The Beavers return to the Pac-10 tournament for the first time since the tournaments return in 2002. Sixth seeded Oregon State faces the third seed, California, who have been ranked as high as 18th in the nation and currently is holding a #24 national ranking.
California swept the 2003 series with the Beavers by defeating OSU at home 78-73 and winning 84-71 on the road in Corvallis. Each time the Golden Bears were on fire from downtown, hitting ten three pointers at Haas Pavilion and eight at Gill Coliseum.
With a 20-7 overall record and a 13-5 record in the Pac-10, California is almost guaranteed a postseason birth for the fifth straight year. In 1999 and 2000, Cal played in the NIT tournament, winning the title in '99. The past two seasons the Bears have made it to the big dance.
Currently, the Bears have won 10 straight over OSU and are 15-1 in their last 16 games in the series. The Beavers have not defeated Cal since a 46-43 victory on March 5, 1998.
The Bears and Beavers have met twice in the Pac-10 tournament, both in the late eighties. Cal defeated OSU, 64-57, in the 1987 quarterfinals, while OSU defeated Cal, 79-66, in the 1989 quarterfinals.
Oregon State is 3-3 in Pac-10 tournament play. Oregon State reached the championship game in 1988 during the tournaments inaugural year.
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: 20-7, 13-5 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: Third in the Pac-10, ranked #24 in the AP poll and #23 in the coaches poll.
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, 20.7 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Amit Tamir 6.4 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Amit Tamir , 3.2 apg
Blocked shots leader: Gabriel Hughes, 1.0 bpg
Minutes played per game: Joe Shipp, 35.6 mpg
Most steals per game: A.J. Diggs, 1.7 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 26 of 27 games this season...scored
18 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists in 35 minutes
against the Beavers in Berkeley...played 30 minutes against the Beavers
in Oregon scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out six assists...in
32.8 mpg is averaging 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per
game...shooting .490 from the field, .397 from the three point line,
and .667 from the charity stripe.
Brain Wethers is averaging 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assits per game. (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 all 27 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 in Berkley...tied a Gill Coliseum record with 7 three pointers,
played 39 minutes, scored 27 points on 9 of 18 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds
and dished out two assists...averaging 34.3 minutes, 16.1 points, a team leading
6.4 rebounds, and a team leading 3.2 assists...shooting .428 from the field,
.428 from long range, and .821 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 26 games, played in 27 this season...only played 8 minutes against the Beavers at Haas Pavilion, grabbed one rebound...played 11 minutes against OSU in Corvallis, scored five points grabbed four rebounds and had three blocks...averaging 12.8 minutes, 2.6 points, and 3.3 rebounds while shooting .492 from the field and .481 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...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 27 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 at Cal...scored 18 points on 9 of 16 shooting in Corvallis, grabbed a team high 9 rebounds, grabbed two steals...leads the Bears in minutes (35.6 mpg), a conference leading 20.7 points, offensive rebounds (2.0 orpg), field goals made (212), and field goals attempted (408)...second in rebounds (6.1 rpg), and free throw percentage (.772)...shooting .520 from the field and .356 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 27...played 13 minutes and scored 2 points, grabbed 2 rebounds against
Oregon State in Berkeley...played 12 minutes at OSU, scored two points and
dished out two assists...in 20.7 minutes Diggs is averaging 3.4 points, 2.1
rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a Pac-10 and team leading 1.7 steals per game...shooting
.333 from the field, .125 from the three point line, and .590 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 26 games this season, has started one game...played 25 minutes against the Beavers in California, scored 2 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and picked up 4 assists...played 25 minutes at Ralph Miller Court, scored six points and grabbed five rebounds...averaging 21.3 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg...shooting .508 from the field, .250 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 27 games this year...in 19 minutes against OSU at Cal, grabbed 6 rebounds and scored one point...in 13 minutes at OSU, scored two points and grabbed one rebound...in 9.2 minutes Bond is averaging 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game...shooting .323 from the field, .281 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 22 games...played 8 minutes and scored 4 points against Oregon State in Berkeley...scored two points and grabbed one rebound in give minutes against OSU in Corvallis...averaging 7.0 minutes, 1.8 points, and 1.5 rebounds...shooting .529 from the field and .200 from the charity stripe.
Numbers Don't Lie
TEAM STATISTICS CAL OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 2029 1898 Points per game............. 75.1 70.3 Scoring margin.............. +4.9 - FIELD GOALS-ATT............... 740-1579 691-1570 Field goal pct.............. .469 .440 3 POINT FG-ATT................ 175-464 195-574 3-point FG pct.............. .377 .340 3-pt FG made per game....... 6.5 7.2 FREE THROWS-ATT............... 374-539 321-470 Free throw pct.............. .694 .683 REBOUNDS...................... 942 911 Rebounds per game........... 34.9 33.7 Rebounding margin........... +1.1 - ASSISTS....................... 435 442 Assists per game............ 16.1 16.4 TURNOVERS..................... 381 416 Turnovers per game.......... 14.1 15.4 Turnover margin............. +1.3 - Assist/turnover ratio....... 1.1 1.1 STEALS........................ 183 154 Steals per game............. 6.8 5.7 BLOCKS........................ 72 65 Blocks per game............. 2.7 2.4 ATTENDANCE.................... 146625 91644 Home games-Avg/Game......... 14-10473 11-8331 Neutral site-Avg/Game....... - 2-0 BY PERIOD 1st 2nd OT Total ------------ ---- ---- ---- ---- Team........ 951 1044 34 - 2029 Opponents... 864 1010 24 - 1898
Amit Tamir tied a Gill Coliseum record by hitting seven three pointers in Corvallis. (Getty Images)
- Blocks - last in the Pac-10 with 2.67 bpg.
- Offensive rebounds - last in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds with 10.93 orpg.
Last Time the Bears Played Oregon State...
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 | Box Score | BeaverFootball.com Recap | Pictures
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 2003 Series
- The Beavers shot 45.3% (55-122) from the field, 32.7% (14-42) from three
point range, and 67.7% (20-30) from the free throw line during the 2003 series.
- The Bears shot 52.2% (58-111) from the field, 46.9% (18-40) from three point
range, and 75.6% (28-38)from the free throw line during the 2003 series.
- The Bears hit 18 three point shots (54 points) in two games against the
Beavers. OSU hit 14 (42 points).
- On average Cal had a 9 point lead at halftime.
- The most points scored by an individual in the 2003 series was Joe Shipp's
35 points in Berkeley, the next highest was Amit Tamir's 27 in Corvallis.
The most points scored by a Beaver was 23 by Philip Ricci in Berkeley.
- The Bears outrebounded the Beavers, 69-62.
- The Bears had one more turnover than the Beavers, 31-30.
- The Bears had one more assist than the Beavers, 34-33.
- The Bears had two more blocks than the Beavers, 6-4.
- The Beavers had four more steals than the Bears, 13-9.
News from the Latest Bear Game
Matt Lottich's lousy shooting in Stanford's first game against rival California was still fresh in his mind, and he was determined to play better this time.
Lottich scored 14 points, making 4-of-8 3-pointers, and also had four rebounds and two assists as the No. 17 Cardinal continued their dominance of Cal at home, defeating the No. 22 Golden Bears 72-60 Saturday night to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference...Golden Bears Defeated by No. 17 Stanford | Box Score
News and Notes
- The Bears have won the last eight meetings with Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.
Have won ten straight in the series and 15 of the last 16 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 lost eight straight to the Bears at Gill Coliseum, dating
back to at 83-67 victory March 4, 1995.
- 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 a ten 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|