California Preview

The Beavers begin a three-game homestand against the Cal Bears who have lost two in a row. <br><br> Game time is 7:00 PM. The game will not be televised in Oregon.

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.
    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



The Players
(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.

Starting Five

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.

G 15 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 18 games and has started in 9...played 26 minutes, scored 8 points, grabbed 2 rebounds and dished out 6 assists against the Beavs...averaging 24.6 minutes, 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists...shooting .535 from the field, .458 from downtown, second in the Pac-10, and .645 from the line.

Brain Wethers driving to the hole.
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 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.


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 18...played 13 minutes and scored 2 points, grabbed 2 rebounds against Oregon 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 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 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 19 minutes against OSU, grabbed 6 rebounds and scored 1 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



Team Preview

Amit Tamir rises up for two.
Amit Tamir was hurt by Brian Jackson in the second half. (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 35 ppg this season.

  • Three-pointers - third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage with a .355 percentage.

  • Field-goals - shooting a conference second best .492 from the field.


  • 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...

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...
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 | 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 once.

  • 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 State, Howard)

  • 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 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.


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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