Cal Visits Stanford in Sunday Night Tilt
Feb. 19, 2008
California Golden Bears (15-9, 6-7) at Stanford Cardinal (21-4, 10-3)
Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m., Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net
California wraps up a three-game road trip with a visit to Stanford (#9 AP/#9 ESPN/USA Today) at 6 p.m. Sunday night in a contest that will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
The Bears, 4-2 in Pac-10 road games this season, coming off a 76-73 victory at Arizona State, putting them in position to have a winning league mark away from home for the second time in three years. Since the formation of the Pac-10 in 1978-79, Cal has finished above .500 in conference road action six times, earning an NCAA Tournament bid on each occasion.
The Bears, though, face a difficult path with three remaining road contests at No. 9 Stanford, at USC and at No. 6 UCLA. However, Cal has proven it can prevail in those environments the past couple of years, defeating Stanford, 67-63, in Maples Pavilion last Jan. 3 and sweeping UCLA and USC in Los Angeles during the 2005-06 campaign.
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson continues to lead the Bears in both scoring (22.0 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg). He has been particularly impressive on the road, where his averages are 25.8 ppg and 12.5 rpg. Just last week, he finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds at Arizona and 28 points and 11 boards at ASU.
The only sophomore in school history to score 1,000 points, Anderson enters Sunday's game with 1,068 points, which ties for 27th on the school's all-time list.
Sophomore G Patrick Christopher bounced back after a season-low two-point outing vs. Oregon Feb. 9 to score a team-high 21 points at Arizona and add 20 more at ASU. He was also the primary defender on Sun Devil G James Hardin, limiting him to 11 points on 3-of-10 field goal shooting after he torched Cal for 27 points in the first match-up.
Senior C DeVon Hardin led the Bears with 17 points - his highest Pac-10 total of the year - vs. Stanford back on Jan. 26 in Berkeley. He ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in rebounding (7th, 7.6 rpg), field goal percentage (6th, 57.1%) and blocked shots (5th, 1.36 bpg).
On track to set a school record for free throw shooting, Cal has moved up to fifth in the country at 77.6 percent from the stripe. The Bears are also averaging 7.04 three-pointers per game and making 37.5 percent of their long-range attempts, both of which stand as the second-best marks in team history.
Probable StartersPOS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 235 So 7.4 4.4Started last 6 games; scored in double figures 5 of last 8 games F 34 Ryan Anderson 6-10 240 So 22.0 10.22-time Pac-10 Player of the Week; road averages: 25.8 ppg, 12.5 rpgC 35 DeVon Hardin 6-11 250 Sr 9.9 7.630 blocks; 57.1 FG%; team-high 17 points in first Stanford gameG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 165 So 12.0 3.9 apg17 points at Arizona; Golden Bear Classic MVPG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 So 16.3 3.715 or more pts. in 18 games; 20 pts., including game-winner, at UW
Cal Head Coach Ben Braun
Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75), the second-winningest coach in Cal history, is in his 12th year in Berkeley and 31st season as a collegiate head coach. His record at Cal stands at 217-147, while his career mark - which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College - is 550-382. 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. 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.
Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford
Stanford enters Sunday's game having won eight of its last nine games and owner of a 13-1 mark at home in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal is the top rebounding team in the Pac-10 with a +10.7 per-game margin, and it is holding opponents to 38.2 percent shooting from the floor and just 57.8 ppg. Brook Lopez, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-66 victory at Arizona last Saturday, paces the squad with 19.1 ppg and 7.9 rpg, while his brother, Robin, owns a team-high 56 blocks.
Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal holds a 139-111 lead in a series that dates back to the 1911-12 season. The Bears are just 5-18 vs. the Cardinal since 1997, but the squads split their two meetings last year. Cal claimed a 67-63 decision on Jan. 3, 2007, in Maples Pavilion behind 26 points by Ayinde Ubaka, while Stanford won, 90-71, a month later in Berkeley. Sophomore G Jerome Randle paced the Bears with 19 points, his high game as a freshman. Back on Jan. 26 of this year, the Cardinal prevailed, 82-77, in Haas Pavilion.
Stanford Head Coach Trent Johnson
Trent Johnson is 73-44 in his fourth season at Stanford, having guiding the Cardinal to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and '07 and to the NIT in 2006. Johnson was 79-74 in five years at Nevada from 2000-04, which included an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004.
Probable StartersPos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 11 Brook Lopez 7-0 260 So 19.1 7.9F 44 Fred Washington 6-5 215 Sr 5.0 4.3C 42 Robin Lopez 7-0 255 So 9.4 5.9G 1 Mitch Johnson 6-1 190 Jr 6.5 4.8 apgG 4 Anthony Goods 6-3 205 Jr 10.7 2.2
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Golden Bear Notes
Last Game: Cal Picks Up Fourth Pac-10 Road Win at ASU
Patrick Christopher scored 20 points and helped hold Arizona State's high-scoring guard James Hardin to 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting as Cal defeated the Sun Devils, 76-73, for the Bears' seventh win in their last eight trips to Tempe. After ASU jumped out to a 26-17 lead, Cal went on a 28-8 run that turned into a 45-34 Bear advantage with 12:54 left in the game. The Bears still led, 63-50, with 1:57 to go when ASU got hot from the outside, sinking seven three-pointers in the final 1:11. However, Cal made 13-of-16 free throws during the same stretch to ensure the victory. Ryan Anderson paced the Bears with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
Bears Find More Success on Road than at Home
With the Pac-10 season rapidly winding down, Cal is in the unusual position of having more success on the road than inside Haas Pavilion. To date, the Bears are just 2-5 in Berkeley, while they are 4-2 outside of town, including a 69-64 victory at then-No. 9 Washington State. Sophomore F Ryan Anderson has been at his best in road games. In conference action, he has had a 17-point, 17-rebound outing at Oregon State, a 27-point, 9-rebound effort at Washington State, a 33-point, 17-rebound performance at Washington and 28 and 11 afternoon at Arizona State - all Cal wins. In eight road games overall, Cal is now 5-3 and has put up some impressive numbers: shooting 46.1 percent from the field and holding opponents to 41.0 percent, including 29.2 percent from three-point range.
Winning Pac-10 Road Record Has Meant Postseason Invite
Now sporting a 5-3 record outside of Haas Pavilion, including a 4-2 mark in Pac-10 play, Cal is on the verge of posting its third winning road record under head coach Ben Braun. The Bears were also over .500 in 2005-06, when they went 6-4 overall, and in 2002-03, when they finished 7-4. In Pac-10 action, Cal has had a winning road record six times, resulting in an NCAA Tournament berth on each occasion - 2006, 2003, 2001, 1994, 1993 and 1990.
Cal's Winning Pac-10 Road Records (since 1978-79)Season Overall Pac-10 Postseason2007-08 5-3 4-2 ???2005-06 6-4 5-3 NCAA2002-03 7-4 5-4 NCAA2000-01 5-7 5-4 NCAA1993-94 6-5 5-4 NCAA1992-93 8-3 6-3 NCAA1989-90 7-4 7-2 NCAA
Ryan Anderson: Cal's First 1,000-Point Sophomore
With 22 points vs. Oregon State Feb. 7, F Ryan Anderson became the first sophomore in school history to score 1,000. He is the 36th Cal player ever to attain the 1,000-point level and enters Sunday's action tied for 27th all-time with 1,068 points. Only two other Bears scored 1,000 points in the first two years with the program, and both of them transferred in. Mark McNamara, who began his career at Santa Clara, had 1,041 points in 1981 and '82, while Ed Gray finished with 1,082 points in 1996 and '97 after entering Cal from the College of Southern Idaho. In addition, Anderson is one of just four Cal players to score more than 500 points in back-to-back years, and his total of 1,068 points is the fourth-highest two-season total in Cal history.
Most Points Freshman-Sophomore Seasons at CalName Frosh Soph Total1. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 539 501 10402. Brian Hendrick (1990-91) 478 492 9703. Leon Powe (2004, 06) 409 553 962
Most Points in Back-to-Back Seasons at CalName Best 2 Years 1st Year 2nd Year Total
1. Lamond Murray 1993-94 572 729 13012. Sean Lampley 2000-01 549 605 11543. Joe Shipp 2002-03 474 632 11064. Ed Gray 1996-97 438 644 10825. Ryan Anderson 2007-08 539 529 10686. Russ Critchfield 1967-68 545 505 1050
Bears Pouring in the Points
Now averaging 78.2 ppg, Cal leads the conference in offensive production, something no Cal team has done since the 1970-71 season. The Bears have scored at least 90 points four times, including a pair of games over 100, and 80 or more on seven occasions. In fact, Cal's 117-74 win over Jackson State Dec. 5 represented the third-highest single-game total in school history. The Bears also defeated Long Beach State, 102-65, on Dec. 28 in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic, and topped USC, 92-82, in their Pac-10 opener. Cal's current per-game rate is the fifth highest in school history, represents a +8.7 ppg increase over last year, and is the team's best since the 1994-95 squad averaged 79.9 ppg.
Cal's Highest-Scoring TeamsYear G Points Avg1. 1970-71 25 2098 83.92. 1994-95 27 2158 79.93. 1992-93 30 2380 79.34. 1993-94 30 2358 78.65. 2007-08 24 1876 78.2
Year of the Sophomore for Golden Bears
In many circles around the country, the 2007-08 season has been deemed the Year of the Freshman for the number of quality newcomers on college rosters. But at Cal, the campaign can easily be called the Year of the Sophomore. The Bears' second-year players are combining to average 59.6 ppg, or 76.2 percent of Cal's total. The team's top three scorers are all sophomores, led by Ryan Anderson's 22.0 ppg. He is followed by Patrick Christopher with 16.3 ppg and Jerome Randle with 12.0 ppg. Each player has already set a career high, as well. Anderson poured in 36 points at Nevada, Christopher had 26 vs. Jackson State, and Randle came through with 26 points against North Dakota State.
Cal Production by Class Points (Avg.) Rebounds (Avg.) Assists (Avg.)Senior 328 (13.7) 221 (9.2) 66 (2.8)Junior 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)Sophomore 1430 (59.6) 525 (21.9) 292 (12.2)Freshman 118 (4.9) 67 (2.8) 27 (1.1)
Anderson Could Be Cal's 7th Pac-10 Scoring Champ since '94
Now contributing 22.0 ppg and owner of four 30-point games this year, sophomore F Ryan Anderson is on his way to becoming the Bears' seventh conference scoring champion in the past 15 years. Anderson set a career best with 36 points at Nevada and later tossed in 32 vs. Arizona State, 30 against Arizona and 33 at Washington. Only two players at Cal have had more 30-point games in one year - Ed Gray had six in 1996-97 and Lamond Murray had five in 1993-94. Anderson enters Sunday's Stanford game having reached double figures in 27 straight contests, and he has scored 20 or more points 14 times this year, including nine games with at least 27 points. The school record for consecutive games scoring at least 10 points is 51 in a row by Lamond Murray (1993-94).
Recent Cal Pac-10 Scoring ChampionsLamond Murray 1993-94 24.3 ppgShareef Abdur-Rahim 1995-96 21.1 ppgEd Gray 1996-97 24.8 ppgSean Lampley 2000-01 19.5 ppgJoe Shipp 2002-03 20.4 ppgLeon Powe 2005-06 20.5 ppgRyan Anderson 2007-08 22.0 ppg**leads Pac-10 entering this week's action
Bears Dishing Out Coach-Pleasing, Pac-10-Leading 16.0 apg
One stat that head coach Ben Braun values highly is assists, which provide a good indication of how well the Bears are playing as a team on the offensive end. In 2007-08, Cal has averaged 16.04 apg, best in the Pac-10 and the Bears' highest rate since the Jason Kidd-led squad of 1993-94 dished out 17.6 apg. No one player is responsible for the rise, as four different Bears are averaging more than two per game - Jerome Randle (3.9 apg, 9th in Pac-10), Nikola Knezevic (2.4 apg), Patrick Christopher (2.4 apg) and Eric Vierneisel (2.2 apg).
DeVon Hardin Holds Down No. 2 Block Spot
With 125 blocks during his Cal career, senior C DeVon Hardin has cemented his place as the No. 2 shot-blocker in school history. Michael Stewart, who played from 1994-97, is the all-time leader with 207. Hardin has swatted 25 shots this year and is well on his way to leading the team for the third consecutive season. He had a high of 48 as a sophomore in 2006, and although he was limited to just 11 games due to a foot stress fracture last year, he still had a team-best 21. On the offensive end, Hardin is shooting a career-high 57.1 percent from the floor, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10, tossing in 9.9 ppg.
Anderson Reaps Pac-10, National Honors for WSU, UW Effort
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson, who averaged 30.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg in wins at Washington State and Washington Jan. 31-Feb.2, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, as well as the ESPN.com, The Sporting News and FoxSports.com National Player of the Week. Dick Vitale also selected him Co-Player of the Week. Anderson made 20-of-32 shots from the floor (62.5%), 9-of-14 from three-point range (64.3%) and all 11 of his free throw tries. He had 27 points and nine rebounds at WSU, including the go-ahead layup with 42 seconds left, and 33 points and a career-high-tying 17 boards at UW.
Cal Among NCAA Free Throw Leaders Again
From 1997 through 2005, Cal never once managed to make 70 percent of its attempts from the free throw line. But over the last three years, the Bears have proven to be one of the most accurate teams in the country. After connecting on 73.3 percent of its tries in 2006 - Cal's highest rate since 1989 - the Bears ranked third in the country in 2007 with a school-record 76.9 percent. Now, Cal is ahead of that pace, having drained 77.6 percent from the stripe, a figure that is sixth in the NCAA entering this week. The Bears were perfect from the line at Washington State (6-6) and have been over 80 percent 11 times. Individually, Jerome Randle is second in the Pac-10 at 87.7 percent, while Ryan Anderson is third (87.3%) and Patrick Christopher 10 (78.6%). But perhaps even more importantly, the Bears lead the Pac-10 in free throws made per game (16.21).
Top Free Throw Rates in School HistoryYear FT-FTA Pct1. 2007-08 389-501 .7762. 2006-07 400-520 .7693. 1986-87 513-698 .7354. 2005-06 525-716 .733
Bears Excelling from Three-Point Distance
With 10 different players having connected from three-point range this year, Cal is challenging the school record for highest percentage in a season. The Bears are making 37.5 percent of their attempts from behind the arc, which ties for the team's second-best rate ever, just behind the 38.7 percent set in 1989-90. The turning point came in the Dec. 28 game vs. Long Beach State when Cal set a school record with 16 three-pointers. Since that point, the Bears have made 114-of-283, good for 40.3 percent. Ryan Anderson has been the primary contributor (52-114, 45.6%), followed by Jerome Randle (37-90, 41.1%) and Patrick Christopher (36.3%).
Best 3-Point Percentages at Cal Most 3-Pointers per Game at CalYear 3FG-A Pct Year G 3FG Per Game1. 1989-90 196-507 38.7% 1. 2006-07 33 249 7.552. 2007-08 169-451 37.5% 2. 2007-08 24 169 7.042. 1987-88 133-355 37.5% 3. 1994-95 27 189 7.004. 2005-06 169-452 37.4% 4. 2002-03 31 198 6.395. 2002-03 198-530 37.4% 5. 1989-90 32 196 6.13
Cal Learning to Win the Close Ones
Heading into its road trip to Washington Jan. 31, Cal was 0-4 in games decided by five points or less or in overtime. But since then, the Bears have won their last four close contests, three of which came on the road - at then-No. 9 Washington State (69-64), at Washington (79-75) and at Arizona State (76-73) - plus one at home vs. Oregon State, 81-76. Cal took the lead for good at WSU on Ryan Anderson's layup with 42 seconds left., while Patrick Christopher snapped a 72-all tie with a three-pointer with 24 seconds on the clock at Washington. Against OSU, the Bears used a late 8-0 run in the final 2:19 to break open a two-point game, while Cal made 15-of-18 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to hold off the Sun Devils.
Anderson's Game Not Just about Points
Although Ryan Anderson has been piling up the points all season, scoring is not the only area where he excels. The 6-10 forward is pulling down 10.2 rpg, which rates third in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the country. He already has 12 double-doubles and has paced the Bears on the glass in 12 straight games heading into Sunday's Stanford contest. When he grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds at Oregon State Jan. 12 and followed it up with 15 more boards against Arizona State Jan. 17, Anderson became the first Cal player to have at least 15 rebounds in back-to-back contests since Brian Hendrick had 15 at Washington State and 17 vs. ASU on Feb. 1-6, 1992. Anderson later matched his personal best with 17 boards at Washington Feb. 2. In addition, Anderson is third in the Pac-10 in three-point accuracy (45.6%) and FT shooting (87.3%) and seventh in three-pointers per game (2.17).
Players Ranked in NCAA Top 25 in Scoring and ReboundingMichael Beasley, Kansas State - 25.7 ppg (4th), 12.6 rpg (1st)Arizona Reid, High Point - 23.4 ppg (7th), 11.2 rpg (5th)Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina - 22.8 ppg (10th), 10.6 rpg (12th)Ryan Anderson, California - 22.0 ppg (12th), 10.2 rpg (22nd)
Cal Posting Highest Rebound Margin since 1993
With a +3.4 rebound margin this season, Cal has its highest differential since the 1992-93 squad owned a +4.6 per game advantage on the boards. The Bears have posted double-digit advantages seven times, most recently vs. Oregon State Feb. 7 when they held a 44-32 edge. The largest margin came against Missouri Dec. 1 when Cal won the board battle, 41-20. Individually, Ryan Anderson ranks third in the Pac-10 with 10.2 per game, while DeVon Hardin is seventh in the league with 7.6 rpg. Hardin opened the year with three straight games of 14, followed by a 16-rebound effort at Nevada, to become the first Bear to grab 14 or more in four consecutive contests since Darrall Imhoff in 1959-60.
Cal's Top Rebounding Margins Last 20 YearsYear Cal Reb Opp Reb Margin1992-93 37.9 33.3 +4.62007-08 36.2 32.8 +3.41988-89 33.2 30.6 +2.61996-97 38.0 35.5 +2.5
Patrick Christopher One of Most Improved In Pac-10
After averaging 5.2 ppg and reaching double figures just four times as a freshman last year, G Patrick Christopher has shown off a new-found scoring ability this season, reaching double digits in 20 games, including 18 games of 15 or more. Now tossing in 16.3 ppg, he is scoring 11.1 ppg more than he did last year. Christopher tied his high from his freshman campaign with 24 points against Nicholls State Nov. 19, then set a personal best with 26 points vs. Jackson State Dec. 5. Christopher also paced the Bears vs. Southern Miss (19 points) in the opener, had a team-high 18 points against Missouri Dec. 1 and poured in 24 points vs. USC Jan. 3. In Cal's 79-75 win at Washington, he had 20 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 27 seconds left that broke a 72-all tie. In addition, he is grabbing 3.7 rpg, has dished out 58 assists (2.4 apg) and isshooting 78.6 percent from the free throw line. On the defensive front, he most recently drew the assignment of guarding Arizona State's James Harden and held him to just 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Bears Get Big Win in the Palouse
Cal's 69-64 win against then-No. 9 Washington State Jan. 31 represented the Bears' first over a Top 10 team in a true road game since topping then-No. 9 Arizona, 74-72, on Feb. 12, 1995, in Tucson. Cal did beat then-No. 4 UCLA, 76-69, in overtime in last year's Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals in Los Angeles, but the game was played in a neutral site at the Staples Center.
Charles Johnson to Be Inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Charles Johnson, a 6-0 guard who served as team captain for three seasons from 1969-71, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during ceremonies at the Pac-10 Tournament in March. Known as 'C.J.' he finished his Cal career with 1,025 points and pulled down more than 500 rebounds. He later played seven seasons in the NBA and won titles with the Washington Bullets and Golden State Warriors. Also inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996, Johnson passed away after a battle with cancer on June 1, 2007. Previous Cal inductees into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor are Pete Newell, Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd, Darrall Imhoff, Andy Wolfe and Russ Critchfield.
Cal Ranked No. 1 in Directors' Cup
Cal is ranked as the No. 1 athletic program in the country in the final fall U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings, marking the second year in a row the Bears have stood atop the rankings at the end of the fall seasons. Cal accumulated a total of 370 points in six sports, led by a national championship in men's water polo and an NCAA semifinal appearance in volleyball. In addition, the Bears earned points in football, men's cross country, and men's and women's soccer. The Directors' Cup measures the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country and awards points based on final national standings in a maximum of 10 NCAA-sponsored sports for both men and women. Last year, Cal also led the nation after the fall and finished ninth in the final standings. The Bears have placed in the top 10 four of the last five years, including a program-best seventh in 2006.