Nov. 12, 2001
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Thursday, Nov. 15
Eastern Washington Eagles vs. St. Joseph's Hawks, 6 p.m.
Princeton Tigers vs. California Golden Bears, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16
Consolation Game, 6 p.m.
Championship Game, 8:30 p.m.
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Cal starts the 2001-02 season by hosting the Black Coaches Association Classic Thursday and Friday in Haas Pavilion. After facing defending Ivy League champion Princeton in the opener, the Bears will meet either 10th-ranked St. Joseph's or Eastern Washington in the second round.
Cal enters the games riding a wave of confidence following a pair of big exhibition wins - a 111-74 defeat of the L.A. City Stars and a 97-67 victory over EA Sports. In both games, the Bears proved they were capable of performing at a high level without the services of Sean Lampley, Cal's all-time leading scorer who graduated last spring.
The Bears received scoring output from throughout the lineup with seven different players reaching double figures at least once. As a group, Cal shot 56.6 percent from the floor in the two games, including 62.1 percent vs. the L.A. City Stars.
The Bears should also receive a boost with the anticipated return of junior guard Brian Wethers. He sat out both of the exhibition games with tendinitis in a knee, but will likely return to his spot in the starting lineup against Princeton.
Hughes, who led the Pac-10 in field goal shooting last season (62.9 percent) has looked particularly strong early on. He had 20 points and 10 boards vs. the L.A. Stars and made 16 of is 21 field goal attempts in the two games. With the freshman Sampson, a third team Parade All-American last year, alongside him, the Bears start an imposing front line with two 6-11 players.
Last year, Cal finished 20-11 overall and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where the Bears lost to Fresno State, 82-70, in a first round game in Memphis, Tenn.