Cal Meets No. 11 UCLA Saturday
Dec. 30, 2005
California Golden Bears (7-3, 1-0) at UCLA Bruins (11-1, 1-0)
Saturday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m., Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: KYCY (1550 AM)
TV: FSN Bay Area
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* After defeating USC, 62-58, Thursday at the Staples Center, California looks to move to 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time in three years when the Golden Bears meet No. 11 UCLA at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pauley Pavilion.
* Cal won last year's game in Westwood, 64-51, its first victory in Pauley since a 73-70 decision in 2000. The Bears and Bruins have split their season series each of the last seven years.
* A Cal win will also give the Bears their first sweep of USC and UCLA in Los Angeles since 2000. That year, Cal beat USC, 66-62, and followed it up with the 73-70 triumph over UCLA.
* Cal has not defeated a team ranked as high as UCLA (#11) since beating then-No. 7 Arizona, 89-76, on Feb. 25, 1999 at the Oakland Arena. And the Bears haven't prevailed against a school ranked 11th or higher on the road since a 74-72 triumph vs. then-No. 9 Arizona on Feb. 12, 1995 in Tucson.
* Sophomore F Leon Powe pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds vs. USC Thursday, which just missed his career best of 15 boards. In his six games this year, Powe has four double-doubles, and he has 18 in 33 career games. He has paced Cal in rebounding 30 times in those 33 contests.
* After making all three of his three-point attempts against the Trojans, senior G Richard Midgley moved past Randy Duck into third place on Cal's career three-point list with 155 treys. He needs three more to pass Joe Shipp (older brother of UCLA's Josh Shipp) to claim second place in Bear history.
* The Bears have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted six times in 10 games, including Thursday at USC (14 Cal makes, 13 USC attempts). For the season, Cal is 160-for-227 from the stripe to its opponents' 84-for-121.
* Junior G Ayinde Ubaka has played at least 35 minutes in nine of 10 games, with the lone exception being a 28-minute night vs. Northern Colorado Nov. 25. But the extra time hasn't worn him down, as he his averaging a career-best 13.5 ppg and leads the Bears with 22 three-pointers (37.9%).