Matt Barkley and Jeremy Lin

Try this for a connection.

Back in March 2006, now-New York Knicks phenomenon Jeremy Lin won the CIF state championship for Palo Alto High in a huge upset over Santa Ana Mater Dei. That has become public knowledge over the last two weeks as America looks for a sign that somebody -- anywhere -- saw this coming from Lin.

Well, that may or may not be true. But one thing certainly is: Watching on television that night was USC quarterback Matt Barkley, then a freshman at Mater Dei. After a little prodding in an interview on Thursday, Barkley remembered the game well and even remembered Lin specifically as the Asian-American guard who terrorized his Monarchs.

Barkley said he's keeping abreast about what Lin has done over the past two weeks, even if he's not the biggest basketball fan.

"I haven't watched a full game of his, just seen the highlights, but from what I hear, he's destroying the league and it kind of came out of nowhere," Barkley said. "I haven't been able to watch a lot of basketball recently, I've been swamped with school and everything. But I've seen the highlights and I saw ESPN was saying 130 points in his first five games is a record."

Barkley, of course, identifies himself as a Christian, as does Lin.