Bears Prepare for South Florida

Jan. 18, 2001

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Cal looks to regroup from its loss at No. 1 Stanford when the Bears host South Florida Saturday night in Haas Pavilion.

Both Cal and USF are 11-5 on the year and have played well of late. The Bulls, despite a 72-68 loss at Marquette Wednesday, have won nine of their past 11 games, while the Bears are 10-2 in their last 12 contests.

According to the Sagarin ratings (as of Thursday), Cal is No. 26 in the country, with South Florida right behind at No. 29. In the RPI, the Bears are 28th compared to USF's 47th.

Cal and South Florida have played two common opponents this year, with both teams going 1-1. The Bears lost at Texas (57-54) and defeated Colorado (75-63) at home, while USF lost to CU (100-72) in the Top of the World Classic in Alaska and beat Texas (87-69) in Tampa.

Cal, though, may have an advantage playing in Berkeley, were the Bears are 9-0 this year and enter Saturday's game on a 12-game winning streak in Haas Pavilion (tied for the 17th longest in current home streak in the country). Cal is also 15-1 against non-conference opponents in Haas since the facility opened in the fall of 1999.

Prior to the Stanford game, when the Bears made 42.9 percent from the floor, Cal's offense had produced nine consecutive games with at least 50 percent field goal shooting. Since getting off to a 1-3 start to the year, the Bears are sinking 50.2 percent of their attempts over the last 12 games.

Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues his assault on Cal's all-time scoring record. Voted MVP of the Golden Bear Classic in late December, he now ranks sixth on the list with 1,467 points. Lampley had five straight games with at least 20 points interrupted when he totaled 14 points at Stanford.

Sophomore Brian Wethers had one of his better games recently with 18 points against the Cardinal. It was his first double-figure scoring game of the Pac-10 season and the second-highest output of his career. Wethers' best total came when he scored 21 points vs. Georgia Dec. 21.

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