Lunardi's updated Bracketology at ESPN, California is currently a team predicted as a No. 9 seed to face Memphis in the opening round of the tournament. Meanwhile, Arizona is projected to open as a No. 1 seed in the West (Anaheim region) against Davidson. Other projected No. 1 seeds include currently-undefeated Wichita State, Florida of the SEC and Syracuse from the ACC.
Wednesday's California vs. Arizona game has a scheduled start time of 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ESPN2 will handle televised coverage of the game on cable and satellite television with standard and hi-definition formats available around the country. In addition, this matchup will be live streaming online, thanks to WatchESPN. The live broadband sports network is available for viewers of certain cable and satellite companies, and can be seen on laptops, tablets, Apple TV, Roku, and mobile devices. See more info here for any restrictions with regards to viewing tonight's game online.