Jan. 14, 2002
Washington Huskies (7-9, 1-5) at California Golden Bears (11-3, 2-2)
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KABL (960 AM)
Washington State Cougars (4-10, 0-6, at Stanford Jan. 17) at California
Saturday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: KABL (960 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Cal returns home to Haas Pavilion this week when the Bears host Washington and Washington State in Berkeley. Cal is a perfect 10-0 at home this year and hopes to add center Solomon Hughes and his 11.4 ppg back to the lineup Thursday.
Hughes, who leads the Pac-10 in field goal shooting at 69.6 percent, has missed the last four games with a strained right knee. He was expected to return to practice Monday afternoon and could see his first action since Dec. 29 when the Bears battle the Huskies.
Despite having the 6-11 senior on the sidelines, the Bears have maintained their status as the conference's top defensive unit, leading the Pac-10 in four categories - scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, steals and turnover margin. Surrendering just 61.9 ppg overall, Cal has been even stingier at home where opponents score only 57.6 ppg and have topped 63 points twice in 10 tries.
In addition, the Bears have already equaled their blocked shot total from last year with 66 so far, and they have also picked off at least 10 steals in nine of their past 10 contests.
Overall, Cal is 11-3 and off to its best start since also going 11-3 at the beginning of the 1988-89 season. Seven players are averaging at least 7.1 ppg, led by junior forward Joe Shipp (15.1 ppg). Shipp had 24 points at Oregon last week and has paced the Bears in scoring on eight occasions. Freshman forward Amit Tamir joins Hughes as the only other player in double figures at 10.2 ppg. Tamir tallied 19 points against the Ducks and also had 12 points and 9 rebounds vs. Penn State.
Junior wing Brian Wethers, despite not starting a Pac-10 game, has led Cal on the boards three times in league action, including a best of eight in the win over Stanford. Wethers is also scoring at a career-best 9.4 ppg clip.