Cal Completes Road Swing at Arizona Saturday
Jan. 20, 2006
California Golden Bears (10-5, 4-2) at Arizona Wildcats (11-6, 4-3)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. MT, McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
Radio: KYCY (1550 AM)
TV: ABC Regional
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* California completes a three-game road trip when the Golden Bears visit Arizona Saturday afternoon.
* At 4-2 in conference action, Cal stands just one-half game out of first place and boasts a 3-1 league record on the road this year. However, the Bears next face an Arizona squad they have not beaten in Tucson since 1995.
* Cal's 88-58 win at Arizona State Thursday matched the Bears' largest victory margin in a conference road game ever. Cal also defeated USC by 30 points in 1998 (73-43).
* One game after shooting just 11-for-24 from the free throw line at Stanford, the Bears came back to sink 31-of-38 from the charity stripe at ASU. The 31 free throws was Cal's highest total since also making 31 at Washington State on Feb. 22, 1997.
* Sophomore F Leon Powe finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona State - his sixth double-double this year. He has led Cal in rebounding in 34 of the 38 games he has played over his career.
* Junior G Ayinde Ubaka poured in 24 points at ASU, the second-highest total of his career, topped only by the 29 points he had vs. Oregon Jan. 5. Ubaka entered the season with a career-best of 13 points, but he has bettered that mark on eight occasions this season.
* With senior F Rod Benson out 4-5 weeks with a knee injury and senior G Martin Smith sidelined for another couple of weeks due to an abdominal strain, the Bears are without two players who combined to start 43 games last season. Benson led Cal in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg), while Smith was the Bears' top assist man (3.9 apg) during the 2004-05 campaign.
* If Cal defeats Arizona Saturday, the Bears will have their first road sweep of Arizona and ASU ever. Since the Wildcats and Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79, Cal has not come home from the desert without a loss.
* Cal won only three Pac-10 road games last year and will top that total with its next triumph. The Bears had just two conference road victories in 2004, but were 5-4 in league road contests in 2003.
* With 1,068 points, senior G Richard Midgley is tied with Kevin Singleton for 25th on Cal's all-time scoring list. Ed Gray, who finished with 1,082 points, stands in 24th place.