No. 20 Cal Tries to Regroup at No. 1 Arizona
Jan. 31, 2003
Game No. 18 California Golden Bears (14-3, 7-1) at Arizona Wildcats (15-2, 7-1) Saturday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. PT, McKale Center, Tucson, AZ TV: Fox Sports Net Radio: KFRC (610 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* Despite Thursday's 75-70 loss at Arizona State, Cal is still tied for first place in the Pac-10 with Arizona. Both schools have 7-1 league marks, and Cal's 7-0 start was its best in conference play since 1957.
* With 27 points at ASU, senior F Joe Shipp led the Bears in scoring for the ninth time this season. He has moved up to 10th on Cal's career scoring list with 1,396 points and will jump to eighth place with 18 points against Arizona Saturday, passing both Keith Smith (1,398) and Rickie Hawthorne (1,413).
* Senior F Brian Wethers joined Shipp in the 1,000-point club with his 18 points against the Sun Devils. Now with 1,011 points, Wethers holds down the 31st position on the Cal chart.
* Junior G A.J. Diggs swiped four steals against Arizona State to push him over 100 for his career. Diggs enters Saturday's game with 102 steals to his credit. He has 39 thefts this season, including a Cal record-tying eight at Cleveland State Nov. 30 (also Jason Kidd vs. Washington in 1993). Diggs led the Bears with 47 steals last year.
* Cal is 12-0 this season when holding opponents to 70 or fewer points, and the Bears are 11-0 when winning the rebound battle.
* Cal is looking to break a seven-game losing streak in McKale Center Saturday. The Bears won back-to-back games in 1994 (98-93 OT) and 1995 (74-72). Three of the losses during the current streak were by three points or less - 71-68 in 1996, 81-80 in '97 and 76-73 in '98, although last year's game was a blowout (99-53).
* Cal's current No. 20 ranking is the team's highest since Ben Braun became head coach in the fall of 1996.
* Cal has relied on its starting lineup more than ever over the last two games. The Bears' bench did not score in the win over UCLA and only A.J. Diggs' three points kept the reserves from being scoreless at Arizona State.
* Cal has a 2-20 all-time record vs. No. 1 teams, defeating UCLA, 85-70, in 1994 in Oakland and Cincinnati, 77-69, in the 1960 Final Four semifinals in San Francisco. The Bears have never beaten a No. 1 team on its home floor.
Arizona State Ends Cal's Win Streak, 75-70
Curtis Millage scored 21 points and Ike Diogu added 18 points and 13 rebounds as Arizona State ended Cal's eight-game winning streak with a 75-70 victory Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. In the first half, ASU jumped out to a 7-0 lead, only to see the Bears respond with a 12-1 run and eventually go ahead, 19-13. The Sun Devils came back with an 11-1 spurt, although Cal entered the locker room with a 34-30 advantage. In the second half, ASU held Cal without a basket for the first four minutes when it took the lead for good. Millage and Diogu combined to make 5-of-6 free throws in the final 51 seconds to seal the victory. Joe Shipp paced the Bears with 27 points, while Brian Wethers added 18 and Amit Tamir had 14. Gabriel Hughes grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
Gabriel Hughes Becoming Force at Center
For much of the season, junior C Gabriel Hughes was a quiet member of Cal's starting lineup, clearly playing outside the limelight of Joe Shipp, Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers. He even went scoreless in back-to-back games against Oregon State and Washington. But over his last two contests, Hughes has begun to exert himself. In Cal's 80-69 victory over UCLA last week, Hughes scored eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed five rebounds. Then at Arizona State Thursday, he snagged a career-best nine rebounds and scored six points before fouling out. Matched up against ASU's Ike Diogu, he limited the freshman to just six points and two rebounds in the first half.
Cal History vs. No. 1 Teams
Cal owns a 2-20 all-time record vs. No. 1-ranked teams, with 16 of the setbacks coming against UCLA between 1964-83. The Bears' two wins were against UCLA (85-70) on Jan. 30, 1994 at the Oakland Arena and Cincinnati (77-69) on March 17, 1960 in the NCAA Final Four semifinals held at the Cow Place in San Francisco. The only time Cal and Arizona met when the Wildcats topped the AP poll came on Feb. 7, 1988 with UA prevailing, 74-62, in Berkeley.
Cal against No. 1-ranked Teams
at Stanford 84, Cal 58, Jan. 17, 2001at Cal 85, UCLA 70, Jan. 30, 1994 (Oakland)Arizona 74, at Cal 62, Feb. 7, 1988UCLA 68, at Cal 63, Jan. 20, 1983at UCLA 92, Cal 56, Jan. 11, 1974at USC 64, Cal 53, March 3, 1973UCLA 69, at Cal 50, Jan. 13, 1973UCLA 85, at Cal 71, March 3 1972at UCLA 82, Cal 43, Jan. 15, 1972at UCLA 103, Cal 69, March 5, 1971UCLA 94, at Cal 76, Jan. 16, 1971UCLA 84, at Cal 77 (OT), March 1, 1969at UCLA 109, Cal 74, Jan. 31, 1969UCLA 94, at Cal 64, Jan. 12, 1968UCLA 103, at Cal 66, March 4, 1967at UCLA 96, Cal 78, Jan. 13, 1967at UCLA 76, Cal 54, Jan. 15, 1965at UCLA 87, Cal 57, March 2, 1964UCLA 58, at Cal 56, Feb. 8, 1964UCLA 87, at Cal 67, Feb. 7, 1964Cal 77, Cincinnati 69, March 17, 1960 (San Francisco, Final Four semifinal)San Francisco 33, at Cal 24, Jan. 28, 1956
Wethers Reaches 1,000 Career Points
With his 18-point effort at Arizona State Thursday, senior G Brian Wethers became the 32nd player in school history to amass 1,000 points during a career. Now with 1,011 points entering Saturday's match-up at Arizona, Wethers ranks 31st on the all-time Cal list. With senior F Joe Shipp holding down the 10th spot with 1,396 points, the Bears have two players with at least 1,000 points for the first time since the end of the 1996-97 season - Ed Gray (1,082) and Randy Duck (1,003).