Cal Hosts Santa Clara Monday Night
Nov. 20, 2006
Santa Clara Broncos (2-0) at California Golden Bears (1-1)
Monday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Comcast SportsNet
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
California hosts Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m. Monday night in Haas Pavilion, making just a brief stop in Berkeley before traveling to the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska, later in the week.
The Golden Bears have won their last nine non-conference games at home, including a season-opening 60-47 win over Utah Valley State last Wednesday.
Cal took the most recent match-up with Santa Clara - 67-60 - on Nov. 20, 2001, but this will mark just the teams' second meeting in 13 seasons and fifth game since the 1983-84 campaign.The Bears, who are coming off an 86-79 setback at San Diego State this past Saturday, have been led by freshman F Ryan Anderson the first two games of the season. He has paced Cal in scoring and rebounding in both contests, so far.
The 6-10 Anderson scored 20 points and grabbed eight boards vs. UVSC and had another 21 points and eight rebounds at SDSU. He is the first Cal freshman to tally at least 20 points in his first two games since Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 or more in his first three outings in 1995-96.
Junior G Omar Wilkes has also played well to begin the year, averaging 12.5 ppg after scoring 15 points at San Diego State. He is shooting 57.9 percent from the floor, making 7-of-12 against the Aztecs.
As a team, the Bears are combining to shoot at a 37.9 percent clip from three-point range, led by Anderson's 5-for-10 effort. Freshman G Jerome Randle, who came off the bench for 18 points at San Diego State after going scoreless in the opener, is also 2-for-4.
Last season, Cal shot 37.4 percent from behind the arc, tying for the second-highest rate in school history and ranking second in the Pac-10 to Arizona State.
Sophomore C Jordan Wilkes, who suffered a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee in practice nearly two weeks ago, is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery this week. His loss leaves the Bears with just one returning post player in junior C DeVon Hardin.
Probable StartersPOS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 34 Ryan Anderson 6-10 235 Fr 20.5 8.0Scored at least 20 points in first two games: 59.1 FG% F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 So 4.5 6.0Shot 40.7% from three-point range last year; HM Pac-10 All-FreshmanC 35 DeVon Hardin 6-11 235 Jr 9.5 6.5Leads active Pac-10 players with 77 career blocksG 1 Ayinde Ubaka 6-4 200 Sr 11.5 2.0 apgAll-Pac-10 in 2006; preseason candidate for Wooden, Cousy awardsG 2 Omar Wilkes 6-4 185 Jr 12.5 1.515 points at San Diego State - most since 15 vs. Washington 1/26/06
Cal Head Coach Ben Braun
Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75), the second-winningest coach in Cal history, is in his 11th year in Berkeley and 30th season as a collegiate head coach. His record at Cal stands at 187-122, while his career mark - which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College - is 520-357. The 1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and one of 25 finalists for the 2003 Naismith National Coach of the Year award, Braun has led the Bears to the postseason seven times in his first 10 years. After taking Cal to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1997, he guided the Bears to the NIT championship in 1999 and to the NIT quarterfinals in 2000. He also directed Cal to consecutive NCAA Tournaments in 2001, '02 and '03, plus another NCAA berth in 2006. At EMU from 1985-96, the three-time MAC Coach of the Year guided the Eagles to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance with an overall record of 185-132. He was also 148-103 from 1977-85 at Siena Heights. A native of Chicago, Braun earned a teaching degree in English with a minor in African-American studies at Wisconsin in 1975. He received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Siena Heights.
Santa Clara Scouting Report
A Look at Santa Clara
Santa Clara is off to a 2-0 start to the season after victories over Holy Names (83-51) and Utah (83-72). Sean Denison scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor against the Utes. The Broncos were 13-16 last year, including a 5-9 mark in the West Coast Conference. They return nine letterman, five of whom were starters, and have been picked to finish sixth in the WCC this season.
Cal-Santa Clara Series History
Cal holds a 43-28 series lead, with the last meeting being a 67-60 win over Santa Clara on Nov. 20, 2001 in Haas Pavilion. However, this will be just the second match-up since the 1993-94 season when the teams split a pair of contests when Cal featured Jason Kidd and Santa Clara was led by Steve Nash. The Bears took an 81-74 decision at Preseason NIT game in San Jose, before the Broncos prevailed, 80-67, at the Oakland Arena.
Santa Clara Head Coach Dick Davey
Dick Davey is in his 15th season as head coach at Santa Clara and owns a 232-180 record. A Cal assistant under Dick Edwards in the 1970s, Davey has directed the Broncos to three NCAA Tournaments over his career.
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Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Cal Falls at San Diego State, 86-79
San Diego State scored 56 points and shot 70.0 percent from the floor in the second half, helping the Aztecs to an 86-79 win over visiting Cal last Saturday. The Bears took advantage of 12 first-half turnovers by SDSU to build a 31-30 lead at the break. But the Aztecs went ahead for good early in the second half and led by as many as 11. Cal got back within three points at 82-79 before San Diego State made four free throws in the final 10 seconds. Freshman F Ryan Anderson paced Cal in scoring for the second straight game with 21 points before fouling out with 5:13 left. Freshman Jerome Randle came off the bench for 18 points, while Omar Wilkes added 15 points and DeVon Hardin 10.
Bear Defense - Reversal of Fortune at San Diego State
After surrendering just 47 points to Utah Valley State in its season opener last Wednesday, Cal gave up nearly double that amount in Saturday's contest at San Diego State when the Aztecs tallied 86 points against the Bears. The 47-point output by UVSC represents the fewest points allowed by Cal in a season opener since the Bears beat Saint Mary's, 62-44, on Dec. 5, 1964. On the flip side, the 86 points were the most for a Cal opponent in a regulation game since Washington beat the Bears, 106-73 on March 3, 2005 and most for a non-Pac-10 foe since Saint Louis prevailed, 88-66, on Nov. 29, 2000.
Cal Comes Up Short in Rebounding Department
Perhaps the key area of concern for Cal entering the season was rebounding. After losing Leon Powe and his Pac-10-leading 10.5 rpg to the NBA last April, the Bears knew that they would have to pick up the effort on the boards. But through the first two games of the year, Cal has a cumulative -13 margin in rebounding. Utah Valley State out-boarded the Bears, 33-30, and San Diego State posted a 34-24 rebound margin. The 24 rebounds matched Cal's low for a game last year, set at Eastern Michigan and at Washington. Although three players are averaging at least 6.0 rpg - Ryan Anderson (8.0 rpg), DeVon Hardin (6.5 rpg) and Theo Robertson (6.0 rpg) - no other Cal player is pulling down more than 1.5 per game.
Bears Have Won 9 Straight Home Non-Conference Games
Cal enters Monday's contest against Santa Clara having won night straight home games against non-conference competition inside Haas Pavilion. The Bears were a perfect 6-0 at home vs. teams outside the Pac-10 last year, and took their 2006-07 opener over Utah Valley State, 60-47, last week. Cal's last loss in Berkeley to a non-Pac-10 squad was a 63-60 decision to Colorado on Dec. 7, 2004.
After 0-fer, Jerome Randle Finds His Range at San Diego State
Freshman PG Jerome Randle got off to an inauspicious start to his Cal career when he was 0-for-4 from the floor in his debut vs. Utah Valley State last Wednesday. But he quickly showed why he was chosen the Illinois Class A Player of the Year for 2006 when he lit up the nets for 18 points at San Diego State Saturday. In 21 minutes, Randle drained 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 on three-pointers, and sank all four of his free throw attempts to finish with 18 points. He scored the Bears' final nine points of the game, which included a three-pointer, two lay-ups and a pair of free throws. As a senior at Chicago's Hales Franciscan HS last season, the diminutive Randle averaged 25 ppg.