Cal Men Hope to Stop Stanford Streak Sunday

Jan. 5, 2002

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Stanford Cardinal (8-2, 1-0) at California Golden Bears (9-2, 0-1)
Sunday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: KRON (Channel 4)
Radio: KABL (960 AM)

* Cal looks to break a 10-game losing streak to Stanford when the Bears host the Cardinal Sunday night in Haas Pavilion. Cal's last win over Stanford was a 70-64 decision on Jan. 29, 1997.

* Senior center Solomon Hughes is doubtful for Sunday's game with a strained right knee. He suffered the injury in practice early last week. Hughes, who is averaging 11.4 ppg and leads the Pac-10 in field goal shooting (69.6%), hopes to be able to return for the Oregon road trip next week.

* With Friday's 82-62 loss at Stanford, Cal fell to 0-6 in Pac-10 openers under head coach Ben Braun. During the stretch, the Bears have lost to Arizona three times, Oregon twice and now Stanford. Cal is 2-3 in league home openers under Braun.

* One of the Bears' highlights from Friday's loss was the team's free throw shooting. The Bears made 17-of-19 from the charity stripe (89.5%), easily a season best and well above their season rate of 60.7 percent. Joe Shipp (6-6), Brian Wethers (4-4), Amit Tamir (2-2) and Jamal Sampson (2-2) were all perfect from the line.

* If Cal wins Sunday, the Bears will be 10-2 overall for the first time since they were also 10-2 to start the 1998-99 season.

* Junior forward Joe Shipp has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games - the best stretch of his career. His previous high was five in a row early in his freshman season.

* Cal enters Sunday's game having won nine straight and 12 of 13 games at Haas Pavilion.

* Cal has had at least 10 steals in six of its past seven games, including a season-high 16 vs. Mount St. Mary's and 11 at Stanford.

* At Haas Pavilion this season, the Bears are winning by an average margin of 74.7 to 58.0 and have allowed 60 or fewer points five times in nine games. As a contrast, the Bears have lost both of their road contests this year by 20 points (79-59 at South Florida and 82-62 at Stanford).

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