Men's Basketball Hosts Stanford
Feb. 12, 2001
Fresh off a road sweep of Oregon State and Oregon, Cal starts a three-game homestand with second-ranked Stanford Saturday afternoon in a sold-out game that will be televised regionally by ABC.
The Bears enter the contest having won six of their past seven games and 16 of their last 19. At 17-6 overall, Cal has its best mark after 23 games since Ben Braun's first season in Berkeley in 1997, while the Bears 8-3 Pac-10 record means the team has already surpassed last year's conference victory total when it finished 7-11.
Cal, though, will have its hands full with the Cardinal. The Bears haven't beaten Stanford since a 70-64 decision in old Harmon Gym on Jan. 29, 1997. However, Cal is 11-1 in Haas Pavilion this season and has won 14 of its last 15 games in the facility.
As a result of their recent play, the Bears have been a consistent member of the Top 25 in a pair of computer rankings, coming in this week at No. 22 in both the RPI and the Sagarin ratings.
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to make a strong push for Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Last week, he set a career high with 32 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3P, 12-14 FT) at Oregon State, including the game-winning three-pointer just before the final buzzer in overtime. He then had 17 points and 10 boards at Oregon to lead the Bears to their fourth straight road win.
Overall, Lampley paces the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.5 ppg (21.5 ppg in league games). He is shooting a career-best 52.2 percent from the floor and has made 26 of his last 36 field goal attempts (72.2%). With 1,620 points, Lampley needs just 69 more to pass Lamond Murray to become the school's all-time leading scorer. He has twice been named Pac-10 Player of the Week - Jan. 29 and again on Feb. 12.
Also on the inside, sophomore center Nick Vander Laan is coming off one of his strongest performances in recent weeks with seven points and 10 boards against the Ducks last Saturday. Along with junior center Solomon Hughes, who leads the Pac-10 in field goal shooting (64.5%), the tandem will play a key role in the Bears game against the Cardinal this weekend.