By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 11:32 pm in Basketball.
In the 100th season of Cal basketball, we continue our countdown of the greatest teams in school history. Today: No. 3.
Team’s record: 21-9.
Achievements: Cal advances past first weekend of NCAA tournament for the first time since 1960 before losing to Kansas in the Sweet 16.
Record vs. Stanford: 2-0.
Record vs. UCLA: 1-1.
Coaches: Lou Campanelli (10-7) and Todd Bozeman (11-2).
Top players: G Jason Kidd (13.0 ppg, 7.7 apg), F Lamond Murray (19.1 ppg), C Btian Hendrick (10.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg), F Al Grigsby (10.0 ppg).
Bottom line: One of the most tumultuous seasons in Cal history also produces peaks moments. Campanelli is ousted in a controversial mid-season firing, and Bozeman helps turn the ship. Freshman Kidd’s national profile skyrockets after spectacular NCAA tournament performances in victories over LSU and two-time defending champion Duke.
News of the world: The World Trade Center in New York is bombed; a 51-day standoff in Waco, Texas, ends badly when 76 die in fire at Branch Davidian compound.
U.S. president: Bill Clinton.
U.S. population: 257 million.
Elvis sighting: “The Woman Who Loved Elvis,” a TV movie starring Roseann Barr, is released and civilization is never the same.
AP Athletes of the Year: Michael Jordan (basketball) and Sheryl Swoopes (college basketball).
Elsewhere in Bay Area sports: Senior tailback Russell White puts together his third straight 1,000-yard season to become Cal’s all-time rusher; The rest of the country discovers Steve Nash when the freshman guard from British Columbia helps lead Santa Clara to a first-round NCAA tournament upset of No. 2 seed Arizona.