California Preview

After losing a close one to Stanford on Thursday night the Beavers turn their attention to Cal who has not lost at home this year. Gametime is 7:00 PM on Saturday.

Oregon State (7-5, 0-3) at California (9-2, 2-0)
Thursday, January 11 - 7:00 PM (KPDX in Portland, KRON in California)
Haas Pavilion - Berkeley, CA
Series All-time: California leads 64-53.
Last meeting: California 73, Oregon State 58

The Nitty Gritty on the Bears

  • Home Court: Haas Pavilion (11,892)
  • All-time Record: 1,270-966 (93 years)
  • Joined Pac-10: 1915-16

  • Current Record: 9-2, 2-0 in Pac-10 play
  • Notable wins in 2002-03: Defeated no. 12 Oregon, 88-72, defeated New Mexico in Albuquerque, 76-68.
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Second in the Pac-10, not ranked in the top 25.
    California was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Ben Braun is in his seventh year as head coach at Cal.
    Career Record: 451-305; California Record: 118-70; Pac-10 Record: 58-51

  • 2001-02 Record: 23-9; 12-6 in Pac-10 play
  • Notable Pac-10 wins during the 2001-02 season: Defeated #12 Stanford at home, 68-54, defeated #23 USC in Los Angeles, 92-91, defeated #13 Oregon at home in double overtime, 107-103, defeated #25 UCLA (69-51) and #20 USC (83-64) back to back at home.
  • Pac-10 Tournament: The Bears lost to Arizona in the semifinals, 90-78. Recap | Box Score
  • Postseason: Lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to #9 Pittsburgh, 63-50. Recap | Box Score

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: 8 wins (current)

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

The Players
(Full Roster | Season Stats)

Leading Scorer: Joe Shipp, 19.3 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Amit Tamir, 7.0 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Brian Wethers, 3.1 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Gabriel Hughes, .91 bpg
Minutes played per game: Joe Shipp, 35.3 mpg
Most steals per game: A.J. Diggs, 2.6 spg

Returning starters: guard Brian Wethers and forward Joe Shipp.

Starting Five

PG Brian Wethers (6-5, 215) - big, strong, physical guard who uses his size to post up smaller guards...loves to rebound...has 60 starts to his credit...can take over a game with his defensive skills...has started 10 games this season...second in minutes with 33.3 per game...averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and a team leading 3.2 assists per game...shooting .515 from the field, .316 from the three point line, and .519 from the charity stripe.

G Richard Midgley (6-1, 200) - freshman from England who took over the starting role from A.J. Diggs in the Stanford game...has played in all 11 games and has started in 3...averaging 24.4 minutes, 9.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists...shooting .536 from the field, .464 from downtown, second in the Pac-10, and .667 from the line.

Brain Wethers driving to the hole.
Brain Wethers is an excellent defender and runs the California attack. (Getty Images)

F Amit Tamir (6-11, 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...excellent free throw shooter who shoots over 80% from the line...earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors last year...member of the Israeli National of Cal's leaders...has started all 11 games this season...averaging 34.0 minutes, 17.2 points, a team leading 7.0 rebounds, and a team leading 3.1 assists...has posted two double-doubles this season...leds Cal in turnovers with 32 (2.9 topg)...leds the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding with 5.6 drpg...shooting .444 from the field, .429 from long range, and .865 from the free throw line.

C Gabriel Hughes (6-10, 215) - athletic big man who runs the floor well...has a nose for the ball and is a decent shot-blocker...plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm...accurate shooter who has a career field goal percentage of 61.1%...leds the Bears in blocks with 10 (.91 bpg)...has started in 10 games, played in 11 this season...averaging 13.5 minutes, 2.4 points, and 3.5 rebounds while shooting .414 from the field and .222 from the free throw line.

F Joe Shipp (6-5, 220) - can score from anywhere on the court...has an excellent outside touch, but utilizes his quickness and strength to take it to the hoop...worked out with NBA forward Lamond Murray over the summer...has scored more than 1,000 points during his career at Cal...has made 138 three-pointers...Cal's leading returning rebounder and shot blocker...decent free throw shooter with a career 76% from the line...has not missed a game during his time with the Bears...has started all 11 games this season...leds the Bears in minutes (35.3 mpg), points (19.3), offensive rebounds (2.3 orpg), field goals made (77), and field goals attempted (160)...second in blocked shots (.72 bpg), rebounds (5.9 rpg), and free throw percentage (.841)...shooting .481 from the field and .438 from downtown.

The Bench

G A.J. Diggs (5-9, 175) - quick, energetic in-your-face defensive player who loves to disrupt the opposing teams offense...led the Bears in steals last year...walked on last year from Long Beach Poly High School...has started in 9 games this year, has played in all 25.5 minutes Diggs is averaging 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and a Pac-10 and team leading 2.6 steals per game...shooting .317 from the field, .143 from the three point line, and .633 from the charity stripe.

F Conor Famulener (6-6, 230) - big man who attended Pete Newell's Big Man Camp...not afraid to mix it up downlow...hard working, experienced player...has the ability to shoot from the three-point line...has played in 10 games this season, has started one game...averaging 20.2 mpg, 2.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg...shooting .522 from the field, .300 from three point range, and .500 from the free throw line.

F Erik Bond (6-7, 205) - redshirted last year after undergoing ankle surgery...smooth forward who can shoot from the outside...great leaper with a 37-inch vertical...was Washington Player of the Year in 2000...has played in all 11 games this 11.1 minutes Bond is averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game...shooting .400 from the field, .353 from downtown, and .000 from the free throw line, he has attempted only one free throw.

F David Paris (6-9, 260) - strong, physical forward who loves to rebound...high school teammate of David Paris...has played in 9 games...averaging 7.9 minutes, 2.1 points, and 1.8 rebounds...shooing .692 from the field and .083 from the charity stripe.

Numbers Don't Lie

   TEAM STATISTICS                    CAL          OPP      
   SCORING..................          834          747
     Points per game........         75.8         67.9
     Scoring margin.........         +7.9            -
   FIELD GOALS-ATT..........      305-656      278-630
     Field goal pct.........         .465         .441
   3 POINT FG-ATT...........       76-196       79-249
     3-point FG pct.........         .388         .317
     3-pt FG made per game..          6.9          7.2
   FREE THROWS-ATT..........      148-222      112-171
     Free throw pct.........         .667         .655
   REBOUNDS.................          405          356
     Rebounds per game......         36.8         32.4
     Rebounding margin......         +4.5            -
   ASSISTS..................          188          180
     Assists per game.......         17.1         16.4
   TURNOVERS................          162          185
     Turnovers per game.....         14.7         16.8
     Turnover margin........         +2.1            -
     Assist/turnover ratio..          1.2          1.0
   STEALS...................           79           69
     Steals per game........          7.2          6.3
   BLOCKS...................           27           29
     Blocks per game........          2.5          2.6
   WINNING STREAK...........            3            -
     Home win streak........            7            -
   ATTENDANCE...............        68844        44561
     Home games-Avg/Game....       7-9835       2-9469
     Neutral site-Avg/Game..            -      2-12812

   SCORE BY PERIODS:                1st  2nd   OT    Total
   ------------------------------  ---- ---- ----     ----
   California....................   389  414   31  -   834
   Opponents.....................   339  388   20  -   747

Team Preview

Amit Tamir rises up for two.
Amit Tamir brings versatility to the box. He can shoot from the outside and bang with the big fellas down low. (Getty Images)


  • Leadership - Three-year lettermen Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers will provide the leadership on the floor. The two forwards are combining for over 30 ppg this season.

  • Home court - During the past two seasons, Cal has posted a 31-3 record at Haas Pavilion

  • Three-pointers - second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage with .388.


  • Free-throws - as team shooting .667 from the line, seventh in the conference.

  • Blockers and rebounders - last in the Pac-10 with 2.45 bpg and last in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds with 11.64 orpg.

Last Time the Bears Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Joe Shipp scored 14 points, and A.J. Diggs hit the clinching shot with just under 25 seconds left as California defeated Oregon State 61-53 Saturday night. Dennis Gates and Brian Wethers added 10 points each as the Golden Bears (11-3, 2-2 Pac-10) won on the road for the first time in four tries this season. Recap | Box Score

in Berkeley...
California shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor and held Oregon State to just 19 rebounds as the Golden Bears moved to 16-5 on the season with a 73-58 victory over the Beavers Thursday night in Haas Pavilion. With the win, Cal also improved to 7-4 in Pac-10 action, just one game out of first place in the loss column. Recap | Box Score

News from the Latest Bear Game

Amit Tamir scored 25 points and Joe Shipp added 22 points and eight rebounds to lead California to its third straight win, an 88-72 upset over No. 12 Oregon on Thursday night. Brian Wethers added 16 points for the Golden Bears (9-2, 2-0 Pac-10), who won at home for the 12th straight time. Luke Jackson had 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Oregon. The Pac-10's top scoring team had only 38 points with 14:54 left, and the Ducks have been averaging nearly 90 per game. They had been doing just about everything right coming into this game...Cal Shocks No. 12 Oregon | Box Score

News and Notes

  • California swept the 2002 series with the Beavers. The Bears won in Corvallis, 61-53, on January 12 and defeated the Beavers in Berkeley on February 7, 73-58.

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

  • California plays its first three Pac-10 games at home.

  • The Bears have made four straight post season appearances. Two in the NIT and two 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.

  • Cal is 2-1 in overtime games this year and have won 7 of their last 8 overtime games overall.

  • 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.

  • The Golden Bears have three players from overseas. Jodi Geli Vilardell is from Spain, Richard Midgley is from England, and Amit Tamir is from Israel.

  • California is 7-0 at home this season and currently has a 12 game home winning streak that dates back to last year.

  • Over the past two seasons, Cal is 24-1 at Haas Pavilion

Full Roster

0 Rod Benson F/C 6-10 195 Fr. San Diego, CA
1 Tashaan Forehan-Kelly G 6-3 170 So. Irvine, CA
2 A.J. Diggs G 5-10 165 Jr. Long Beach, CA
3 Donte Smith G 6-2 190 Sr. Washington, D.C.
10 Jodi Geli Vilardell F 6-10 190 Fr. Girona, Spain
15 Richard Midgley G 6-1 200 Fr. Burgess Hill, England
20 Martin Smith G 5-11 155 Fr. Escondido, CA
22 Mark Thompson F 6-4 215 Jr. Santa Rosa, CA
24 Amit Tamir F/C 6-11 260 So. Jerusalem, Israel
25 Brian Wethers G/F 6-5 215 Sr. Murietta, CA
30 Erik Bond F/G 6-7 205 Fr. Seattle, WA
33 Gabriel Hughes G/C 6-11 225 Jr. Carson, CA
34 Joe Shipp F 6-5 220 Sr. Los Angeles, CA
35 Steve Panawek F 6-5 190 Fr. Moraga, CA
40 Conor Famulenur F 6-6 225 Jr. Walnut Creek, CA
55 David Paris F 6-9 260 Fr. Modesto, CA

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