Feb. 11, 2002
California Golden Bears (17-5, 8-4) at Washington State Cougars (5-16, 1-12)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Friel Court, Pullman, WA
TV: KRON TV (Channel 4)
Radio: KABL (960 AM)
California at Washington Huskies (8-15, 2-11, vs. Stanford Feb. 14)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Bank of America Arena, Seattle, WA
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: KABL (960 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Cal embarks on its next-to-last road trip of the year when the Bears visit Washington State and Washington this weekend.
Cal is an impressive 15-1 at home - the team's greatest number of victories in Berkeley since 1953-54. But with a 2-4 road record, the Bears need to prove they can win outside of Haas Pavilion and they have the opportunity to do just that with four of their final six regular-season contests away from home.
Overall, Cal's 17-5 record is the best in the Pac-10 - every other squad has at least six losses - and the Bears sport an RPI of 26, third highest in the league behind Arizona (8) and UCLA (21).
Cal has reached its standing with a defense that leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (64.4 ppg), field goal percentage defense (41.0%) and turnover margin (+5.05). The Bears have held 11 teams to 60 points or less, limiting Stanford to a season-low 54 points and Arizona State to 59 points - its second-lowest total of the year.
Cal has also shown that it can also win in a shootout, with a 92-91 overtime victory at USC and a 107-103 triumph over Oregon.
In the thriller over the Ducks, forward Amit Tamir set a Cal freshman record with 39 points, making 14-of-19 from the floor and 5-of-6 from three-point range. The 6-10 Tamir has 18 three-pointers on the season and is shooting 40.9 percent from behind the arc (43.9% in Pac-10 play).
The Bears' most consistent threat remains junior forward Joe Shipp, who has paced Cal's offense 12 times and averages 14.9 ppg. Over his last six contests, Shipp is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor.
Junior point guard Shantay Legans also seems to have lifted his level of play recently. Not only has he led the Bears in assists in each of the past six games, but he poured in a season-best 22 points vs. Oregon, all after halftime. In the overtime periods, Legans sank two three-pointers and shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.