California Preview

Oregon State travels to Los Angeles to face the no. 24 Bears in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. <br><br> Tipoff is at 9:10 PM. The contest can be seen live over FoxSports Net.

Oregon State (13-14, 6-12) vs California (20-7, 13-5)
Thursday, March 13 - 9:10 PM (Fox Sports Net)
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
Series All-time: California leads 66-53.
Last meeting: California 84, Oregon State 71



Tourney Time!

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.

Whomever wins the game will face the winner of the Stanford/USC game at 8:45 PM on Friday.

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.
    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, 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.

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 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 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.

G 15 Richard Midgley (6-1, 200) - freshman from England who took over the starting role from A.J. Diggs in the Stanford game...named to 2003 All-Pac-10 freshman team...has played in all 27 games and has started in 18...played 26 minutes, scored 8 points, grabbed 2 rebounds and dished out 6 assists against the Beavs in California...played 27 minutes at Gill, scored eight points, grabbed three boards and dished out three assists, also had two steals...averaging 25.9 minutes, 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists...shooting .478 from the field, .449 from downtown, and .719 from the line.

Brain Wethers is averaging 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assits per game.
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 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.


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 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 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 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 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 19 minutes against OSU at Cal, grabbed 6 rebounds and scored one 13 minutes at OSU, scored two points and grabbed one 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



Team Preview

Amit Tamir tied a Gill Coliseum record by hitting seven three pointers in Corvallis.
Amit Tamir tied a Gill Coliseum record by hitting seven three pointers in Corvallis. (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.

  • Shooting - second in the in field goal percentage with a .469 mark...second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage with a .377 percentage.

  • Active hands - third in assists with 435 (16.11 apg)...fourth in steals with 6.78 spg.


  • 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...

in Corvallis...
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 | Recap | Pictures


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 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 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


BeaverBlitz Top Stories