Cal Aims for Seventh Straight Win vs. Arizona State
Feb. 17, 2006
Arizona State Sun Devils (9-14, 3-11) at California Golden Bears (16-6, 10-3)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYCY (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* California aims for its seventh consecutive victory when the Golden Bears host Arizona State at 5 p.m. Saturday in Haas Pavilion. Now tied with UCLA for first place in the Pac-10 with a 10-3 conference mark, Cal owns an 11-1 record at home this season - best in the league.
* If the Bears beat ASU for their seventh straight win, the run will equal Cal's longest conference streak since the Bears claimed 11 in a row during the 1959-60 season. That year, Cal lost its opener at USC before going undefeated the rest of the season. The Bears also had a seven-game Pac-10 run to open the 2003 Pac-10 slate.
* With 32 points vs. Stanford last week and 30 points against Arizona Thursday, sophomore F Leon Powe became the first Cal player to post back-to-back 30-point games since Ed Gray had three straight in 1997: 33 at Oregon State (1/16/97), 30 at Oregon (1/18/97) and 30 vs. Washington State (1/23/97).
* Head coach Ben Braun has guided Cal to at least 10 conference wins five times during his tenure: 1997 (12-6), 2001 (11-7), 2002 (12-6), 2003 (13-5) and 2006 (10-3). The only other coach in school history to accomplish the feat was Pete Newell: 1956 (10-6), 1957 (14-2), 1958 (12-4), 1959 (14-2) and 1960 (11-1).
* During its current six-game winning streak, Cal is holding opponents to just 60.3 ppg and has committed only 55 turnovers (9.2 per game), including five at Oregon State and four vs. Stanford. For the season, the Bears average a Pac-10-low 11.8 turnovers per game.
* Powe, who leads the Pac-10 in both scoring (19.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg), is on pace to become the first Bear since Mark McNamara in 1981-82 (22.0 ppg, 12.6 rpg) to top the conference in both categories. Powe is also on track to be the first Cal player to average at least 10 points and 10 rebounds since Brian Hendrick in 1991-92 (16.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg).
* Junior G Ayinde Ubaka has scored in double figures in 12 straight games - longest current streak in the conference. Powe is next at 11 in a row.
* Cal leads the Pac-10 in three-point shooting at 38.3 percent, just ahead of Arizona State (38.2%).