California Scouting Report II

Oregon State will look to snap a 12-game winning streak against Cal and slide into the eighth and final tournament slot. Cal will be playing their final home game of the season and looking to gain a higher seed in the upcoming March event. <br><br> Tipoff is at 8:00 p.m. The contest can be seen live over Fox Sports Net.

Oregon State (11-14, 5-10) vs California (12-12, 8-7)
Saturday, February 28 - 8:00 PM (Fox Sports Net)
Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, CA
Series All-time: California leads 66-54
Last meeting: California 88, Oregon State 74

 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: 12-12, 8-7 in Pac-10 play
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Fourth and  not receiving any votes in AP or Coaches poll.
    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: 12 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)



Pac-10 Tournament Update

Oregon State will try to scramble back to the eighth seed position for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and in the process end a dubious streak (12 straight wins by Cal) when it concludes its 2003-2004 road schedule Saturday at California. The Beavers are currently ninth (top-8 advance) at 5-10 in league play, one game behind Washington State. If the Beavers catch WSU they would have the edge in the tiebreaker by virtue of sweeping the Cougars this season. WSU is at Arizona Saturday, and then hosts the Bay Area schools next week. The Bears are currently the fourth seed, but trail second seed Washington by just one game. Cal travels to Seattle Thursday.



Notes from the Corvallis contest

  • David Lucas lead the Beavers in scoring with 25 and in rebounding with nine.  The Bears were led by Amit Tamir who poured in 20, including 6 of 10 from three point range.

  • Lucas had six of the Beavers ten turnovers.

  • Leon Powe made 10 of 16 from the free throw line while also grabbing a game high 14 rebounds.

  • OSU hit 43.1% from the field while Cal made 53.6% of their shots.

  • California had a three point lead at halftime.



The Players
(Full Roster | Season Stats)

Leading Scorer: Leon Powe, 14.9
Leading Rebounder: Leon Powe, 9.5
Leading Assist Man: Ayinde Ubaka, 4.04
Blocked shots leader:
Dominic McGuire, .87
Minutes played per game: Amit Tamir, 30.3
Most steals per game: Richard Midgley, 1.04

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 and can put it on the floor...durable...has started 21 games, played in 24...shooting .418 from the field, .343 from downtown, and .733 from the free throw line...averaging 10.5 points. 1.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game...scored 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting in 24 minutes at Oregon State, also added two rebounds.

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 22 games, played in 23...shooting .340 from the field, .268 from three point range and .686 from the 29.2 minutes is averaging 6.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 4.04 assists (ninth in the conference)...scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, and dealt out a team high five 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 of Cal's a team leading 30.3 minutes is averaging 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per gmae...shooting .428 from the field, .342 from the three point line, and .789 from the charity stripe...has team leading 63 personal fouls...continued his hot streak on Ralph Miller Court hitting 6 of 10 from three-point range while also adding 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

F 44 Leon Powe (6-8, 245) - tenacious rebounder...has a scoring mentality...tough around the basket...relentless on the court...strong player in the paint...does not have three-point range...shooting .492 from the floor and .616 from the free throw 30.0 minutes is averaging a team leading 14.9 (ninth in the conference) points and a team and conference leading 9.5 rebounds...only has 17 assists this year...has started 22 and played in 23 games...scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 29 minutes in Corvallis.

F 25 Marquise Kately (6-5, 220) - explosive scorer...good defender and work ethic...shooting a team best .543 (eighth in the conference) from the field while shooting .438 from the line...averaging 11.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game...leads the team in turnovers with 59...has started 19 games, played in all 22 minutes at OSU shot a team best 6 of 7 from the field while dishing out two assists.


The Bench

G 2 A.J. Diggs (5-9, 175) - quick, energetic junior...great on the ball in-your-face defensive player who loves to disrupt the opposing team's of Cal's veterans and leaders...plays at the end of games...possesses a lot of intangibles...averaging 1.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game in 15.8 minutes...shooting .325 from the field, .200 from behind the arc, and .625 from the free throw 19 minutes scored two points and added one rebound and four assists...was in foul trouble most of the night at OSU.

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 8.5 minutes is shooting .407 from the field, .143 from three point range and .692 from the line...averaging 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds...played nine minutes in Corvallis.

F 55 David Paris (6-9, 260) - strong, physical forward who loves to rebound...decent footwork...sets deadly 5.6 minutes is shooting .312 from the field and .500 from the free throw line...averaging 1.5 points and .7 rebounds per game...played six minutes and grabbed one rebound at OSU.

F 3 Dominic McGuire (6-7, 205) - good shot blocker...athletic and of the first players off the bench...played in 23 games, started 15.2 minutes is averaging 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and .87 blocks per game (ninth in the conference)...shooting .370 from the field, .158 from three point range and a team worst .432 from the 17 minutes scored five points and swatted three shots in Gill Coliseum.

F/C 00 Rod Benson (6-10, 205) - tall, lanky who likes to play on the box...a defensive specialist...very active when on the floor...good leaper...played in 17 games shooting .500 from the field and .500 from the line...averaging 2.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, and .76 blocks per game (tenth in the conference)...played two minutes versus OSU and picked up one foul.

G 20 Martin Smith (5-11, 170) - 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...grabbed two rebounds in six minutes at Oregon State.



Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                         CAL          OPP
SCORING.......................         1600         1592
  Points per game.............         66.7         66.3
  Scoring margin..............         +0.3            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............     580-1327     556-1257
  Field goal pct..............         .437         .442
3 POINT FG-ATT................      107-353      154-411
  3-point FG pct..............         .303         .375
  3-pt FG made per game.......          4.5          6.4
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      333-537      326-449
  Free throw pct..............         .620         .726
REBOUNDS......................          836          783
  Rebounds per game...........         34.8         32.6
  Rebounding margin...........         +2.2            -
ASSISTS.......................          331          357
  Assists per game............         13.8         14.9
TURNOVERS.....................          333          356
  Turnovers per game..........         13.9         14.8
  Turnover margin.............         +1.0            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          1.0          1.0
STEALS........................          153          144
  Steals per game.............          6.4          6.0
BLOCKS........................           74           83
  Blocks per game.............          3.1          3.5
WINNING STREAK................            1            -
  Home win streak.............            1            -
ATTENDANCE....................       151071        90625
  Home games-Avg/Game.........     14-10791       9-8729
  Neutral site-Avg/Game.......            -      1-12066

BY PERIOD     1st  2nd  OT     Total
------------ ---- ---- ----     ----
Team........  747  844    9  -  1600
Opponents...  760  827    5  -  1592





  • Rebounds - Third in the conference grabbing 31.8 per game

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

  • Good "D" - Giving up just 66.3 points per game (third in the conference) and holding their opponents to just .422 from the field (third in the conference).



  • Scoring - Averaging just 66.7 points a game (ninth in the conference), shooting just .437 from the field (sixth in the conference), and a conference worst .303 from downtown.

  • Sharing the rock - Averaging just 13.79 assists per game (ninth in the conference).
  • Free throws - Last in the Pac-10 making just .620 from the line.



Last Time the Bears Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Amit Tamir had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead California to a 88-74 victory over Oregon State Saturday night.

The Golden Bears (9-9, 5-4 Pacific 10) have won three of their last four and extended their winning streak over the Beavers to 12 straight game...Beavers stumble against Cal

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



News from the Latest Bear Game

Leon Powe broke out of a two-week shooting slump with 20 points, 11 rebounds and a key block in overtime to help California snap a three-game losing streak with an 85-81 overtime win over Oregon on Thursday night.

Powe, the Bears' leading scorer, averaged less than eight points during California's three-game losing streak. But he came up big in overtime with a pair of free throws and the block against Luke Jackson that preserved an 82-79 lead with 55 seconds to play...Bears bounce Oregon in OT, 85-81



News and Notes

  • Cal has a 12-game winning streak versus OSU.  The Beavs have not won in Berkeley since 1995, but did win in Oakland in 1998.  Cal's 12-game winning streak over OSU is the fourth-longest current streak in the Pac-10.
  • This contest versus OSU is the last home game this season for the Bears.  A.J. Diggs, Conor Famulener, Gabriel Hughes and Amit Tamir will be playing their last home game.
  • Leon Powe is aiming to become the first freshman in the history of the Pac-10 to lead the league in rebounding for an entire season.
  • Amit Tamir needs just eight more points to become the 33rd player in Cal history to reach 1,000 for his career.
  • Cal has won its last four games decided by five points or less (vs. USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon) after losing five of its first six close encounters.
  • With Thursday's 85-81 overtime win over Oregon, Cal improved to 9-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
  • Except for the Jan. 8 game at Arizona when Leon Powe sat out with a sore knee, Cal has started the same lineup in every Pac-10 game this season.
  • Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Cal is 54-9 in Haas Pavilion, meaning the Bears have won 85.7 percent of their home games the last four years.
  • 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.



Norz's Humble Prediction

History is against the Beavers and Cal will be extra excited for their final home game of the season.  Cal by 10.



Full Roster

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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