Bears Host UCLA with Pac-10 Title on Line

Feb. 28, 2006

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UCLA Bruins (22-6, 12-4) at California Golden Bears (17-8, 11-5)
Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYCY (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net

USC Trojans (17-10, 8-8, at Stanford March 2) at California
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYCY (1550 AM)
TV: Comcast SportsNet

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
California returns to Haas Pavilion for its final two games of the regular season, hosting UCLA (#15 AP/#13 ESPN/USA Today) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and USC Saturday at 5 p.m. If the Golden Bears win both contests, they will assure themselves at least a tie for the Pac-10 title - their first conference championship since 1960.

Cal enters the week just one game behind the Bruins in the league race and tied with Washington for second place. The Bears have finished second four times in the past 46 years - most recently in 2002 - but have not taken top honors since Pete Newell's squad won four conference crowns from 1957-60.

A win over UCLA will also give Cal its first season sweep of the Bruins since 1994. The Bears took the first game between the schools, 68-61, in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve behind 18 points from junior G Ayinde Ubaka and 12 rebounds from sophomore F Leon Powe.

For the season, Powe paces the Pac-10 in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and is just a fraction behind Washington's Brandon Roy in the battle for the scoring lead, pouring in 19.9 ppg. Over his past five games, Powe is averaging 24.0 ppg and shooting 59.7 percent from the floor (40-67) and 75.5 percent from the free throw line (40-53). He has a league-high 12 double-doubles and his run of 14 straight games scoring in double figures is the longest current streak in the Pac-10.

Ubaka drained his 50th three-pointer of the campaign last weekend, tying him for 10th on Cal's all-time season list and giving the Bears a player with 50 or more in four straight years for the first time ever.

Ubaka is also a key reason Cal tops the Pac-10 in fewest turnovers committed, averaging just 12.0 per game. The Bears have had more than 15 miscues only once - vs. Kansas Dec. 10 - and have had 10 or less nine times.

Finally, this weekend marks the final regular-season appearances for four members of the current roster - seniors Richard Midgley, Rod Benson and Martin Smith and junior Steve Panawek - plus senior Jordi Geli, who has a medical waiver for the year. All five are on track to graduate - Panawek in the fall, all others in May - and they will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony before Saturday's USC contest.

Probable StartersPOS  NO  NAME              HT   WT  YR  PPG    RPGF    44  Leon Powe        6-8  240  So  19.9  10.1C    35  DeVon Hardin    6-11  235  So   8.0   6.6G     1  Ayinde Ubaka     6-4  200  Jr  14.6   3.9 apgG     2  Omar Wilkes      6-4  185  So   8.0   1.4G    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 183-118, while his career mark - which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College - is 516-353. 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.

UCLA Scouting Report

A Look at UCLA
UCLA enters this week's action with a one-game lead over Cal and Washington in the Pac-10 race. A win over the Bears Thursday will ensure the Bruins at least a tie for the title. UCLA paces the conference in field goal shooting (47.7%), and in last week's wins over Oregon State and Oregon, the Bruins shot a combined 33-for-48 (68.8%) in the second half. UCLA is 5-2 on the road in league play, with their only two setbacks at Washington and USC.

Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA holds a 121-94 series margin, and the teams have split their seasonal match-ups each of the past seven years. However, the Bears have a chance for the sweep Thursday after defeating the Bruins, 68-61, Dec. 31 in Los Angeles behind 18 point from Ayinde Ubaka. Cal outrebounded UCLA, 32-25, and limited the Bruins to 36.7 percent shooting from the field. The Bears' last swept the series in 1994, winning 85-70 at home and 92-88 on the road.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
Ben Howland is in his third year at UCLA (51-34) and 12th season as a collegiate head coach (219-133). Combined with his success at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh, the 2002 National Coach of the Year (at Pitt) is one of 28 coaches to lead three different teams to the NCAA Tournament.

For more information: www.uclabruinss.com

USC Scouting Report

A Look at USC
USC, which visits Stanford Thursday before facing Cal, has won two of its last three games, including a 71-68 home victory over UCLA Feb. 19. Nick Young ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring with 17.6 ppg. USC has played the past five contests without sophomore G Gabe Pruitt, who suffered a left knee injury in practice Feb. 6 but could return this week. He had been averaging 17.0 ppg, and his 50 steals are second best in the conference.

Cal-USC Series History
Cal owns a 122-113 series record vs. USC. The Bears snapped a three-game losing streak to the Trojans with a 62-58 victory in the Pac-10 opener Dec. 29 in Los Angeles. Leon Powe paced Cal with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Last year, USC claimed an 89-70 decision over the Bears in Berkeley. Cal is 7-2 vs. the Trojans under Ben Braun at home.

SC Head Coach Tim Floyd
Tim Floyd is in his first season at USC, but has more than 17 years experience as a head coach. He served as head coach at Idaho, New Orleans and Iowa State before NBA head coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets. Floyd owns a 260-140 career collegiate record, earning five NCAA Tournament berths.

For more information: www.usctrojans.com

Golden Bear Notes

Last Time Out: No. 17 Washington Tops Cal, 73-62
Brandon Roy scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, leading Washington (#17 AP/#19 ESPN/USA Today) to a 73-62 win over Cal. After trailing by four points at the half, the Bears quickly cut their deficit to one - 38-37 - with 16:37 left. But UW responded with a 12-3 spurt, capped by a Bobby Jones three-pointer for 50-40 lead. A three-pointer from Theo Robertson got Cal within six points at 64-58. Roy then answered with a three-pointer of his own, and the Huskies held on for the victory. The Bears connected on eight three-pointers overall - their high for a Pac-10 game this year. Richard Midgley paced Cal with 15 points, while Leon Powe had 14 and Robertson finished with 13.

Final Home Weekend for Five Cal Players
This weekend marks the final home appearance for five members of the Cal basketball team - Richard Midgley, Rod Benson, Martin Smith, Steve Panawek and Jordi Geli - and they will be recognized in a ceremony prior to Saturday's USC contest. Midgley is a four-year starter who will finish his career among Cal's all-time leaders in both points and three-pointers. He also set a school freshman record by making 44.9 percent of his three-point attempts in 2002-03. Benson led Cal in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) last year, but has been hampered by heel and knee injuries this season. Smith, likewise, has watched much of his final campaign from the sidelines due to a stress fracture in his pelvis and an abdominal strain. In starting 17 games last season, he paced the Bears with 113 assists. Panawek, a third-year walk-on, has junior eligibility, but is in his fourth year at Cal, while Geli played two years for the Bears before injuries kept him off the court the rest of his career. All five players are on track to graduate this year: Midgley (social welfare major), Benson (political science), Smith (interdisciplinary studies), Panawek (political science) and Geli (architecture).

Bears Perfect on Thursdays in Pac-10 Action
After beating Washington State, 43-41, last week, Cal extended its Pac-10 record on Thursdays this year to 8-0, with the Bears next putting their perfect mark on the line vs. UCLA. Four of those wins have come on the road: 62-58 at USC, 88-58 at Arizona State, 69-52 at Oregon State and at WSU. Inside Haas Pavilion, Cal has defeated Oregon, 77-66, Washington, 71-69, Stanford, 65-62, and Arizona, 75-66. On other days of the week, the Bears are 0-1 on Fridays, 3-3 on Saturdays and 0-1 on Sundays.

Cal Tries for First Sweep of UCLA in 12 Years
When Cal hosts UCLA Thursday, the Bears will be trying for their first series sweep of the Bruins since the 1994 season. Earlier this year, Cal upset then-No. 11 ranked UCLA, 68-61, in Pauley Pavilion. Twelve seasons ago, the Bears handed UCLA, then rated No. 1 and boasting a 14-0 record, an 85-70 setback at the Oakland Arena and followed it up with a 92-88 victory in Los Angeles. That sweep was Cal's first in the series since 1960, when Pete Newell's squad took three games from the Bruins. Cal and UCLA have split their series each of the past seven years (1999-2005).

Bears Assured 8th Upper Division Finish in 10 Years
With its 11-5 Pac-10 record heading into the final weekend of conference action, Cal is assured of its eighth upper-division league finish in 10 seasons under head coach Ben Braun. Over the first nine years, the Bears have tied for second place twice (1997, 2002), been third once (2003), tied for fourth twice (2001, '04), and tied for fifth twice (1998, '99).

Cal Only Team in League to Beat Every Other Pac-10 Team
Cal's 75-66 victory over Arizona Feb. 16 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. The decision also meant Cal became the only school in the Pac-10 to post a triumph over every conference opponent this season; all other Pac-10 teams were swept by at least one league foe. This year, Cal has swept two games with Oregon and Washington State, has split with Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington, and owns a 1-0 mark vs. UCLA and USC. During the '96-97 season, Cal finished Pac-10 play with a 12-6 record and tied for second in the conference standings.

Bears Are 6-1 in Close Pac-10 Games
In forging an 11-5 record in Pac-10 play, Cal has displayed an ability to win close games, going 6-1 in contests decided by four points or less. Four of the victories transpired during the Bears' recent six-game win streak from Jan. 26 through Feb. 16 - 71-69 vs. Washington, 55-53 vs. Washington State, 62-60 at Oregon and 65-62 vs. Stanford. The other narrow triumphs happened at WSU last Thursday (43-41) and in the Pac-10 opener at USC (62-58), while the loss was a 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 9-5 in overall games decided by less than 10 points (8-3 Pac-10).

Powe Finds His Way to the Line Just Fine
With 202 free throw attempts this season, Leon Powe has become the first player in school history to take at least 200 free throw shots twice in a career. As a freshman in 2004, Powe went to the line 205 times. He is averaging 9.6 visits per game this year and 8.5 in his two seasons with the Bears. In addition, Powe is converting his attempts at a much higher rate than as a freshman - 70.3 percent (142-202) to 61.0 percent (125-205).

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.

Bears Could Top Pac-10 in Three-Point Shooting for First Time
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 connecting on a 37.1% pace - a rate that ranks first in the conference. Since the shot was implemented in 1986-87, the Bears have never led the league from three-point distance for an entire year. Omar Wilkes is draining a team-high 45.5 percent (20-44), while both Richard Midgley (44-109, 40.4%) and Ayinde Ubaka (50-135, 37.0%) have rated among the league leaders most of the year. Ubaka's 50 treys tie him for 10th on Cal's season list with Midgley (2005) and Amit Tamir (2004).

Last Sunday at Washington, the Bears made eight three-pointers, their high for a Pac-10 game this season. Midgley was 4-for-7 on the day, giving him 44 treys on the year. If he reaches 50, he and Ubaka will become the first Cal teammates ever to make 50 in the same season.

Cal Three-Point Shooting Last Three Seasons2005-06   139-375   37.1%   5.56 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

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' 11 Pac-10 wins. Overall, Ubaka is draining 82.9 percent from the foul line (87-105). 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

Cal Allowing Just 63.6 ppg After Holding WSU to 41
Cal enters Thursday's game vs. UCLA surrendering an average of only 63.6 ppg - lowest for a Bear team in 20 years when the 1985-86 squad gave up 63.4 ppg. Cal has allowed more than 70 points just five times, while holding opponents to 60 or fewer points on nine occasions. Over their past 11 games, the Bears have surrendered only 59.9 ppg with four teams not reaching 60 (at Arizona State, 58; vs. Washington State, 53; at Oregon State, 52; at Washington State, 41). The 41 points scored by the Cougars represents the lowest for a Cal opponent since the Bears beat Eastern Washington, 56-27, on Nov. 16, 2001.

Bears Take Advantage of Free Throw Opportunities
Throughout the 2005-06 season, Cal has made more free throws than its opponents have attempted, with the margin entering Thursday's UCLA game 411-375. In addition, the Bears have outscored their opposition, 411-272, or by an average of 5.6 ppg. Cal has had at least twice as many FT attempts as their opponents 10 times. The Bears are also shooting 72.1 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 1990-91 (72.5%). Individually, two starters are at 80 percent or higher - Ayinde Ubaka at 82.9 percent (87-105) and Richard Midgley at 80.4 percent (41-51).

Powe-tent Force on the Block for Bears
Sophomore F Leon Powe, who went 629 days between games due to knee surgery and a foot stress facture, has returned with a vengeance this season, ranking second the Pac-10 in scoring (19.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (10.1 rpg). He has also moved into the Top 10 in the league in field goal shooting (9th, 48.9%) by making 30 of his last 46 shots from the floor (65.2%) over his past four games.

Washington's Brandon Roy holds a slight edge of Powe in the scoring race (19.93 ppg to 19.86 ppg). If Powe can overtake him, he will become just the six player ever in Pac-10 play to lead the league in both lists, joining Ike Diogu of Arizona State (2004-05), A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85), Cal's Mark McNamara (1981-82), UCLA's Bill Walton (1972) and UCLA's Lew Alcindor (1967-69). Powe would also be the sixth Bear to claim a Pac-10 scoring title since 1994 - Lamond Murray (1994, 24.2 ppg), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996, 21.1 ppg), Ed Gray (1997, 24.8 ppg), Sean Lampley (2001, 19.5 ppg) and Joe Shipp (2003, 20.4 ppg).

Powe has scored at least 20 points 11 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 Feb. 16. 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 43 of the 48 games he has played, including 18 of 21 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 game.

Ayinde Ubaka is Cal's Iron Man at the Point
In averaging 37.2 minutes per game, junior G Ayinde Ubaka ranks second in the Pac-10 to Arizona State's Kevin Kruger (39.0 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 610 of a possible 650 minutes (93.8%). 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.

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 14.6 ppg this year. Cal's second-leading scorer (and No. 8 in the Pac-10), he has reached double figures 22 times in 25 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 37.0 percent from three-point range (50-135), up from just 29.7 percent last year, and leads the Bears with 96 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  41.2 FG%  37.0 3P%  82.9 FT%  3.1 rpg  3.8 apg  14.6 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 moving up the Bears' career scoring chart. He enters Thursday's UCLA game with 1,146 points, which puts him in 21st place. On the three-point list, he ranks second all-time with 178 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 13 times.

Cal Career Scoring Leaders19. Chris Washington   1984-87   1,17920. Michael Chavez     1980-83   1,16221. Richard Midgley    2003-     1,146

Cal Career Three-Pointers Made1. Ryan Drew 1988-91 2142. Richard Midgley 2003- 1783. Joe Shipp 2000-03 157

Hardin Climbing Season, Career Block Ladders at Cal
Sophomore C DeVon Hardin, who owns a team-best 43 blocks this year - including four each against Arizona and Arizona State Feb. 16-18 - has moved into Cal's career and season Top 10 lists. In just under two full seasons, he has swatted away 69 shots, putting him in a tie for seventh with Sean Lampley. On Cal's season list, Hardin is tied for fifth with Michael Stewart's 1996 total. His average of 1.72 per game is second in the Pac-10 this year.

Cal Career Blocks Leaders5. Lamond Murray  1992-94   756. Sean Marks     1995-98   717. DeVon Hardin   2005-     697. Sean Lampley   1998-01   69

Cal Season Block Leaders3. Jamal Sampson 2002 544. Michael Stewart 1995 495. Michael Stewart 1996 436. DeVon Hardin 2006 43

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 45 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 Feb. 16 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, N'eastern, San Jose St., Akron            torn meniscus, right knee    at Arizona St., at Arizona, Washington, WSU,                                          at Oregon St., at Oregon, StanfordMidgley     stinger, right shoulder      Long Beach St.Panawek     bulging disk, back           N. Colorado, Northeastern, San Jose St., AkronPowe        stress fracture, right foot  at E. Michiga, 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.,                                          at Washington St., at WashingtonVierneisel  concussion                   Washington, Washington St.J. Wilkes   sprained right ankle         San Jose St., Akron, San Diego St., KansasO. Wilkes   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.

Golden Bear Notes ...
With a 6-3 road record in Pac-10 play, Cal has clinched its first winning road mark in conference action since the Bears were 5-4 in 2001; the six wins are the best for the Bears since they were 6-3 away from home in 1993 ... when Cal beat Washington State, 43-41, Feb. 23, it marked Cal's lowest point total in a victory since beating Stanford, 43-41, in double overtime on Feb. 16, 1985 ... 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.

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