Cal Meets UCLA in Pac-10 Quarterfinals

March 8, 2007

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California Golden Bears (15-16, 6-12) vs.
UCLA Bruins (26-4, 15-3)

Thursday, March 8, 2:50 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears

  • After defeating Oregon State, 70-51, in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament Wednesday, eighth-seeded California next faces No. 1 seed UCLA in a quarterfinal meeting at 2:50 p.m. Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • Thursday's contest is a rematch from last year's Pac-10 Tournament final, won by the Bruins, 71-52. G Ayinde Ubaka had a game-high 18 points for the Bears.
  • Although Cal is 0-2 vs. UCLA this year, the Bears have won at least one game vs. the Bruins each of the past eight seasons, dating back to the 1998-99 campaign.
  • Cal is 1-1 vs. UCLA in Pac-10 Tournament history. In addition to last year's result, the Bears won, 67-61, in the 2002 quarterfinals behind six three-pointers by Ryan Forehan-Kelly.
  • In Wednesday's win over Oregon State, freshman Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 27 points, breaking his old mark of 25 set against Santa Clara on Nov. 20. In addition, he grabbed 15 rebounds (including seven on the offensive end), which was one shy of his personal best set at DePaul on Dec. 23.
  • Oregon State shot just 37.5 percent from the floor (28.0 percent in the second half). As a result, Cal now owns a 9-0 record this season when holding opponents to 40 percent or less.
  • Cal set several team Pac-10 Tournament records vs. Oregon State: most three-pointers (12), most three-point attempts (29) and most rebounds (44).
  • With their 12 three-pointers against the Beavers, Cal increased its school-record total to 235 treys on the year. The old record was 198 set during the 2002-03 season.
  • Cal's +13 rebound margin vs. Oregon State (44-31) was the Bears' highest since out-boarding San Diego, 39-25, on Dec. 9.
  • Junior G Omar Wilkes, who was held scoreless in the first half of the OSU game, scored 10 points after the break. He also snared a career-best seven rebounds.

Probable StartersPOS  NO  NAME            HT    WT   YR  PPG   RPGF    24  Theo Robertson  6-6   225  So  8.6   4.4Career-high 21 points vs. Oregon State 2/17 (6-8 FG, 1-1 3P, 8-10 FT) F    31  Alex Pribble    6-4   215  Sr  0.7   1.2Has started 6 games this year; 4 steals vs. USC at homeF    34  Ryan Anderson   6-10  235  Fr  16.3  8.027 points, 15 boards vs. OSU; 56 three-pointers (#2 on Cal frosh list)G    1   Ayinde Ubaka    6-4   200  Sr  13.5  4.4 apgRanks 22nd in Cal history with 1,158 pts; career-best 136 assistsG    2   Omar Wilkes     6-4   185  Jr  10.1  2.2Team-high 16 points vs. ASU 3/3; 10 points, 7 boards vs. OSU

Golden Bear Notes

Last Time Out: Big Run Fuels 70-51 Win over Oregon StateCalifornia used a 34-2 run in the first half to key a 70-51 victory over Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament Wednesday. Down, 13-6, to start the game, the Bears sudden caught fire, going on a 9-0 run. After OSU tied the scored at 15-all, the Bears scored the game's next 25 points for a 40-15 advantage. Ryan Anderson, who finished with a career-high 27 points, had 20 points by halftime. The Beavers cut their deficit to eight points twice in the second half, but Cal withstood the challenge and did not let them any closer. In addition to his point total, Anderson grabbed 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year. Ayinde Ubaka and Omar Wilkes both chipped in 10 points for the Bears.

A Quick Look Back: Bears Reach Tourney Final in 2006
Behind a Most Valuable Player performance by Leon Powe, Cal reached the Pac-10 Tournament final for the first time last season. In the quarterfinals, Powe had 22 points and a tournament-record 20 rebounds to lead the Bears to an 82-67 win over USC. Powe then scored a tournament-record 41 points in a 91-87 double OT victory over Oregon in the semifinals. However, the Bears came up short in their chance for the championship with a 71-52 setback to UCLA. In addition to Powe, Ayinde Ubaka was voted to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.0 ppg in the three games.

2006-7 Cal-UCLA in Review
Jan. 25, Berkeley
- Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half to lead UCLA to a 62-46 win over Cal. The Bears jumped out to a 16-8 lead, but after Ryan Anderson picked up his second first-half foul and went to the bench, the Bruins went on an 18-4 run to go up, 26-20. UCLA then outscored Cal, 11-5, out of the break and led by double figures much of the rest of the night. The Bears played without F Eric Vierneisel, who sprained his left ankle the day prior to the game, leaving them with just eight healthy scholarship players. Theo Robertson paced Cal with 16 points, while Anderson had 13 points and six rebounds.

Feb. 22, Los Angeles - Cal battled UCLA to a virtual draw for 20 minutes, but the Bruins dominated inside during the second half on their way to an 85-75 victory to snap the Bears' two-game winning streak in Pauley Pavilion. Cal rushed out to a 14-4 lead less than five minutes into the contest. UCLA, though, used an 8-0 run to take its first lead at 32-30 and was up, 35-34, at the break despite allowing the Bears to shoot 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half. In the second half, UCLA scored 36 points in the paint to pull away, leading by as many as 26 points before Cal made a late run. The Bears shot season highs from the floor (60.5%) and three-point range (61.5) and were led by Ryan Anderson's 21 points.

Anderson, Ubaka Climbing Season 3-Point List
Freshman F Ryan Anderson (56) and senior G Ayinde Ubaka (53) are already the first Cal tandem to make more than 50 three-pointers in the same season, and the teammates are now moving up the Bears' season three-point list. Anderson, who drained six treys vs. Oregon State Wednesday, is tied with Billy Dreher (1991) for seventh place with 56 three-pointers, while Ubaka's 53 threes put him in a tie for ninth with Monty Buckley (1995).

Golden Bear Notes ...With 1,158 career points, Ayinde Ubaka ranks 22nd in Cal history and needs five more to pass Michael Chavez (1980-83, 1,162 points) for 21st place ... Ubaka has also moved into fourth on Cal's career three-point chart with 154 ... Cal is shooting a Pac-10-high 77.2 percent from the free throw line, well ahead of the school-record pace of 73.5 percent set in 1986-87 ... Jamaal Wilkes, father of Golden Bears Omar and Jordan Wilkes, is UCLA's choice for induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor this week; Russ Critchfield, a 1968 All-American at guard, is Cal's inductee ... Ryan Anderson's 27 points vs. Oregon State Wednesday were the most for the Bears since Leon Powe scored a Pac-10 Tournament-record 41 points vs. Oregon last year ... Omar Wilkes has scored in double figures in five straight games - the longest streak of his career; he has averaged 11.6 ppg during the span ... with 11 turnovers vs. Oregon State, Cal lowered its season rate to 11.61 topg, which ranks among the top 15 in the country ... Anderson (504 points) has joined Shareef Abdur-Rahim (590) as the only Cal freshmen to score at least 500 points in a season.

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