Bears Try to Extend Streak to Five vs. Akron

Dec. 2, 2005

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Akron Zips (2-0) at California Golden Bears (4-1)
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYCY (1550 AM)
TV: Comcast SportsNet

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears

  • California seeks its fifth straight win vs. Akron after opening the season with a 67-65 loss at Eastern Michigan.
  • Sophomore F Leon Powe made his season debut vs. San Jose State and finished with a career-high-tying 27 points (also vs. UC Irvine, 12/3/03) and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.
  • In Akron, Cal is facing a team coached by a former Ben Braun assistant (Keith Dambrot) for the fourth time in six games this year. The other schools were: Eastern Michigan (Charles Ramsey), Northern Colorado (Craig Rasmuson) and San Jose State (George Nessman).
  • Sophomore C DeVon Hardin was voted Pac-10 Player of the week after averaging 22.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg and earning MVP honors at the Golden Bear Classic last week. It is Hardin's first career honor.
  • Senior G Richard Midgley drained four more three-pointers vs. San Jose State Wednesday night to increase his career total to 144 - fourth most in school history.
  • Cal has committed just 62 turnovers in five games (12.4 topg) and owns a +5.80 turnover margin. The Bears had only 10 turnovers vs. both Eastern Michigan and Northeastern and have not had more than 15 in any game this season.
  • Cal has a 32-5 home record in the month of December under head coach Ben Braun.
  • Since allowing Eastern Michigan to shoot 55.3 percent from the floor in the season opener, Cal has limited three of its last four opponents to less than 40 percent field goal shooting.
  • Over Cal's last two contests vs. Northeastern and San Jose State, the Bears have attempted 47 free throws to their opponents' 10. Northeastern was just 1-for-2 from the charity stripe last Saturday, while San Jose State was 2-for-8 Wednesday. Cal, meanwhile, shot 32-for-47 during the two games.
  • Once Cal concludes its six-game homestand vs. San Diego State Tuesday, the Bears won't return to Haas Pavilion until they host Oregon Jan. 5 - a span of 30 days between home dates. Following a Dec. 10 visit to Kansas City, Mos., to face Kansas, Cal takes a break for final exams from Dec. 11-20. Then, after the Dec. 21 Pete Newell Challenge vs. DePaul, opens Pac-10 play at USC and UCLA Dec. 29-31.