Bears Host Oregon State, Oregon

Feb. 4, 2002

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Oregon State Beavers (10-11, 3-8) at California Golden Bears (15-5, 6-4)
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: KABL (960 AM)

Oregon Ducks (17-5, 9-2, at Stanford Feb. 7) at California
Saturday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: ABC (locally on KGO TV, Channel 7)
Radio: KABL (960 AM)

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Cal continues with its first four-game Pac-10 homestand since 1991 when Oregon State and No. 15 Oregon visit Haas Pavilion. The Bears are 13-1 at home this season, but have a tough task ahead of them, especially against the league-leading Ducks.

Earlier this year, Cal split its two games in Oregon, falling 76-72 to the Ducks in Eugene, but topping the Beavers, 61-53, in Corvallis.

As they make their run toward a second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and sixth postseason appearance in the last seven seasons, the Bears have established themselves among the Top 30 in the RPI. Entering this week's games, Cal is at No. 29, but is one of six Pac-10 schools in the Top 40 in a hotly contested conference race.

In picking up its 15th win of the year against Arizona State last Saturday, Cal relied on its usual combination of defense and depth. Not only did the Bears limit ASU to just 59 points - the 10th opponent to be held under 60 this year - but leading scorer Chad Prewitt managed only 9 points, his lowest total in 15 games. In addition, Cal got 13 points from Ryan Forehan-Kelly and another seven from Dennis Gates off the bench. Brian Wethers, in his first start since Dec. 1, paced the team with eight rebounds.

Offensively, junior forward Joe Shipp continues to lead the attack with 14.8 ppg, almost double his career average of 8.8 ppg entering the season. Shipp has paced Cal in scoring 11 times, with a high of 31 vs. Fresno State in December.

Against OSU Thursday, the Bears hope to have a fully recovered Jamal Sampson back on the floor. The 6-11 freshman, who paces the team in rebounding, was suffering from the flu last weekend and did not score in either game against Arizona or Arizona State.

Oregon Game at 5 p.m. - Many early schedules listed the Cal-Oregon game time as 3 p.m. However, the events of Sept. 11 moved the NFL's Pro Bowl back one week, and in order for ABC to televise both games, the Cal-Oregon contest was changed to a 5 p.m. start.

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