Men's Basketball Hosts No. 21 USC
Feb. 2, 2001
Coming off its best game of the season, Cal returns to action Saturday when the Bears host No. 21 USC at 5 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.
Against the Trojans, Cal will be putting its 14-game home winning streak, and perfect 11-0 mark in Berkeley in 2000-01, on the line. The string, which dates back to an 86-73 victory over the Trojans last March 4, is the fifth-longest home streak in school history and also ties for the 12th longest current home win streak in the country.
Now at 6-2 in the Pac-10, Cal has moved into a tie for second place in the conference standings. Overall, the Bears have won four straight, seven of their last eight and 14 of their past 16. A win Saturday would make Cal 15-2 since Dec. 5 - their best run since the 1959-60 squad completed its season with a 28-2 record. In addition, the Bears would improve to 16-5, tying the 1997 team for the strongest 21-game record under head coach Ben Braun.
In Thursday's 92-63 win over UCLA, the Bears posted their second-highest margin of victory over the Bruins in the 80-year history of the series. Cal also tied its school record with 13 three-pointers and matched a school mark for conference games with 29 assists. As a group, the Bears shot 60.3 percent from the floor and 59.1 percent from behind the arc.
The win moved Cal up four places in the RPI to No. 20. The Bears are also a season-high 17th in the Sagarin ratings.
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to carry a major load. The team's leader in both scoring (18.6 ppg, 19.8 ppg Pac-10) and rebounding (6.9 rpg), he is also second in assists with 3.4 per game. On Monday, he was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career after posting a pair of double-doubles at Washington State (27-12) and Washington (21-11). With 1,542 points, he has moved within 146 points of Lamond Murray's school career mark of 1,688 points.