Men's Basketball Hosts ASU, No. 8 Arizona
March 5, 2001
Cal closes out the regular season at home this weekend when the Bears host Arizona State and No. 8 Arizona.
One more victory and Cal will reach 20 wins on the season for the third time in Ben Braun's five years in Berkeley. The Bears last won 20 games in 1999 when they finished 22-11 and captured the NIT championship. In 1997, Cal completed a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 with a 23-9 record.
The Bears match-up with ASU Thursday gives Cal an opportunity for its fifth season sweep of the year, something the Bears haven't accomplished since 1990. Cal is already 2-0 against Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State this season and owns an 82-67 victory over the Sun Devils from Jan. 6.
This weekend's games will also mark the final Haas Pavilion appearances of Cal's two seniors - co-captains Morgan Lingle and Sean Lampley - and the pair will be honored before Saturday's Arizona contest.
Lampley continues to lead the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.7 ppg and he has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Cal's all-time leading scorer with 1,723 points, Lampley is the only player in school history to rank among Cal's career Top 10 in points (1st), rebounds (4th, 865) and assists (10th, 282).
Joining Lampley along the front line is junior Solomon Hughes, who re-entered the starting lineup Feb. 22 against Washington. And over the last four games, Hughes, who leads the conference in field goal shooting at 63.4 percent, is averaging 10.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
In the backcourt, sophomores Brian Wethers and Shantay Legans both had good performances last week in Los Angeles. Wethers scored a team-high 18 points at USC March 3 (6-9 FG, 3-4 3P, 3-4 FT), while Legans had 16 points at UCLA March 1. For the year, Legans paces the Bears in assists (129), three-pointers (41) and steals (36).