Cal Travels to WSU, Washington
Feb. 21, 2006
California Golden Bears (16-7, 10-4) at Washington State Cougars (11-12, 4-10)
Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., Friel Court, Pullman, WA
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TV: Fox Sports Net
California at Washington Huskies (20-5, 9-5, vs. Stanford Feb. 23)
Sunday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Bank of America Arena, Seattle, WA
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TV: Fox Sports Net
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
California embarks on its final road trip of the regular season when the Golden Bears visit Washington State Thursday and Washington (#17 AP/#19 ESPN/USA Today) Sunday. Cal enters the week even with UCLA atop the Pac-10 standings, with both schools sporting 10-4 league records.
The Bears are 5-2 away from home in conference action this season, sweeping Oregon State and Oregon Feb. 2-4 during their most recent travels. Cal is already guaranteed its first winning Pac-10 road record since 2001, and its 2005-06 road mark is tied for best in the conference.
Overall, the Bears have prevailed in seven of their last nine games, during which they have allowed opponents to score just 60.6 ppg with none reaching the 70-point barrier. Sophomore F Leon Powe has been particularly effecting over the stretch, averaging 20.9 ppg and 11.2 rpg.
On the season, Powe leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (20.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg). He is one of two players in Division I averaging at least 20 and 10 and is on pace to become just the fourth player in Pac-10 history to claim the scoring and rebounding crowns in the same year.
Over his past three games, Powe has produced 28.3 ppg, with a career-best 32 points vs. Stanford Feb. 9 and 30 points against Arizona Feb. 16 - making him the first Cal player to post back-to-back 30-point games since Ed Gray had three straight in 1997.
At the point, junior G Ayinde Ubaka has scored in double figures in 13 straight games - longest current streak in the conference. His 15.0 ppg is nearly 2.5 times the 6.1 ppg he averaged last year, and he also ranks first in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.82).
Ubaka is a key reason the Bears are committing just 12.0 turnovers per game this season. They had only four in their win over Stanford and have had more than 15 miscues just once - vs. Kansas Dec. 10.
Sophomore C DeVon Hardin has blocked eight shots in his past two games to give him 40 on the year, and he needs just three more to tie Michael Stewart's 1995-96 total for fifth on Cal's all-time season list. In addition, Hardin is coming off his best offensive outing since Dec. 3, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds last Saturday vs. ASU.
Probable StartersPOS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 24 Theo Robertson 6-5 240 Fr 5.8 2.6F 44 Leon Powe 6-8 240 So 20.1 10.5C 35 DeVon Hardin 6-11 235 So 8.4 7.0G 1 Ayinde Ubaka 6-4 200 Jr 15.0 4.0 apgG 15 Richard Midgley 6-3 195 Sr 9.5 2.7
Cal Head Coach Ben Braun
Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75), the second-winningest coach in Cal history, is in his 10th year in Berkeley and 29th season as a collegiate head coach. His record at Cal stands at 182-117, while his career mark - which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College - is 515-352. The 1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and one of 25 finalists for the 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year award, Braun has led the Bears to the postseason six times in his first nine years. After taking Cal to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1997, he guided the Bears to the NIT championship in 1999 and to the NIT quarterfinals in 2000. He also directed Cal to consecutive NCAA Tournaments in 2001, '02 and '03. At EMU from 1985-96, the three-time MAC Coach of the Year guided the Eagles to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance with an overall record of 185-132. He was also 148-103 from 1977-85 at Siena Heights. A native of Chicago, Braun earned a teaching degree in English with a minor in African-American studies at Wisconsin in 1975. He received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Siena Heights.
Washington State Scouting Report
A Look at Washington State
Washington State owns an 8-5 home record, including recent Pac-10 wins over Washington (77-64) and USC (60-47). The Cougars allow opponents an average of just 58.0 ppg, and no conference team has scored more than 71 points in a game. Sophomore Josh Akognon, who has been coming off the bench in recent games, leads WSU in scoring with 11.0 ppg. He is shooting a team-best 41.1 percent from three-point range (51-124).
Cal-WSU Series History
Cal has won its last three games vs. Washington State to improve its all-time record against the Cougars to 66-42. Back on Jan. 28, the Bears edged the Cougars, 55-53, in Berkeley. Leon Powe scored just one field goal, but still finished with a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds). Cal is 13-6 vs. WSU during Ben Braun's tenure as head coach, including 5-4 in the state of Washington (Last year's contest, a 59-47 Cal win, was played in Spokane.).
WSU Head Coach Dick Bennett
Now in his 28th season as a college head coach, Dick Bennett has a 36-44 record in his third year at Washington State. His career mark of 490-301 includes stints at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin. In 2000, Bennett guided the Badgers to the Final Four, and he has taken six of his teams to the NCAA Tournament.
For more information: www.wsucougars.com
Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington
Washington, which hosts Stanford Thursday, enters the week on a four-game winning streak, including a road sweep of Oregon (75-72) and Oregon State (96-63) last weekend. The Huskies are 15-2 at home this season. UW averages a Pac-10-best 83.6 ppg and is outrebounding foes by a 38.6-31.3 margin. Senior Brandon Roy leads the attack with 19.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 3.9 apg. He is also shooting 40.6 percent (26-64) from three-point range.
Cal-Washington Series History
With its 71-69 win over Washington Jan. 26 in Berkeley, Cal grabbed the all-time series lead over the Huskies, 71-70. Last year in Seattle, the Bears battled back from 16-point halftime deficit to take a 60-57 lead midway through the second period, but eventually fell, 81-67. Cal last won on the Huskies' homecourt during the 2002-03 season, 73-66.
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar owns a 78-40 record in his fourth season at Washington. His career mark, which includes stops at Pepperdine and Saint Louis, stands at 171-128. A former UW player, Romar guided the Huskies to the Pac-10 Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 last year.
For more information: www.gohuskies.com
Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Arizona State Edges Cal, 65-64, in Double OT
Bryson Krueger hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting Arizona State to a 65-64 win over Cal and breaking the Bears' six-game winning streak. Cal took a 64-60 lead in the second OT on buckets by Ayinde Ubaka and DeVon Hardin. Then ahead 64-62 with 38 seconds left, Leon Powe, who had made his first 13 free throws, missed a pair. After Krueger put ASU up, the Bears had a final chance, but Ubaka's six-footer bounced off the rim. Powe finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Hardin also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. However, the Sun Devils outrebounded Cal, 41-31, grabbing 16 on the offensive end.
Leon Powe in Rare 20-10 Club
Sophomore F Leon Powe enters this week's action as one of only two players in Division I averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (statistics through Sunday, Feb. 19). Powe, who combined for 53 points and 20 boards vs. Arizona and Arizona State last weekend, is averaging 20.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg on the year. Only Hartford's Kenny Adeleke (20.5 ppg, 12.8 rpg) joins Powe in the 20-10 club. In Cal history, just one other player has ever averaged 20 and 10: in 1981-82, Mark McNamara contributed 22.0 ppg and 12.6 rpg for the Bears. Powe has had at least eight rebounds in every game he has played during the season, with a high of 16 at Oregon State Feb. 2. On the scoring front, he poured in a career-best 32 vs. Stanford Feb. 9 and came through with 30 more against Arizona Feb. 16.
Bears Perfect on Thursdays in Pac-10 Action
After beating Arizona, 75-66, last week, Cal extended its perfect Pac-10 record on Thursdays this year to 7-0. Three of those wins came on the road: 62-58 at USC, 88-58 at Arizona State and 69-52 at Oregon State. Inside Haas Pavilion, Cal has defeated Oregon, 77-66, Washington, 71-69, and Stanford, 65-62, in addition to UA. On other days of the week, the Bears are 0-1 on Fridays and 3-3 on Saturdays.
Cal Clinches First Winning Pac-10 Road Mark since 2001
With its 62-60 victory at Oregon Feb. 4, Cal improved to 5-2 in Pac-10 road games, giving the Bears their first winning road mark in conference play since the 2001 season. One more victory away from home will give them six Pac-10 road wins for the first time since they were 6-3 during the 1993 campaign.
Victory vs. Arizona Gives Cal Win over Each Pac-10 Team
Cal's 75-66 victory over Arizona gave the Bears at least one win over each league team for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign - Ben Braun's first season at the helm. This year, Cal has swept two games with Oregon, has split with Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State, and owns a 1-0 mark vs. UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. During the '96-97 season, Cal finished Pac-10 play with a 12-6 record and tied for second in the conference standings.
Despite ASU Result, Bears Winning Close Games in Pac-10 Play
In forging a 10-4 record in Pac-10 play, Cal has displayed an ability to win close games, going 5-1 in contests decided by four points or less. Four of the victories transpired during the Bears' recent six-game win streak - 71-69 vs. Washington, 55-53 vs. Washington State, 62-60 at Oregon and 65-62 vs. Stanford. The other narrow triumph happened in the Pac-10 opener at USC (62-58), while the loss was last Saturday's 65-64 double overtime setback to Arizona State. The results represent quite a turnaround from early in the campaign when Cal dropped two close calls at Eastern Michigan (67-65) and vs. DePaul (68-65). The Bears are 8-5 in overall games decided by less than 10 points (7-3 Pac-10).
Powe in Top 15 on School Scoring, Rebounding Lists
In averaging 20.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg, sophomore F Leon Powe ranks among the Top 15 on Cal's season lists for both scoring and rebounding average. If he maintains his pace for the rest of the year, he will become the first Bear to earn spots on both charts in the same season since Mark McNamara in 1982. That year, McNamara averaged 22.0 ppg (3rd) and 12.6 rpg (3rd). Powe's averages put him eighth in scoring and tied for tied for 11th in rebounding.
Cal Keeps Turnovers to a Minimum
When Cal committed just four turnovers in its 65-62 win over Stanford Feb. 9, it marked the fifth time in Pac-10 play the Bears have been in single digits in the turnover department. Cal had nine miscues in home games vs. Oregon and Oregon State in early January and nine TOs at Arizona State Jan. 19. The Bears also committed only five turnovers in a 69-52 victory at Oregon State earlier this month, their season-low until the Stanford game. Against the Cardinal, Cal had one turnover in the second half and none in the final 11:43. For the year, the Bears are committing just 12.0 turnovers per game - best in the Pac-10 (Oregon is second at 13.1 topg).
Bears Improve FG Percentage Defense in Pac-10
When Cal completed the non-conference portion of its season, the Bears ranked last in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert 45.3 percent of their shots. But since the start of league action, Cal has lowered the rate to 42.0 percent - a figure that now stands second in the Pac-10 (conference games only). The Bears have limited seven conference foes to 40 percent or less from the field, with a best of 31.9 percent at Oregon State. In addition, Cal ranks third in Pac-10 games only in scoring defense, giving up 62.6 ppg.
Ubaka Clutch from Free Throw Line
With the game on the line, no one has been better at the charity stripe than junior G Ayinde Ubaka. To date, Ubaka is 30-for-33 (90.9%) in the final two minutes of contests, and as the chart shows below, his performances have been key factors in seven of the Bears' 10 Pac-10 wins. Overall, Ubaka is draining 82.2 percent from the foul line (83-101). Prior to this season, he was a career 68.5 percent FT shooter. As a team, Cal is making 70.2 percent in the last two minutes and OT (80-101).
Opponent Key Ubaka Free Throws Resultat USC Hit 2 FT with 3 seconds left with Cal ahead, 60-58 W, 62-58at UCLA Hit 2 FT with 21 seconds left with Cal up, 62-59 W, 68-61vs. Oregon Shot 6-6 from FT line in final 37 seconds W, 77-66vs. Washington Shot 3-4 from FT line in final 36 seconds W, 71-69vs. Washington St. Hit 2 FT with 21 seconds left to give Cal 55-51 lead W, 55-53at Oregon Hit 2 FT with 16 seconds left to give Cal 61-55 lead W, 62-60vs. Stanford Shot 4-4 from FT line in final 24 seconds W, 65-62
Powe-tent Force on the Block for Bears
Now averaging 20.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg - ranking first in the conference in both categories - sophomore F Leon Powe is on pace to become just the fourth player ever in Pac-10 play to lead the league in both lists. He would join Ike Diogu, Arizona State (2004-05), A.C. Green, Oregon State (1984-85) and Cal's Mark McNamara (1981-82).
Powe, who was on the sidelines for more than a year and a half due to both left knee surgery and a stress fracture in his right foot, has scored at least 20 points 10 times, with a best of 32 points vs. Stanford Feb. 9 (10-21 FG, 12-15 FT). He also had 27 points against both San Jose State in his season debut Nov. 30 and vs. Oregon Jan. 5, and 30 against Arizona last Thursday. Even when he totaled just five points at UCLA Dec. 31 (second lowest of his career), Powe contributed a game-high 12 rebounds vs. the Bruins. Overall, he owns 26 career double-doubles and has led Cal in rebounding in 42 of the 46 games he has played, including 17 of 19 this year (includes ties). Powe's 16 rebounds at Oregon State Feb. 2 are the high for a Pac-10 player this season.
Powe first underwent a pair of surgeries on his left knee in 2004 that kept him out all of the '04-05 campaign. Cleared to play last May, he earned MVP honors at the San Francisco Pro-Am and averaged 23.6 ppg and 10.4 rpg during Cal's trip to Italy over the summer. But just before the Bears' exhibition game vs. Humboldt State Nov. 14, Powe was diagnosed with a minor stress fracture in his right mid-foot, putting a hold on his return until the San Jose State contest.
Cal Allowing Fewest Points in 20 Years
Cal enters Thursday's game at Washington State surrendering an average of only 64.2 ppg - the lowest rate allowed by the Bears since the 1985-86 squad gave up 63.4 ppg (when a 45-second shot clock was in use and before the introduction of the three-point line). Cal has given up more than 70 points just four times, while holding opponents to 60 or fewer points on eight occasions. Over their past nine games, the Bears have surrendered only 60.6 ppg with three teams not reaching 60 (at Arizona State, 58; vs. Washington State, 53; at Oregon State, 52).
Bears Find Three-Point Shooting to Their Liking This Season
After ranking last in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting the last two years, Cal has found its range behind the arc this season, now standing second in the league at 37.9%. Omar Wilkes is draining nearly half his attempts (19-39, 48.7%), while both Richard Midgley (40-97, 41.2%) and Ayinde Ubaka (48-123, 39.0%) have rated among the league leaders all year. Only one Cal squad has shot as high as 38 percent for an entire season - the 1989-90 team that sank a school-record 38.7 percent from three-point range.
Cal Three-Point Shooting Last Three Seasons2005-06 129-340 37.9% 5.61 three-pointers per game2004-05 110-344 32.0% 3.79 three-pointers per game2003-04 127-410 31.0% 4.54 three-pointers per game
Ayinde Ubaka is Cal's Iron Man at the Point
In averaging 38.21 minutes per game, junior G Ayinde Ubaka ranks second in the Pac-10 to Arizona State's Kevin Kruger (39.33 mpg). Ubaka has played all 40 minutes three times - at UCLA, vs. Oregon and vs. Stanford - plus another 46 minutes in a double-overtime contest vs. ASU. In conference action, he has been on the court for 535 of a possible 570 minutes (93.9%). He has played at least 35 minutes in every game this season, except vs. Northern Colorado, when he played 28 minutes, and at Oregon, when a sprained ankle limited him to 32 minutes.
Bears Take Advantage of Free Throw Opportunities
Not only is Cal forcing its way to the free throw line more than its opponents, but the Bears are taking advantage once they reach the charity stripe. To date, Cal has attempted 545 free throws to its opponents' 354 and is outscoring them, 396-255, or by an average of 6.1 ppg. The Bears have had at least twice as many FT attempts as their opponents nine times. In addition, Cal is shooting 72.7 percent from the line, far higher than their 62.7 percent success rate last year or 62.8 percent rate in 2003-04. The last time Cal shot higher for an entire season was in 1988-89 (73.3%). Individually, two starters are at 80 percent or higher - Ayinde Ubaka at 82.2 percent (83-101) and Richard Midgley at 81.6 percent (40-49). Despite playing four fewer games than his teammates, Leon Powe has attempted a team-best 193 free throws and has taken 10 or more in a game 11 times. He is shooting 71.0 percent from the line overall (up from 61.0% as a freshman) and is 35-for-43 (81.4%) over his past three games.
Ubaka More Than Doubles Career Scoring Average
Ayinde Ubaka, who entered the season with a career scoring average of 6.3 ppg, is pouring in 15.0 ppg this year. Cal's second-leading scorer (and No. 8 in the Pac-10), he has reached double figures 21 times in 23 games after doing so on just eight occasions over his first two years in the program combined and only twice last season. Ubaka set a career high with 17 points in the opener at Eastern Michigan, then topped the total with 21 points in the Golden Bear Classic final vs. Northeastern to earn all-tournament team honors. He later bettered that performance with 29 points against Oregon (8-10 FG, 3-3 3P, 10-12 FT) Jan. 5. In addition, Ubaka is shooting 39.0 percent from three-point range (48-123), up from just 29.7 percent last year, and leads the Bears with 91 assists.
Comparing Ayinde Ubaka's Last Three Seasons2003-04 34.1 FG% 25.9 3P% 69.8 FT% 2.1 rpg 3.9 apg 6.4 ppg2004-05 34.2 FG% 29.7 3P% 65.0 FT% 2.0 rpg 2.7 apg 6.1 ppg2005-06 41.8 FG% 39.0 3P% 82.2 FT% 3.1 rpg 4.0 apg 15.0 ppg
Richard Midgley Moving Up Career Lists
Now firmly secured as Cal's No. 2 all-time three-point shooter, senior G Richard Midgley is creeping up the Bears' career scoring chart. He enters Thursday's Washington State game with 1,129 points, which puts him in 22nd place. On the three-point list, he ranks second all-time with 174 triples, and he will likely end his career there, as leader Ryan Drew had 214 three-pointers from 1988-91. Midgley scored a season-high 17 points vs. both San Jose State and San Diego State, and he has reached double figures 12 times. His three-point rate of 41.2 percent this season is just shy of his career best of 44.9 percent set as a freshman.
Cal Career Scoring Leaders20. Michael Chavez 1980-83 1,16221. Butch Hays 1981-84 1,14522. Richard Midgley 2003- 1,129
Hardin Climbing Season, Career Block Ladders at Cal
Sophomore C DeVon Hardin, who owns a team-best 40 blocks this year - including four each against Arizona and Arizona State last week - has moved into Cal's career and season Top 10 lists. In just under two full seasons, he has swatted away 66 shots, putting him in ninth place on the Bear chart, just one behind No. 8 Francisco Elson and three behind No. 7 Sean Lampley. On Cal's season list, Hardin is seventh and will move into fifth place with four more blocks. His average of 1.74 per game is second in the Pac-10 this year.
Cal Career Blocks Leaders5. Lamond Murray 1992-94 756. Sean Marks 1995-98 717. Sean Lampley 1998-01 698. Francisco Elson 1998-99 679. DeVon Hardin 2005- 66
Cal Season Block Leaders4. Michael Stewart 1995 495. Michael Stewart 1996 436. Francisco Elson 1999 427. DeVon Hardin 2006 40
Injury Woes Have Kept 8 Players Out at Least Once This Year
Although Cal about is as healthy as it has been all year, the Bears have still only suited up all 14 players on the roster just once - Dec. 21 vs. DePaul. To date, eight Cal players have missed a total of 43 games due to injury. Two of Cal's three seniors - G Martin Smith and F Rod Benson - have been out for extended periods in Pac-10 action, although Benson returned vs. Arizona last week after missing seven games following Jan. 20 knee surgery. Below is a list of players' injuries and games missed:
Name Injury Games MissedBenson stress fracture, left heel at E. Michigan, Northeastern, San Jose St., Akron torn meniscus, right knee at Arizona St., at Arizona, Washington, Washington St., at Oregon St., at Oregon, StanfordMidgley stinger, right shoulder Long Beach St.Panawek bulging disk, back Northern Colorado, Northeastern, San Jose St., AkronPowe stress fracture, right foot at E. Michigan, Long Beach St., N. Colorado, N'easternSmith stress fracture, pelvis E. Michigan, Long Beach St. abdominal strain at USC, at UCLA, Oregon, OSU, at Stanford, at ASU, at Arizona., Washington, WSU, at OSU, at Oregon, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona St.Vierneisel concussion Washington, Washington St.Wilkes sprained right ankle San Jose St., Akron, San Diego St., KansasWilkes sprained right ankle Stanford
Nikola Knezevic Joins Bears Mid-Season
Nikola Knezevic (NEE-koh-lah k-NEH-zhuh-vich), a 6-2, 190-pound freshman point guard from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, has enrolled for the spring semester and became eligible for the Bears Dec. 21 - one day after fall final exams. He saw his first action at USC Dec. 29, getting on the court for three minutes, and he had four points (4-6 FT) in 17 minutes vs. Oregon Jan. 5. Perhaps his strongest outing came vs. Stanford Feb. 9 when he had three assists and no turnovers in 12 minutes. Rated the No. 3 point guard and No. 17 overall player at last summer's adidas Superstar Camp, Knezevic played on the Serbia-Montenegro Junior National team at the Under 18 European Championships in 2004. As a member of his Beovuk '72 club team, he helped the squad to a pair of Serbian titles and two Serbia-Montenegro championships.
Like Father, Like Son with Smith, Wilkes Brothers
In 1975, the Golden State Warriors captured the NBA title with a couple of rookies playing key roles during their championship run - guard Phil Smith (7.7 ppg) and forward Jamaal Wilkes (14.2 ppg). Thirty years later, the sons of Smith and Wilkes are members of the California basketball team. Senior guard Martin Smith is a fourth-year walk-on who was rewarded with a scholarship for the 2005-06 campaign. Last year, he started 16 Pac-10 games and ranked fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.95:1). Omar and Jordan Wilkes join the squad as active members of the Bears this year. Omar, a 6-4 guard, sat out last season after transferring from Kansas and in his first action in a Cal uniform, poured in 17.8 ppg during Cal's trip to Italy over the summer. Jordan is a 6-11 center who averaged 20 ppg and 10 rpg en route to league MVP honors last year at Loyola HS in Los Angeles.
Rod Benson Finds Success on Two Courts
Last season, F/C Rod Benson may have been the most improved player in the Pac-10. After averaging 2.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg as a sophomore in 2003-04, Benson raised his rates to a team-best 13.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg last year. He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding and seventh in the league in field goal shooting (54.3%). But the 6-10 post hasn't limited his exploits to the basketball court as a college student. For the last two springs, Benson has competed as a member of Cal's men's club volleyball team, even helping the Bears to a national No. 1 club ranking in 2005. As a prep at Torrey Pines HS outside San Diego, Benson earned first-team all-league honors and receive recruiting interest in both sports.
Golden Bear Notes ...
With three straight crowds of more than 10,000, Cal has moved up to second in the Pac-10 in attendance, now averaging 8,945 per game ... Cal has had two six-game winning streaks this year - Nov. 21 through Dec. 6 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 16 ... Leon Powe's run of six consecutive double-doubles from Jan. 13 through Feb. 2 was the longest streak at Cal since Mark McNamara ran off eight straight double-doubles during the 1981-82 season ... Cal's 88-58 win over Arizona State Jan. 19 featured the Bears' biggest comeback of the year; Cal trailed, 16-5, midway through the first half before outscoring ASU, 83-42, over the final 33 minutes of the game ... the ASU result matched the Bears' largest victory margin in a conference road game ever; Cal also defeated USC by 30 points in 1998 (73-43) ... the Bears sank 31 free throws at ASU (38 attempts), their highest total since also making 31 at Washington State on Feb. 22, 1997 ... when Ayinde Ubaka and Leon Powe tallied 29 and 27 points, respectively, vs. Oregon Jan. 5, they became the first Cal duo to each score at least 25 points in a game since Lamond Murray (26) and Jason Kidd (25) vs. Oregon on March 3, 1994 ... head coach Ben Braun picked up his 500th career victory with an 88-69 win over Long Beach State Nov. 21 ... sophomore C DeVon Hardin was voted MVP of the Golden Bear Classic, with senior G Richard Midgley and junior G Ayinde Ubaka joining him on the all-tournament team.
Where to Watch Cal Games on Comcast SportsNet
Seven Cal games this season, including four Pac-10 contests - at USC, at Arizona State, at Oregon and home vs. USC - will be shown throughout Northern California on Comcast SportsNet. The channel is broadcast in the SF Bay Area on Channel 400 (digital subscribers), Channel 656 (DirecTV) and Channel 409 (Dish Network). It is on standard cable in most other Northern California areas. For a complete Comcast SportsNet directory, call your local cable provider or visit west.comcastsportsnet.com.
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