Men's Basketball Team Gearing up for No. 4 Stanford
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 2, 1999

(AP) - No. 4 Stanford will renew its longtime rivalry against Pac-10 foe California on Tuesday when the Cardinal visit Oakland to battle the Bears.

The series is the oldest in Stanford history, with the two teams meeting 232 times. While the Bears hold a 135-97 lead, the Cardinal have dominated it in recent years. They've won four in a row and seven of nine, including a 71-62 victory earlier this season.

Stanford (18-3, 8-1) bounced back from a loss at Arizona last week to defeat Arizona State, 73-63, on Saturday. The Cardinal won the game from the free-throw line, making 31 of 42 attempts compared to just 6 of 11 for the Sun Devils.

The win helped Stanford maintain its one-game lead over the Wildcats in the conference and senior forward Peter Sauer thinks one game is enough.

"I think we're in the driver's seat. It's going to be our conference to win or lose," Sauer said.

Stellar defense has been the key to Cardinal success this season. They are holding opponents to 56.6 points per game, the lowest total in school history since the 1959-60 season. They've also outrebounded their opponent in 18 of 21 games.

California (12-7, 3-6), which has lost five of its last seven, is hoping that a three-game homestand can get it back on the winning track and in contention for a possible tournament bid. After starting the year 9-1, the team has fallen apart.

The Bears come off a 91-74 loss to Arizona on Saturday.

Geno Carlisle leads Cal with 17 points per game while Mark Madsen tops the Cardinal at 12.9 points per game.