Bears Visit Brigham Young
Nov. 25, 2004
California Golden Bears (2-1) at BYU Cougars (1-2)
Saturday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT, Marriott Center, Provo, UT
Radio: KFRC (610 AM)
TV: Comcast Cable
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
After playing three home games to start the year, California takes to the road for the first time this season when the Golden Bears visit Brigham Young Saturday night.
Cal is coming off an impressive 82-63 victory over Southern Tuesday, but the Bears will enter Saturday's contest somewhat in flux. At issue is the loss of starting G Ayinde Ubaka, who underwent surgery after breaking a bone in his left foot against the Jaguars and is expected to miss up to eight weeks of action.
The injury puts a temporary halt to a promising season for Ubaka, who was averaging 7.7 ppg and 4.0 apg this year, shooting 53.3 percent from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range.
With 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Leon Powe already sidelined for the year following September knee surgery, the Bears are now without their main cogs. Powe paced Cal in both scoring and rebounding last season, while Ubaka was the team's main assist man.
While each healthy member of the squad will need to contribute more to Cal's overall production, junior G Richard Midgley and sophomore F Marquise Kately will likely continue to be the primary options on offense.
Midgley is coming off a career night in which he scorched the nets for a personal-best 26 points vs. Southern, draining each of his first six three-point attempts. For the year, he is 7-for-11 from three-point distance (63.6%) and averaging 16.0 ppg.
Kately had his first career double-double against Southern - 14 points and 11 rebounds - after tying his career high with 24 points vs. Saint Mary's Nov. 12.
Cal's reserves - one of which will be asked to move into the starting line-up - have provided ample support so far, adding 22.0 ppg and topped by junior F David Paris' 8.7 ppg, which included a 16-point outing against UC Riverside in the season opener. In addition, freshman F/C DeVon Hardin showed much of his potential with eight points and seven boards in just 14 minutes vs. Southern.
The Bears' young troops - no senior is listed on the roster - will certainly have their work cut out for them in Provo. Cal was just 2-9 on the road last season, while BYU was 13-0 at home in the Marriott Center in 2003-04.
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Rout Southern, 82-63, but Ubaka Hurts Foot
Junior G Richard Midgley scored a career-high 26 points and sophomore F Marquise Kately posted his first double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) as Cal responded from an 11-day layoff with an 82-63 win over Southern Tuesday night in Haas Pavilion. The Bears used runs of 10-0 and 9-0 to claim a 40-23 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Midgley nailed each of his first six three-point attempts, finishing the night 6-for-8 from behind the arc. However, starting G Ayinde Ubaka, who had five points and six assists in 16 first-half minutes, did not play after intermission after fracturing a bone in his left foot.
Downtown is Midgley's Favorite Neighborhood
During his first two seasons at Cal, junior G Richard Midgley was clearly Cal's most consistent three-point threat. After setting a school freshman record by making 44.9 percent (44-98) of his long-range attempts in '02-03, he was 40-for-114 (35.1%) last year. Now, the native of Burgess Hill, England, is looking to put those numbers to shame. After a 6-for-8 three-point performance vs. Southern, Midgley is 7-for-11 from long distance this season - a 63.6 percent success rate. For his career, he has connected on 91-of-223 treys, putting him in 12th place on Cal's all-time list and fourth in three-point percentage (40.8%).
Cal Career Three-Pointers9. Monty Buckley (1992-95) 10610. Lamond Murray (1992-94) 9911. Geno Carlisle (1988-99) 9212. Richard Midgley (2003- ) 91
Career Three-Point Percentage1. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 43.1%2. Keith Smith (1987-90) 41.3%3. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 41.0%4. Richard Midgley (2003- ) 40.8%
Injuries Deplete Bears' Ranks Early in Season
Cal entered the 2004-05 knowing that three members of the roster would miss most, if not all, of the campaign - sophomore F Leon Powe (knee), freshman C Sam Rayburn (knee) and junior forward Jordi Geli (foot). Now, add sophomore G Ayinde Ubaka to the injured list. Ubaka, who started 29 of 31 games the past two years, fractured the fifth metatarsal of his left foot in the first half of Cal's Nov. 23 game vs. Southern. He underwent surgery the next day and is expected to miss up to eight weeks of action. Over the first three contests this season, Ubaka was averaging 7.7 ppg and 4.0 apg, shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent (5-8) from three-point range.
Powe, the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, is on the sidelines following Sept. 8 reconstructive knee surgery. The first freshman in the history of the Pac-10 to lead the league in rebounding when he averaged 9.5 rpg last year, he also was Cal's leading scorer in 2003-04 with 15.1 ppg. In addition, Rayburn is rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery, while Geli's preseason foot surgery will keep him off the court for the near future.
Marquise Kately Becoming a Marquee Player for Bears
With 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Leon Powe sitting out this year due to offseason knee surgery, sophomore F Marquise Kately knew he would be expected to carry much of the Bears' load - a task that has become even more urgent with the recent injury to Ayinde Ubaka. Cal's most consistent scorer and recipient of the team's Best Defensive Player Award in 2004, the 6-5 wing averaged 10.5 ppg and ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in shooting percentage (53.5%) en route to earning league All-Freshman honors last year. This season, Kately has put together two of his finest performances in back-to-back games. After soaring to a career-high-tying 24 points vs. Saint Mary's Nov. 12, he posted the first double-double of his career with 14 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds against Southern. He enters Saturday's BYU contest second on the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and first on the squad in both rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks (1.0 bpg, tied).
Three-Point Shot Returns as Big Weapon
During the 2003-04 season, Cal ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting by sinking just 31.0 percent of its attempts from long range. But this year, the Bears have become one of the top long-distance teams in the country. Cal has made at least 50 percent of its three-point tries in every game to date - 6-8 vs. UC Riverside, 3-6 vs. Saint Mary's and 7-13 vs. Southern - and the Bears enter the BYU game making 59.3 percent from behind the arc. Two players have already flirted with the Cal single-game record of 5-for-5 set by Amit Tamir vs. Arizona State in 2003. Freshman F Eric Vierneisel began his Cal career with a 4-for-4 three-point effort vs. UC Riverside, while junior G Richard Midgley sank his first six three-point attempts vs. Southern before finishing 6-for-8.
Darrall Imhoff to Be Inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Darrall Imhoff, a standout center for the Bears from 1958-60 who led Cal to the 1959 NCAA championship, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor at a banquet March 9, prior to the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. In the '59 title game, Imhoff hit the winning basket with 17 seconds left to lift Cal to a 71-70 win over West Virginia. A two-time All-American, he also won a gold medal as part of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team in Rome. Imhoff went on to a 12-year NBA career, with All-Star Game appearances in 1966 and '67. He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. Every year, starting in 2002, the Pac-10 adds one person from each league school into the Hall of Honor. The other Golden Bears who have been recognized are: Pete Newell (2002), Kevin Johnson (2003) and Jason Kidd (2004).
Golden Bear Notes ...
Martin Smith tied his career high with six assists vs. UC Riverside, then came back to break his record with seven assists against Southern ... Cal's defense has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 41.8 percent from the field or 33.3 percent from three-point range ... Bear reserves are averaging 22.0 ppg, contributing a high of 36 points against UC Riverside; last season, Cal's bench provided only 14.2 ppg as the starters accounted for 78.8 percent of the team's scoring output ... up to 18 of Cal's regular-season games will be televised this year ... in last season's 48-47 win over BYU, the Bears had their lowest scoring total in a victory since beating Stanford, 43-41, in double overtime on Feb. 16, 1985 ... in addition to BYU, Cal will face two other Mountain West Conference opponents this season - UNLV Dec. 1 and San Diego State Dec. 11.