Bears Visit Arizona State Saturday
Feb. 5, 2005
California Golden Bears (11-9, 4-6) at Arizona State Sun Devils (16-6, 5-5)
Saturday, Feb. 5, 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ
Radio: KFRC (610 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* California closes out its road trip to the state of Arizona with a visit to Arizona State Saturday afternoon. The Bears have won three of their last four games in Tempe since 2001 after falling 10 consecutive times from 1991-2000.
* Following Thursday's 97-76 loss to No. 14 Arizona, Cal is hoping to continue a trend that has seen the Bears win the second game of both of their 2005 conference road swings. Earlier, Cal lost at Washington, then defeated Washington State in Spokane. The Bears also fell to USC before knocking off UCLA in Los Angeles in January. In fact, Cal has won the Saturday road game seven times in its last 10 league road trips over the past three seasons.
* Junior G Richard Midgley tied his career best with six three-pointers at Arizona and set a school record with 13 attempts, breaking the mark of 12 held by Joe Shipp (vs. Fresno State, Dec. 11, 2001) and K.J. Roberts (at Oregon, March 2, 1995). Midgley's 43 treys this year are one off his high off 44 during his freshman campaign, and he needs seven more triples to move into 10th place on Cal's season three-point chart.
* Junior G Martin Smith, a third-year walk-on, is the only Bear to start every Pac-10 game this year. He leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.77:1), just ahead of ASU's Jason Braxton (2.75:1). Now averaging 4.30 apg, Smith tied his personal best with eight assists at Arizona, and he has 21 assists and just four turnovers over his past four contests.
* Junior F Rod Benson has reached double figures in scoring nine times in his last 10 games and a team-best 14 times this year. Prior to the 2004-05 season, Benson had totaled at least 10 points just once in his Cal career.
* As a team, Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 in both scoring defense (66.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (41.7%). The Bears are 11-2 when holding opponents under 70 points and 0-7 when surrendering 70 or more.