Jayhawks-Golden Bears: Kansas Will Be Tested Tonight by California

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks talks with Sherron Collins #4 against the Michigan State Spartans during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The No. 1 Jayhawks will be tested tonight for maybe the first time all season.

Looking back at who Kansas has played, you could consider other tough opponents to be UCLA and Memphis. Both teams have started out the same way as Cal but Cal has a much better supporting cast than both UCLA and Memphis.

Led by Jerome Randle, Cal has all the tools to be a Sweet 16 team this season.

Randle is averaging nearly 20 points per game and five assists. He will be a tough guard for anyone on the Jayhawk team to stop.

I do suppose the Jayhawks will come up with some way to contain Randle. Maybe not completely shut him down because scorers find a way to score in any game.  

The Jayhawks will also have a tough customer in other guard Patrick Christopher, who is averaging 17 points and nearly six rebounds. The two guards will match up very well with Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry, both terrific guards in their own right.

Xavier Henry is proving to be one of the premier freshman in the country and has found a home at Allen Fieldhouse. With all of the hype surrounding John Wall in Lexington, Henry has been a little overshadowed but is putting up similar numbers at Kansas.

Sherron Collins has played well and been fulfilling his job as the team's leader but has seen his numbers decrease since the arrival of Henry.  

This matchup will come down to the interior and whose can perform stronger.

The Kansas Jayhawks defense has looked unbelievable in the first couple weeks and has only allowed on average 58 points per game this season. If Cal is able to contain the interior of Cole Aldrich and the Morris brothers then it could be a game that many would like to see.

If Cal is able to play at their pace and can keep the game in the high 50s and lower 60s, they have a shot to upset the No. 1 team in the country for the first time this season.

It will not be an easy task as California will be dealing with a very hostile crowd eager to prove to the nation that Kansas is the premier team in the country.

Cal has been challenged only once this season against Syracuse which turned into a beating for the Golden Bears.

I believe at the end of the night there will be no change in the rankings.

You can tune in to ESPN 2 and listen to the shouts of Rock Chalk Jayhawk at the end of the game.