Bears Host Oregon State Saturday at 3 p.m.
Feb. 16, 2007
Oregon State Beavers (10-17, 2-12) at California Golden Bears (13-12, 5-8)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
- After upending 15th-ranked Oregon, 63-61, Thursday night, California tries for its second straight victory Saturday when the Golden Bears host Oregon State at 3 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.
- Cal has won seven of its last eight games at home vs. Oregon State, but the one loss was a 72-64 setback last season. Overall, the Bears are 19-3 vs. OSU under head coach Ben Braun.
- Ben Braun enters Saturday's contest with a 199-133 record at Cal, needing one more victory to post 200 during his tenure. Braun ranks second in both longevity (11th season) and wins with the Bears, trailing only Nibs Price, who was 449-294 from 1925-54.
- In Cal's win over Oregon Thursday, the Bears put a stop to three notable steaks - a six-game overall losing streak, a 10-game losing streak to ranked opponents (dating back to last year) and a run of allowing opponents to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor for seven consecutive games. The Ducks made 41.1 percent of their shots.
- Freshman G/F Patrick Christopher missed his second straight start vs. Oregon with a sore groin. However, he came through with a career-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. He had 13 of his points in the first half when Cal built an eight-point lead and bettered his previous high of 10 points set against USC Jan. 27.
- Senior G Ayinde Ubaka snared a personal-best 12 rebounds against Oregon, nearly doubling his previous personal record of seven established vs. Washington Jan. 13. It marked just the second time in his career that Ubaka has paced the Bears on the boards (also at Washington State Feb. 23, 2006).
- Freshman F Ryan Anderson, who scored the go-ahead points vs. Oregon on a three-point play, paced the Bears with 18 points - the 24th time in 25 games he has reached double figures. Anderson remains the only player in the Pac-10 to rate among the Top 5 in the league in both scoring (16.8 ppg, 4th) and rebounding (8.2 rpg, 5th). With 420 points this year, he has passed Leon Powe (408 in 2003-04) for third place on Cal's all-time freshman scoring list.
Last Time Out: Cal Upsets No. 15 Oregon, 63-61
Ayinde Ubaka fed Ryan Anderson for a layup with 1:01 left that the 6-10 freshman turned into a three-point play to give the Bears a 62-61 lead, lifting Cal to a 63-61 win over Oregon (#15 AP/#17 ESPN/USA Today) Thursday in Haas Pavilion. The Bears used a pair of runs at the end of each half to secure their first victory over a ranked opponent in eight tries this season. Down 27-18 with 6:08 to go in the first half, Cal closed out the period on a 17-0 run, keyed by seven points by Anderson. Then in the second half, the Bears outscored the Ducks, 13-4 over the final 8:26, holding Oregon without a point the last 4:29. Ubaka grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, while Patrick Christopher had a career-best 16 points.
Ubaka Taking Good Care of the Basketball
Senior G Ayinde Ubaka, who has 17 assists against just two turnovers over his past four games, has built a sizeable lead over his competitors in assist-to-turnover ratio in the Pac-10. Ubaka enters Saturday's game vs. Oregon State with a 2.51 rate (113 assists, 45 turnovers), well ahead of No. 2 Mustafa Shakur of Arizona (2.14). Ubaka has had 12 games this season with zero or one turnover. His best games came against Furman (career-high 11 assists, 0 turnovers), Kansas State (8 assists, 0 turnovers) and Stanford (7 assists, 0 turnovers). Ubaka also needs just six more assists to tie the personal-best 119 he had last year.
Bears Finally Break Through vs. Ranked Opponent
Cal entered Thursday's game vs. No. 15 Oregon with an 0-7 record against ranked opponent this season, and a streak that reached 10 dating back to the end of last year. The Bears' 63-61 victory gave them their first win over a Top 25 squad since defeating then-No. 10 Washington, 71-69, on Jan. 26, 2006.
Cal Keeping It Close in Pac-10 Wins
All five of Cal's Pac-10 wins this season have been by five points or less or decided in overtime. The Bears' largest margin was a 77-69 overtime decision against Washington on Jan. 11. Cal also won by two points over Oregon Feb. 15 (63-61), by three at Oregon State (77-74) and by four over both Stanford Jan. 3 (67-63) and Arizona State Dec. 30 (66-62 OT). Overall, the Bears are 6-2 in games determined by five points or less or OT.
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