Cal Hosts UCLA, USC in Haas This Week
Jan. 29, 2001
Cal puts its 13-game home winning streak, and perfect 10-0 mark in Berkeley in 2000-01, on the line this week when the Bears host UCLA and USC in Haas Pavilion.
The string, which dates back to an 86-73 victory over the Trojans last March 4, ties for the fifth-longest home streak in school history and also ties for the 14th longest current home win streak in the country.
The Bears enter Thursday's UCLA contest having won 13 of their last 15 contests. Cal is also off to a 5-2 start in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1994.
In addition, the Bears 14-5 overall mark is the best for the squad since the 1997 team started 16-5 in Ben Braun's first year in Berkeley.
Despite the recent success, Cal is receiving little attention in the national polls. However, as of Monday, the Bears are 22nd in the RPI and 19th in the Sagarin ratings, showing that they should rate among the country's elite teams.
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to carry a major load for Cal. The team's leader in both scoring (18.9 ppg, 21.0 ppg Pac-10) and rebounding (6.7 rpg), he is also second in assists with 3.3 per game. Last week in Washington, Lampley had 27 points, including six in overtime, and 12 rebounds at WSU and another 21 points and 11 boards at Washington. With 1,531 points, he has moved within 157 points of Lamond Murray's school career mark of 1,688 points.
In the backcourt, sophomore point guard Shantay Legans, who averages 9.7 ppg, ranks among the Pac-10's leaders in assists (4.32 apg), steals (1.53 spg), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.10), free throw percentage (84.4%) and three-point percentage (40.6%).
TV Note: The Cal-UCLA will be shown on a delay basis in northern California on Fox Sports Net Bay Area at 1 a.m. on Friday morning and again at 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. It will be live on Fox Sports West 2 in the L.A. area.