Bears Go for Oregon Road Sweep Saturday vs. Ducks
Feb. 7, 2003
California Golden Bears (15-4, 8-2) at Oregon Ducks (16-5, 6-4)
Saturday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., McArthur Court, Eugene, OR
TV: KRON (Channel 4)
Radio: KFRC (610 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* Cal concludes a four-game Pac-10 road trip at Oregon Saturday night. The Bears lost their first two contests during the run (at Arizona State and at Arizona) before rebounding for an 84-71 victory at Oregon State Thursday.
* With a win over the Ducks, Cal would post its fourth road sweep of the Oregon schools in the last eight years. The Bears accomplished the feat in 1996, '97 and 2001.
* Sophomore F Amit Tamir tied a season-high with 27 points at Oregon State (also vs. Georgia). He sank seven three-pointers in the game, a figure topped by only one other player in school history; Joe Shipp drained nine treys vs. Fresno State on Dec. 11, 2001.
* Cal's 8-2 mark in Pac-10 play is its best since the 1993-94 squad started 9-2 in league action.
* Now 45-for-95 on three-pointers this year, Amit Tamir needs just two more treys to jump into Cal's season Top 10 list, while his success rate of 47.4 percent is second only to Billy Dreher's 50.0 percent in 1990-91 (56-112).
* Cal is 5-2 on opponent courts this season, including 3-2 in Pac-10 road games. The Bears won twice during the non-conference portion of their schedule - at New Mexico and at Cleveland State.
* Joe Shipp, who had 18 points and nine rebounds at Oregon State Thursday, continues to pace the Pac-10 in scoring at 21.1 ppg. He has six 20-point games during league play, twice going over the 30-point mark - vs. Oregon State at home and at Washington State. In addition, Shipp is shooting 59.7 percent from the floor in conference games.
* Wethers is averaging 15.4 ppg in road games this year - nearly two ppg higher than at home.
Cal Defeats Oregon State for 10th Straight Time
Sophomore F Amit Tamir tied Gary Payton's Gill Coliseum record with seven three-pointers on his way to 27 points, leading Cal to an 84-71 victory over Oregon State Thursday night in Corvallis. Tamir sank 6-of-7 treys in the first half, when the Bears built a 38-30 lead. Cal opened the second half with a 12-2 run to move ahead, 50-32. Senior F Joe Shipp scored 12 of his 18 points after the break, while senior G Brian Wethers matched a career-best with six assists and tallied 13 of his 15 points in the final 20 minutes. Cal has now defeated OSU 10 straight times and owns an eight-game winning streak in Corvallis.
Tamir Tries to Extend Oregon Hot Streak
Over his brief career at Cal, F Amit Tamir has thrived when facing the Oregon Ducks. Through three games, the 6-11 Israeli is averaging 27.7 ppg against the Eugene school, shooting 30-for-46 from the floor (65.2%), 10-for-14 from three-point range (71.4%) and 13-for-15 from the free throw line (86.7%). Tamir scored a Cal freshman-record 39 points in the Bears' 107-103 double overtime win in Berkeley last year and had 19 points in the McArthur Court game on Jan. 10, 2002. Earlier this season, he poured in 25 points during Cal's 88-72 victory at Haas Pavilion.
Shipp Jumps to 8th on Scoring Chart
Senior F Joe Shipp, who leads the Pac-10 with 21.1 ppg, has jumped 21 spots on Cal's career scoring list this season. After entering the year in the 29th spot, he now holds the eighth position with 1,435 points, passing such notable alumni as Mark McNamara, Larry Friend, Ed Gray and Andy Wolfe. Shipp has reached double figures in every game, and he has topped 25 points five times. With just three more points, he will claim seventh place at Cal, topping Russ Critchfield's 1,437 points scored from 1966-68.
Cal Career Scoring Leaders5. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,6086. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,5567. Russ Critchfield (1966-68) 1,4378. Joe Shipp (2000- ) 1,435
Rebounding Margin Key Stat in Cal Results
If there is one statistic that stands out as a key indicator of Cal's results, it is rebounding margin. Through 19 games, the Bears are a perfect 12-0 when they out-rebound their opponent. Perhaps more significant, Cal's rebound margin is +5.1 in the Bears' 15 wins and -6.7 in their four losses. Cal's highest margin was +22 vs. Grambling (53-31) - the team's largest since posting a +25 advantage vs. Texas Southern (47-22) on Nov. 30, 1996. Overall, Cal averages 2.6 more rebounds than its opponents, a figure that, if it holds up, would be the Bears' highest since 1992-93 when the difference was +4.6.
Big Three Contribute 69.1 Percent of Scoring
How much does Cal rely on the scoring ability of Joe Shipp, Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers? Try 69.1 percent of the team's total - a figure that, if it holds up the rest of the year, would be the school's highest as far back as complete statistics are available (1949-50 season). The only trio to come close was the combination of Lamond Murray, Jason Kidd and Monty Buckley, who provided 67.8 percent of the Bears' output in 1993-94. Murray led the conference in scoring with 24.3 ppg, while Pac-10 Player of the Year Kidd averaged 16.7 ppg and Buckley added 12.8 ppg. Prior to this season, no Ben Braun-coached team had a threesome average more than 56.1 percent of a squad's total (1998-99 - Geno Carlisle, Thomas Kilgore and Sean Lampley). Last year, Shipp, Tamir and Wethers, who were Cal's top three scorers in 2001-02, contributed 45.1 percent of the Bears' points. In Pac-10 games this season, the threesome is contributing 70.9 percent of Cal's total.