Oregon State (11-7, 4-5) vs California (14-4, 7-2)
Thursday, February 6- 7:00 PM (No TV in Oregon)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: California leads 65-53.
Last meeting: California 78, Oregon State 73
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: 14-4, 7-2 in Pac-10 play
- Notable wins in 2002-03: Defeated no. 12 Oregon, 88-72, defeated New Mexico in Albuquerque, 76-68, defeated #25 USC (73-68) and UCLA (80-69) back to back.
Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Tied for second in the Pac-10, not ranked in the top 25, but receiving votes.
Note: 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
(Full Roster | Season Stats)
Leading Scorer: Joe Shipp, 21.3 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Amit Tamir,6.7 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Brian Wethers and Amit Tamir , 3.1 apg
Blocked shots leader: Joe Shipp, .89 bpg
Minutes played per game: Joe Shipp, 35.4 mpg
Most steals per game: A.J. Diggs, 2.2 spg
Returning starters: guard Brian Wethers and forward Joe Shipp.
PG 25 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 16 games this season...scored 18
points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists in 35 minutes against
the Beavers in Berkeley...averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and a
team leading 3.1 assists per game...shooting .480 from the field, .313
from the three point line, and .558 from the charity stripe.
Brain Wethers scored 18 against the Beavers in Berkeley. (Getty Images)
F 24 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 team...one of Cal's leaders...has
started 17 of 18 games this season...played 26 minutes until he was hurt in
the second half, scored 18 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists
against OSU...averaging 33.6 minutes, 16.7 points, a team leading 6.7 rebounds,
and a team leading 3.1 assists...has posted two double-doubles this season...leds
Cal in turnovers with 48 (2.6 topg)...leds the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding
with 5.6 drpg...shooting .447 from the field, .452 from long range, and .843
from the free throw line.
C 33 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%...has started in 16 games, played in 18 this season...only played 8 minutes against the Beavers, grabbed one rebound...averaging 13.2 minutes, 2.8 points, and 3.4 rebounds while shooting .500 from the field and .421 from the free throw line.
F 34 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 17 of 18 games this season...torched OSU for 36 points, including 4 of 5 from downtown, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists in 35 minutes...leds the Bears in minutes (35.4 mpg), a conference leading 21.3 points, offensive rebounds (2.3 orpg), field goals made (142), blocked shots 15 (.88 bpg), and field goals attempted (267)...second in rebounds (6.2 rpg), and free throw percentage (.819)...shooting .532 from the field and .437 from downtown.
G A.J. Diggs (5-9, 175) - quick, energetic
junior...an 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 18...played 13 minutes and scored 2 points, grabbed 2 rebounds against
Oregon State...in 23.8 minutes Diggs is averaging 3.9 points, 2.3 rebounds,
2.4 assists, and a Pac-10 and team leading 2.2 steals per game...shooting
.309 from the field, .125 from the three point line, and .565 from the charity
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 17 games this season, has started one game...played 25 minutes against the Beavers, scored 2 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and picked up 4 assists...averaging 20.5 mpg, 2.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg...shooting .450 from the field, .222 from three point range, and .750 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 18 games this year...in 19 minutes against OSU, grabbed 6 rebounds and scored 1 point...in 10.0 minutes Bond is averaging 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game...shooting .320 from the field, .320 from downtown, and .250 from the free throw line.
F David Paris (6-9, 260) - strong, physical forward who loves to rebound...high school teammate of David Paris...has played in 15 games...played 8 minutes and scored 4 points against Oregon State...averaging 7.5 minutes, 1.8 points, and 1.9 rebounds...shooing .565 from the field and .063 from the charity stripe.
Numbers Don't Lie
TEAM STATISTICS CAL OPP --------------------------------------------------- SCORING.................. 1364 1256 Points per game........ 75.8 69.8 Scoring margin......... +6.0 - FIELD GOALS-ATT.......... 498-1053 455-1046 Field goal pct......... .473 .435 3 POINT FG-ATT........... 117-301 135-407 3-point FG pct......... .389 .332 3-pt FG made per game.. 6.5 7.5 FREE THROWS-ATT.......... 251-377 211-318 Free throw pct......... .666 .664 REBOUNDS................. 642 605 Rebounds per game...... 35.7 33.6 Rebounding margin...... +2.1 - ASSISTS.................. 301 305 Assists per game....... 16.7 16.9 TURNOVERS................ 262 286 Turnovers per game..... 14.6 15.9 Turnover margin........ +1.3 - Assist/turnover ratio.. 1.1 1.1 STEALS................... 122 104 Steals per game........ 6.8 5.8 BLOCKS................... 48 48 Blocks per game........ 2.7 2.7 WINNING STREAK........... 0 - Home win streak........ 10 - ATTENDANCE............... 100889 77758 Home games-Avg/Game.... 10-10089 6-8689 Neutral site-Avg/Game.. - 2-12812 SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd OT Total ------------------------------ ---- ---- ---- ---- California.................... 647 686 31 - 1364 Opponents..................... 557 679 20 - 1256
Amit Tamir was hurt by Brian Jackson in the second half. (Getty Images)
- Blockers - eighth in the Pac-10 with 2.88 bpg.
- Rebounds - last in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds with 9.55 orpg.
Last Time the Bears Played Oregon State...
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
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 | Box Score | BeaverFootball.com Recap
Notes from the Berkeley Game
- The Beavers shot 48.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three point
range, and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.
- The Bears shot 50.9 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three point
range, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line.
- The Bears hit 10 three pointers in the game, the Beavers hit nine.
- Cal had a nine point lead at halftime.
- OSU scored 12 second chance points, Cal scored two second chance points.
- Oregon State had 21 bench points, Cal had 11.
- The lead changed five times during the duration of the game and was tied
- Ben Braun's comments:
"I give Oregon State a lot of credit. They came out tonight and played well. (Oregon State head coach Jay John's) got them playing good defense. I was a little disappointed in that we didn't sustain our effort for a full 40-minutes tonight. Our movement wasn't as good as it needed to be. That's hard to do in back-to-back Thursday night, Saturday night games, but it's something you've got to do. They (Oregon State) hit a few threes late in the game to make it more exciting that we needed it to be, but fortunately, we hit some free throws at the end to pull out the win."
News from the Latest Bear Game
The Arizona Wildcats expect to lose their No. 1 national ranking next week. They're alone atop the Pac-10, though. Jason Gardner scored 18 points to lead six Arizona players in double figures as the Wildcats rolled over No. 20 California 95-80 on Saturday. Arizona (16-2, 8-1 Pac-10) rebounded from Thursday night's home loss to Stanford to take sole possession of first place in the conference. California (14-4, 7-2) lost both games on its Arizona trip to fall into a second-place tie with Stanford...Arizona Downs Cal | Box Score
News and Notes
- The Bears have won the last seven meetings with Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.
Have won nine straight in the series and 14 of the last 15 contests.
- Oregon State has not won in the series since a 46-43 victory March 5, 1998
at the New Arena in Oakland.
- The Beavers have also lost six straight to the Bears at Gill Coliseum,
dating back to at 83-67 victory March 4, 1995.
- The trio of Amit Tamer, Shipp and Wethers scored 110 of the team's 150 points
last week. That's 73.3 percent of the team's scoring output. Only twice this
season have all three not scored in double digits in the same game (Cleveland
- 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 nine game winning streak over the Beavers, their longest since
the Bears and Beavers have been playing each other.
- 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
- 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.
|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|