Cal Meets Oregon in Pac-10 Semis

March 9, 2007

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California Golden Bears (16-16, 6-12) vs.
Oregon Ducks (24-7, 11-7)

Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears

  • With back-to-back victories to open the Pac-10 Tournament, including a 76-69 overtime upset of top-seeded UCLA, No. 8 seed California has advanced to meet fourth-seeded Oregon in the semifinal round Friday at 6 p.m. at the Staples Center.
  • Friday's contest is a rematch of last year's dramatic semifinal game won by the Golden Bears, 91-87, in double overtime. Cal's Leon Powe scored a tournament-record 41 points (14-17 FG, 13-18 FT), while Ayinde Ubaka added 17 points and Theo Robertson came off the bench for a then-career-high 18 points.
  • Cal is 1-1 vs. Oregon this season. The Bears lost in Eugene, 92-84,on Jan. 20, but rebounded to upend the Ducks, 63-61, in Berkeley on Feb. 15. Cal is also 1-1 vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament. In addition to last year's result, the Ducks won, 87-82, in the 2002 quarterfinals.
  • Cal has now reached at least the semifinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament for the fifth time overall and for the fourth time in the past six years.
  • Cal's win over UCLA (#4 AP/#3 ESPN/USA Today) marked the Bears' first victory over a Top 5 team since they downed then-No. 4 UCLA, 100-93, on Jan. 28, 1995 in Pauley Pavilion. Cal is 2-8 vs. ranked teams this year, with the other triumph being the 63-61 decision over then-No. 15 Oregon Feb. 15.
  • Cal improved to 4-0 in overtime games this season with Thursday's victory - the first time the Bears have won four OT games in one season. The Bears are also 17-8 in overtime contests under head coach Ben Braun; prior to his arrival, Cal was 29-39 in OT all-time.
  • Junior F Eric Vierneisel scored 10 points vs. UCLA for his first double-figure effort since he totaled 13 points at Oregon State Jan. 18.
  • Cal has combined to make 20 three-pointers in its two Pac-10 Tournament games so far (20-47, 42.6%) to increase its school-record total to 243 on the year. The old mark was 198 set during the 2002-03 season.

Probable StartersPOS  NO  NAME            HT    WT   YR  PPG   RPGF    24  Theo Robertson  6-6   225  So  8.5   4.4Career-high 21 points vs. Oregon State 2/17 (6-8 FG, 1-1 3P, 8-10 FT) F    31  Alex Pribble    6-4   215  Sr  0.7   1.2Has started 7 games this year; 4 steals vs. USC at homeF    34  Ryan Anderson   6-10  235  Fr  16.3  8.027 points, 15 boards vs. OSU; 58 3-pointers (#2 on Cal frosh list)G    1   Ayinde Ubaka    6-4   200  Sr  13.9  4.3 apgRanks 17th in Cal history with 1,187 pts; 58 3-pointersG    2   Omar Wilkes     6-4   185  Jr  10.0  2.2Team-high 16 points vs. ASU 3/3; 10 points, 7 boards vs. OSU

Golden Bear Notes

Last Time Out: Cal Upsets Top-Seeded UCLA, 76-69, in OT
Senior G Ayinde Ubaka scored eight of his career-high-tying 29 points in overtime to lead Cal to a 76-69 quarterfinal victory over UCLA. The Bears were hot out of the gates, jumping out to as much as a 16-point lead in the first half, and they were up, 37-25, at the break. Ubaka and freshman F Ryan Anderson both had 13 points in the opening period. In the second half, UCLA battled back to take a lead at 42-41 with 11:38 left. The Bruins, though, couldn't push their advantage to more than four, and Ubaka sent the game into the extra frame on a runner in the lane with 15 seconds left. In OT, four free throws by Eric Vierneisel and three-pointer from Ubaka comprised a 7-0 spurt to allow the Bears to take control.

2006-07 Cal-Oregon in Review
Jan. 20, Eugene
- Theo Robertson set a career high with 19 points (later broken) and Cal set a school free throw record by making all 12 of its attempts, but the Bears could not hold off Oregon (#9 AP/#10 ESPN/USA Today), 92-84. Cal shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the first half to race out to a 46-38 lead. However, the Ducks opened the second half with a 22-6 burst to forge ahead, 60-52. The Bears managed to tie the score again at 62-all, only to see Oregon respond with a three-pointer from Aaron Brooks to take the lead for good. Ryan Anderson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year, and Omar Wilkes tallied 17 points, one shy of his personal best.

Feb. 15, Berkeley - 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). The Bears used a pair of runs at the end of each p to secure their first victory over a ranked opponent 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 added 16 points.

Anderson, Ubaka Climbing Season 3-Point List
Freshman F Ryan Anderson (58) and senior G Ayinde Ubaka (58) are already the first Cal tandem to make more than 50 three-pointers in the same season, and the teammates are now tied for seventh on Cal's season three-pointer list. Anderson, who drained six treys vs. Oregon State Wednesday, also rates second on the school's freshman three-point chart, just two behind leader Ryan Drew.

Cal Season Three-Point Leaders   Cal Freshman Three-Point Leaders1. Ryan Drew (1990)     68       1. Ryan Drew (1988)       602. Bill Elleby (1992)   64       2. Ryan Anderson (2007)   583. Ayinde Ubaka (2006)  61       3. Shantay Legans (2000)  473. Amit Tamir (2003)    615. Randy Duck (1997)    605. Ryan Drew (1988)     607. Ryan Anderson (2007) 587. Ayinde Ubaka (2007)  58

Anderson Sets Cal Freshman Rebound Mark
With 15 rebounds vs. Oregon State and eight more against UCLA, Ryan Anderson has now grabbed 257 boards this season - breaking the Cal freshman mark of 256 set by Leon Powe in 2004. Anderson, who is averaging 16.3 ppg and 8.0 rpg (both team highs), is also the No. 2 rookie scorer in school history, trailing only Shareef Abdur-Rahim's 21.1 ppg in 1995-96.

Ubaka Jumps to 17th in Career Scoring with Career Effort
Senior G Ayinde Ubaka tied his career high with 29 points Thursday vs. UCLA to jump from 22nd to 17th on Cal's career scoring list, now with 1,187 points. Next up is Doug True, who had 1,215 points from 1977-80. Ubaka's first 29-point effort came vs. Oregon in Berkeley last season. In addition, the Bear point guard made 5-of-6 three-pointers vs. UCLA to take over third on the Cal all-time chart (159). He is also fourth in career assists with 412.

Golden Bear Notes ...
Ryan Anderson (522 points) has joined Shareef Abdur-Rahim (590) as the only Cal freshmen to score at least 500 points in a season ... Friday marks Cal's 33rd game of the season, the Bears' highest total since also playing 33 games in 1998-99 when the won the National Invitation Tournament championship (22-11) ... after allowing eight of nine opponents to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10, the Bears have limited six of their last eight foes to less than 43 percent, including each of their past four ... Cal has ranked among the Top 5 in the country in free throw shooting all year and the team's accuracy has helped significantly in the Pac-10 Tournament; the Bears are 32-for-41 from the line (78.0%) in two games, while Oregon State and UCLA have combined for 26-for-48 (54.2%).

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