22nd-ranked Bears Host Washington
Feb. 14, 2003
Washington Huskies (8-13, 3-9) at California Golden Bears (17-4, 10-2)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: KFRC (610 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* Cal looks to run its winning streak to four games when the Golden Bears host Washington Saturday afternoon in Haas Pavilion.
* At 11-0 in Haas this season, Cal is the only team in the Pac-10 with an unblemished home record. Overall, the Bears in the midst of a 16-game victory run in Berkeley, which ties for the third-longest home streak in school history.
* Senior F Joe Shipp scored 20 points in Cal's win over Washington State Thursday - the 11th time this year and fifth time in his last six games that he has tallied 20 or more.
* Sophomore F Amit Tamir has made 49 three-pointers this season, good for ninth on Cal's single season list. He needs three more to pass Jason Kidd (51 in 1994) and Geno Carlisle (51 in 1998) for the seventh position.
* Cal's 'Big Three' of Joe Shipp, Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers combined for at least 50 points for the sixth straight game vs. WSU. All three players have reached double figures in 18 consecutive games and 19 of 21 this season.
* Freshman PG Richard Midgley is coming off one of his best all-around performances of the season. Against Washington State, he finished with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
* After a one-week absence from the polls, Cal is ranked 22nd by the Associated Press and 23rd by ESPN/USA Today this week. As of Friday, the Bears were 25th in the RPI and 29th in the Sagarin ratings.
* Brian Wethers earned the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of his career this past Monday after averaging 18.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg and 3.5 spg at Oregon and Oregon State last week. Joe Shipp claimed the award on Jan. 13 and 20.
Bears Use Late 9-0 Run to Beat WSU, 63-53
Cal overcame a sluggish offensive performance to score the game's final nine points, defeating Washington State, 63-53, Thursday night in Haas Pavilion to extend its homecourt winning streak to 16 games. The Bears shot only 41.8 percent from the field and never led by more than 11 points. WSU made back-to-back three-pointers to cut the margin to 54-53 with 2:12 left. But Amit Tamir drained a three-pointer with 1:41 to go, and Cal made all six of its free throw attempts in the final 36 seconds. Joe Shipp paced the Bears with 20 points, while Brian Wethers had 16 and Tamir 14. Richard Midgley finished with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Haas Pavilion Winning Streak at 15 Games
Now 11-0 at Haas Pavilion this season, Cal has run off a 16-game winning streak on its home floor dating back to last year. The streak ties for the third-longest on-campus string in school history and tops the old Haas record of 14 in a row set from March 4, 2000 to Feb. 1, 2001. Over the past two seasons, Cal is 28-1 in Berkeley - the only loss was a 68-58 setback to Arizona - while the Bears' record since the start of the 2000-01 season is aPac-10 best 42-4. Cal's longest home win streak ever was 26 games from 1958-60.
Longest Home Winning Streaks1. 26 Dec. 27, 1958 to Dec. 16, 19602. 23 Nov. 25, 1995 to Dec. 28, 1999*3. 16 Feb. 2, 2002 to current3. 16 February 1953 to Jan. 30, 1954*includes on-campus games only; Cal played the 1997-98 and '98-99 seasons at the Oakland Arena
Shipp Jumps to 7th on Scoring Chart
Senior F Joe Shipp, who leads the Pac-10 with 21.1 ppg, has jumped 22 spots on Cal's career scoring list this season. After entering the year in the 29th spot, he now holds the seventh position with 1,478 points, passing such notable alumni as Mark McNamara, Larry Friend, Ed Gray, Andy Wolfe and Russ Critchfield. Shipp has reached double figures in every game, and he has topped 25 points five times. With 79 more points, he will claim sixth place at Cal, topping Brian Hendrick's 1,556 points scored from 1990-93.
Cal Career Scoring Leaders5. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,6086. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,5567. Joe Shipp (2000- ) 1,478
Wethers Reaches 1,000 Career Points
With his 18-point effort at Arizona State Jan. 30, senior G Brian Wethers became the 32nd player in school history to amass 1,000 points during a career. Now with 1,079 points entering Saturday's match-up vs. Washington, Wethers is 24th on the all-time Cal list, needing four more points to pass Ed Gray (1,082 points, 1996-97) for 23rd and eight points to better Ryan Drew (1,086, 1988-91) for 22nd. With senior F Joe Shipp holding down the seventh spot with 1,478 points, the Bears have two players teaming together with at least 1,000 points for the first time since Roy Fisher (1,382) and Ryan Drew (1,086) during the 1990-91 season. Ed Gray (1,082) and Randy Duck (1,003) both topped 1,000 points in 1997, but Duck reached his total after Gray was out of the lineup due to a broken foot.
Rebounding Margin Key Stat in Cal Results
If there is one statistic that stands out as a key indicator of Cal's results, it is rebounding margin. Through 21 games, the Bears are a perfect 13-0 when they out-rebound their opponent. Perhaps more significant, Cal's rebound margin is +4.4 in the Bears' 17 wins and -6.7 in their four losses. Cal's highest margin was +22 vs. Grambling (53-31) - the team's largest since posting a +25 advantage vs. Texas Southern (47-22) on Nov. 30, 1996. Overall, Cal averages 2.2 more rebounds than its opponents, a figure that, if it holds up, would be the Bears' highest since 1996-97 when the difference was +2.5.
Shipp Could Be 5th Bear in 10 Years to Lead Pac-10
Senior F Joe Shipp, who has averaged 22.7 ppg on 56.4 percent shooting from the floor and 39.0 percent shooting from three-point range since the start of conference play, has taken over the Pac-10 scoring lead with an overall rate of 21.1 ppg. If he can maintain that position for the rest of the season, he would become the fifth Bear in the last 10 years to pace the conference. Lamond Murray averaged 24.3 ppg in 1994, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim (21.1 ppg in 1996), Ed Gray (24.8 ppg in '97) and Sean Lampley (19.5 ppg in '01) also topped the league. Abdur-Rahim, Gray and Lampley earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in the seasons they led the Pac-10.
Big Three Contribute 69.6 Percent of Scoring
How much does Cal rely on the scoring ability of Joe Shipp, Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers? Try 69.6 percent of the team's total - a figure that, if it holds up the rest of the year, would be the school's highest as far back as complete statistics are available (1949-50 season). The only trio to come close was the combination of Lamond Murray, Jason Kidd and Monty Buckley, who provided 67.8 percent of the Bears' output in 1993-94. Murray led the conference in scoring with 24.3 ppg, while Pac-10 Player of the Year Kidd averaged 16.7 ppg and Buckley added 12.8 ppg. Prior to this season, no Ben Braun-coached team had a threesome average more than 56.1 percent of a squad's total (1998-99 - Geno Carlisle, Thomas Kilgore and Sean Lampley). Last year, Shipp, Tamir and Wethers, who were Cal's top three scorers in 2001-02, contributed 45.1 percent of the Bears' points.
Bears Getting A's for Accuracy from the Field
Cal has made at least 50 percent of its shots from the field seven times in its last 11 games to raise its FG percentage in Pac-10 contests to 49.4 percent and its overall rate to 47.8 percent. The Bears shot their highest percentage of the season at Oregon (59.1%) last week, including 68.4 percent (13-19) in the second half - their best performance since making 60.5 percent from the floor vs. UCLA on Feb. 1, 2001. Individually, three starters are at or above 50 percent for the season - Joe Shipp (53.5%), Richard Midgley (52.8%) and Brian Wethers (50.4%) - while Gabriel Hughes is at 48.9 percent.
6-11 Tamir Poses Triple Threat
At 6-11, 260 pounds, sophomore F Amit Tamir looks like he should be Cal's dominant player near the basket. And in fact, he leads the Bears with 6.4 rpg, including four double-doubles and a career-high 14 boards vs. Howard. But Tamir's game is not limited to the area just around the hoop. Cal's second-leading scorer at 17.1 ppg, he tops Cal in three-pointers made (49, 46.7%). His most important triple came against USF Dec. 30 when his three-pointer with 3.7 seconds left in regulation sent the contest into overtime, a game the Bears won, 77-70. Tamir has scored at least 25 points five times this season, including a 27-point outing at Oregon State. His other big nights came against Georgia (27 points), San Francisco (26), Oregon (25) and at Washington (26). In addition, he is off the team lead in assists (3.0 apg) and is first on the squad in free throw shooting (84.8%). Before missing against Stanford Jan. 4, Tamir had made 23 straight from the free throw line, and he has sunk 64 of his last 72 attempts (88.9%).
Cal Season 3-Pointers Made5. Billy Dreher (1991) 566. Monty Buckley (1995) 537. Jason Kidd (1994) 517. Geno Carlisle (1998) 519. Amit Tamir (2003) 49