California Scouting Report

Oregon State once again hits the hardwood looking to snap their conference losing streak while Cal tries to even their Oregon road trip record. <br><br> Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The contest can be seen live on Beaver Sports Network throughout Oregon.

Oregon State (8-10, 2-6) vs California (8-9, 4-4)
Thursday, January 31 - 7:00 PM (KPDX-49, KVAL-13, and KOBI-5)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: California leads 67-53.
Last meeting: California 69, Oregon State 46

 Series Records | The Players | Numbers Don't Lie | Strengths/Concerns | Last Time... | News and Notes | Prediction | Full Roster

 

The Nitty Gritty on the Bears

  • Home Court: Haas Pavilion (11,892)
  • All-time Record: 1,292-975 (94 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1915-16

  • Current Record: 8-8, 4-3 in Pac-10 play
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Tied for fourth not receiving any votes in AP or Coaches poll.
    Note:
    California was picked to finish third in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Ben Braun is in his eighth year as head coach at Cal.
    Career Record: 473-314 (26 years); California Record: 140-79 (7 years); Pac-10 Record: 71-56 (7 years)

 

  • 2001-02 Record: 22-9, 12-5 in conference play
  • Pac-10 Tournament: Lost 79-62 in the semifinals to USCRecap
  • Postseason:  Lost 74-65 to Oklahoma in the second round.  Recap
     
     

Series Records

Most points (OSU): 100, Jan. 8, ‘71 (at OSU)
Most points (California): 101, Jan. 8, ‘71 (at Berkeley)

Longest OSU streak: 10 wins (1978-82)
Longest California streak: 11 wins (current)

Margin of victory (OSU): 36 (82-46), Jan. 30, ‘88 (at OSU)
Margin of victory (California): 25 (99-74), Feb. 27, ‘71 (at Berkeley)
Overtime games: 8 (OSU 5-3)

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The Players
(Full Roster | Season Stats)

Leading Scorer: Leon Powe, 15.3
Leading Rebounder: Leon Powe, 9.5
Leading Assist Man: Ayinde Ubaka, 3.5
Blocked shots leader:
Dominic McGuire, .94
Minutes played per game: Leon Powe, 30.8
Most steals per game: A.J. Diggs, 1.3 spg


Returning starters: guard Gabriel Hughes, guard Richard Midgley, and forward Amit Tamir

Starting Five

G 15 Richard Midgley (6-1, 200) - ...named to 2003 All-Pac-10 freshman team...can play both guard positions...good outside touch, but can put it on the floor...durable...has started 15 games, played in 17...shooting .388 from the field, .323 from downtown, and .692 from the free throw line...averaging 8.9 points. 1.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 27.0 minutes per game.

G 1 Ayinde Ubaka (6-2, 200) - loves to push the ball up the floor...prefers to drive to the hoop...good at distributing the ball...high energy and emotional...decent defender...has started 16 games, played in 17...shooting .365 from the field, .340 from three point range and .657 from the line...in 28.5 minutes is averaging 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

C 24 Amit Tamir (6-10, 260) - big man who can work on the block and shoot from long range...capable of explosive scoring outings...sees the court well and is an accomplished passer...earned All-Pac honors last year...excellent free throw shooter who shoots over 80% from the line...one of Cal's leaders...in 30.6 minutes is averaging 10.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists...shooting .404 from the field, .308 from the three point line, and .767 from the charity stripe...has team leading 43 personal fouls.

F 44 Leon Powe (6-8, 245) - tenacious rebounder...has a scoring mentality...tough around the basket...relentless on the court...voted Pac-10 Player of the Week last week...shooting .491 from the floor and .631 from the free throw line...in 30.8 minutes is averaging a team leading 15.3 points and a team leading 9.5 rebounds...only has 13 assists this year...has started and played in 16 games.

F 25 Marquise Kately (6-5, 220) - explosive scorer...good defender and work ethic...shooting a team best .538 from the field while shooting .442 from the line...averaging 10.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game...leads the team in turnovers with 43...has started 13 games, played in 17.
 

 

The Bench

G 2 A.J. Diggs (5-9, 175) - quick, energetic junior...great on the ball defender...an in-your-face defensive player who loves to disrupt the opposing team's offense....one of Cal's veterans and leaders...averaging 1.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and a team leading 1.3 steals per game in 16.5 minutes...shooting .323 from the field, .143 from behind the arc, and .700 from the free throw line.

F 40 Conor Famulener (6-6, 230) - big man who attended Pete Newell's Big Man Camp...not afraid to mix it up down low...tough and active in the paint...hard working, experienced player...has the ability to shoot from the three-point line...played in all 17 games this year...in 8.2 minutes is shooting .429 from the field, .143 from three point range and .714 from the line...averaging 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds.

F 55 David Paris (6-9, 260) - strong, physical forward who loves to rebound...decent footwork...sets deadly screens...in 6.0 minutes per game is shooting .333 from the field and .600 from the free throw line...averaging 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds.

F 3 Dominic McGuire (6-7, 205) - good shot blocker...athletic and tough...played in 16 games, started three...in 15.8 minutes is averaging 4.0 points and 3.6 rebounds...shooting .356 from the field and a team worst .414 from the line...has attempted 11 three points attempts and made zero.

F/C 00 Rod Benson (6-10, 205) - tall, lanky who likes to play on the box...a defensive specialist...very active on when on the floor...good leaper...played in 10 games shooting .500 from the field and .375 from the line...averaging 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds.

G 20 Martin Smith (5-11, 170) - energetic...smart player...good ball handler...played in 14 games averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds...shooting .474 from the field and a team best .833 from the line.

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Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                         CAL          OPP
--------------------------------------------------------
SCORING.......................         1032          998
  Points per game.............         64.5         62.4
  Scoring margin..............         +2.1            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............      377-877      353-814
  Field goal pct..............         .430         .434
3 POINT FG-ATT................       66-226       96-272
  3-point FG pct..............         .292         .353
  3-pt FG made per game.......          4.1          6.0
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      212-343      196-276
  Free throw pct..............         .618         .710
REBOUNDS......................          562          508
  Rebounds per game...........         35.1         31.8
  Rebounding margin...........         +3.4            -
ASSISTS.......................          221          235
  Assists per game............         13.8         14.7
TURNOVERS.....................          233          248
  Turnovers per game..........         14.6         15.5
  Turnover margin.............         +0.9            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          0.9          0.9
STEALS........................          109          100
  Steals per game.............          6.8          6.2
BLOCKS........................           45           59
  Blocks per game.............          2.8          3.7
WINNING STREAK................            2            -
  Home win streak.............            2            -
ATTENDANCE....................       104929        60034
  Home games-Avg/Game.........     10-10493       5-9594
  Neutral site-Avg/Game.......            -      1-12066



BY PERIOD     1st  2nd    Total
------------ ---- ----     ----
Team........  471  561  -  1032
Opponents...  471  527  -   998

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Strengths/Concerns

Strengths

  • Rebounds - Third in the conference grabbing 31.8 per game

  • Athleticism - The Bears starting five can run with almost anybody.

 

Concerns

  • Scoring - Averaging just 64.5 points a game, shooting just .430 from the field, and a conference worst .292 from downtown.

  • Youth - With three freshman in the line up Cal lacks big game experience and veteran leadership.
     
  • Free throws - Last in the Pac-10 shooting just .618 from the line.

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Last Time the Bears Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Amit Tamir scored 27 points, including 7-of-11 on 3-pointers, as California defeated Oregon State 84-71 Thursday. Joe Shipp added 18 points -- 12 in the second half -- and nine rebounds for the Golden Bears. Recap | Pictures

 

in Berkeley...
Joe Shipp scored a career-high 35 points as California defeated Oregon State for the ninth straight time, 78-73 Saturday night. Against the Pac-10 conference's top-ranked defense, Shipp made 12-of-16 shots, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Cal scored just once in the first 3:42, but then went on a 13-0 run capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Brian Wethers, Amit Tamir and Shipp, giving the Bears a 15-6 lead with 12:15 left in the first half. Recap

 

in Los Angeles (Pac-10 Tournament)...
No more Arizona. Stanford's gone, too. That leaves California as the highest seeded team remaining in the Pac-10 Conference tournament after the upset-filled first round.

Richard Midgley scored 12 points and Brian Wethers added 11 Thursday night as the 24th-ranked Golden Bears used a big second half to beat Oregon State 69-46.  Recap


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News from the Latest Bear Game

Luke Jackson scored 17 points and Ian Crosswhite had 16 as Oregon held off California 68-56 on Thursday.   Jackson scored six of his points in the final three minutes, after the Golden Bears had trimmed a 23-point deficit to six...Bears tripped up by Oregon

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News and Notes

  • Oregon State has not won in the series since a 46-43 victory March 5, 1998 at the New Arena in Oakland.

  • Cal has an eleven game winning streak over the Beavers, their longest since the Bears and Beavers have been playing each other.

  • The Bears have made five straight post season appearances. Two in the NIT and three in the NCAA tournament.

  • The last time the Bears did play in the NIT or NCAA tournament was during the 1997-98 season when they went 12-15 overall and 8-10 in Pac-10 play.

  • California won the 1999 NIT title after going 22-11 during the season.

  • Ben Braun was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1997.

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Norz's Humble Prediction

Despite riding a four-game losing streak, OSU will put together a solid performance in front of the hometown crowd and send Cal back to California 0-2 from the Beaver State  Beavers by 12. 

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Full Roster

No.
Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
Hometown
0 Rod Benson F/C 6-10 205 SO San Diego, CA
1 Ayinde Ubaka G 6-2 200 FR Oakland, CA
2 A.J. Diggs G 5-10 175 SR Long Beach, CA
3 Dominic McGuire F 6-7 205 FR San Diego, CA
10 Jodi Geli F 6-10 200 SO Girona, Spain
15 Richard Midgley G 6-2 200 SO Burgess Hill, England
20 Martin Smith G 5-11 170 SO Escondido, CA
22 Cyrus Goode G 6-2 190 FR East Palo Alto, CA
24 Amit Tamir F/C 6-10 260 SR Jerusalem, Israel
25 Marquise Kately G/F 6-5 220 FR San Francico, CA
30 Erik Bond F/G 6-7 205 SO Seattle, WA
33 Gabriel Hughes G/C 6-11 225 SR Carson, CA
35 Alex Pribble G 6-4 205 FR Fairfax, CA
40 Conor Famulener F 6-6 230 SR Walnut Creek, CA
44 Leon Powe F 6-8 245 FR Oakland, CA
55 David Paris F 6-8 260 SO Modesto, CA

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