Cal Faces Washington in First Round of Pac-10 Tournament
March 10, 2008
California Golden Bears (15-14, 6-12) vs. Washington Huskies (16-15, 7-11)
Wednesday, March 12, 6 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
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California opens play in the Pac-10 Tournament when the ninth-seeded Golden Bears meet No. 8 seed Washington in an opening-round game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The winner earns a quarterfinal date with top seed UCLA at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Last year, Cal entered the tournament as the eighth seed and knocked off Oregon State, 70-51, behind 27 points and 15 rebounds from Ryan Anderson. Then, with Ayinde Ubaka tying his career high with 29 points, the Bears upended No. 1 seed UCLA, 76-69, in overtime to reach the semifinal round for the fourth time in six years.
Cal and Washington split their first two match-ups this year, with each team winning on the opponent's home court. Anderson scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Patrick Christopher broke a 72-all tie with a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to propel the Bears to a 79-75 victory Feb. 2 in Seattle. UW then responded with an 87-84 decision in Berkeley March 1.
Cal enters the Pac-10 Tournament coming off a pair of close losses in Los Angeles last weekend. The Bears overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 2:16 to force overtime, but fell to USC, 93-89, Thursday night. On Saturday, Josh Shipp's bucket with 1.5 seconds left spoiled Cal's upset bid in an 81-80 Bruin win.
The Bears faced the Bruins with just eight healthy scholarship players, as senior C DeVon Hardin sat out the contest with a hip flexor strain. He is expected to play vs. Washington Wednesday night.
With Hardin and F Eric Vierneisel comprising Cal's senior class and no juniors on the active roster (Theo Robertson is redshirting due to preseason hip surgery), Cal has received 82.2 percent of its scoring and 88.4 percent of its rebounding from underclassmen.
Still, the Bears lead the conference in scoring with 77.5 ppg, while they are also first in the league and second in the country in free throw shooting at 78.3 percent. Cal scored more points against UCLA (80) than any team has all year and put up 117 points vs. Jackson State back on Dec. 5, the third-highest total in school history.
Ryan Anderson: 1st Team All-Pac-10, Wooden Finalist
Sophomore F Ryan Anderson, who leads the league in scoring (21.5 ppg) and is third in rebounding (9.9 rpg) has been named to the five-player first-team All-Pac-10 squad. In addition, he is one of 24 players on the final ballot for the John R. Wooden All-America team. Both honors were announced Monday. In addition, sophomore G Patrick Christopher was chosen honorable mention All-Pac-10 and forward Harper Kamp was selected honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman.
Probable StartersPOS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 235 So 7.7 4.1Started 9 games; tied career high w/18 points at UCLA (8-12 FG) F 34 Ryan Anderson 6-10 240 So 21.5 9.91st team All-Pac-10; Wooden Award finalist; 2-time Pac-10 POWC 35 DeVon Hardin 6-11 250 Sr 9.6 7.718 points, 13 rebounds vs. UW 3/1; 34 blocks; 56.4 FG%G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 165 So 11.9 3.9 apg17 points at Arizona; Golden Bear Classic MVP; team-high 20 stealsG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 So 15.7 3.615 or more points in 20 games; 24 points at USC; HM All-Pac-10
Cal Head Coach Ben Braun
Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75), the second-winningest coach in Cal history and No. 8 among NCAA Division I active coaches, is in his 12th year in Berkeley and 31st season as a collegiate head coach. His record at Cal stands at 217-152, while his career mark - which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College - is 550-387. 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.
Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington
Washington is led in scoring and rebounding by Jon Brockman, who averages 17.6 ppg and 11.5. However, Brockman sprained an ankle in last Saturday's double-overtime loss at Washington State and is listed as day-to-day heading into the Cal game. Ryan Appleby has connected on 72 three-pointers and is shooting 39.3 percent from behind the arc. Justin Dentmon and Quincy Pondexter both contribute more than 9 ppg off the bench.
Cal-Washington Series History
The series between Cal and Washington is tied at 73-apiece after the teams split their regular-season meetings this year. Patrick Christopher's three-pointer with 24 seconds left broke a 72-all tie on Feb. 2 in Seattle, helping the Bears to a 79-75 victory. Ryan Anderson added 33 points and 17 rebounds for Cal. In the rematch in Berkeley, UW prevailed, 87-84, despite 18 points and 13 rebounds from DeVon Hardin and a career-best 20 points and seven boards from Eric Vierneisel. Cal and Washington have not previously played in the Pac-10 Tournament.
UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar is 119-70 in his sixth season at Washington. He has guided the Huskies to three NCAA Tournaments, including a pair of appearances in the Sweet 16. Romar was also 42-44 at Pepperdine (1997-99) and 51-44 at Saint Louis (2000-02).
Probable StartersPos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 21 Artem Wallace 6-8 250 Jr 3.1 2.6F 40 Jon Brockman 6-7 255 Jr 17.6 11.5G 1 Venoy Overton 5-11 180 Fr 4.9 2.0G 4 Tim Morris 6-4 210 Sr 7.1 3.7G 20 Ryan Appleby 6-3 170 Sr 11.5 1.2
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Golden Bear Notes
Last Game: Late Shot Lifts UCLA over Cal, 81-80
Josh Shipp's floater from the baseline with 1.5 seconds left provided the winning margin, as UCLA (#3 AP/#2 ESPN/USA Today) edged Cal, 81-80, last Saturday in Los Angeles. The Bears, who led by as many as 11 points in the contest, took an 80-76 lead on a pair of Jerome Randle free throws with 31 seconds left. Kevin Love followed with a three-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock to bring the Bruins within one point. On the ensuing inbounds pass, a pair of Bruins contested Ryan Anderson, and officials ruled the ball bounced out of bounds off Anderson, setting up UCLA's final play. Jamal Boykin tied his career high with 18 points, while the Bears' 56.0 percent shooting was their highest for a Pac-10 game during the season.
Ryan Anderson First Bear to 500-250 Club Twice
With 623 points and 288 rebounds this season, sophomore F Ryan Anderson has become the first player in school history to register at least 500 points and 250 rebounds in a season twice. He already has more rebounds than any Cal player since Mark McNamara had 341 in 1982, and with 12 more boards, he will become the first Bear ever to have 600 points and 300 rebounds in one year. As a freshman last season, Anderson finished with 539 points and 269 boards. In school history, only four others Bears have managed to pull off the feat once: Leonard Taylor in 1987 (649 points, 270 rebounds), Mark McNamara in 1982 (593-341), Ansley Truitt in 1972 (544-382) and Leon Powe in 2006 (553-273).
Pac-10 Tournament Schedule
The 11th Pac-10 Tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. All games during the first three days will be televised live by Fox Sports Net, while the championship contest will be on CBS.
Wednesday, March 12Game 1: #8 Washington (16-15, 7-11) vs. #9 California (15-14, 6-12) 6:00 p.m. FSNGame 2: #7 Arizona (18-13, 8-10) vs. #10 Oregon State (6-24, 0-18) 8:30 p.m. FSN
Thursday, March 13Game 3: #4 USC (20-10, 11-7) vs. #5 Arizona State (19-11, 9-9) 12:00 noon FSNGame 4: #1 UCLA (28-3, 16-2) vs. Game 1 winner 2:30 p.m. FSNGame 5: #3 Washington State (23-7, 11-7) vs. #6 Oregon (18-12, 9-9) 6:00 p.m. FSNGame 6: #2 Stanford (24-6, 13-5) vs. Game 2 winner 8:30 p.m. FSN
Friday, March 14Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 6:00 p.m. FSNGame 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 8:30 p.m. FSN
Saturday, March 15Championship: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 3:00 p.m. CBS
Cal's Pac-10 Tournament History
Cal owns an 8-10 all-time record in the Pac-10 Tournament, and the Bears have won at least two games both of the past two years. Behind tournament MVP Leon Powe in 2006, Cal defeated USC, 82-67, in the quarterfinals and Oregon, 91-87, in double overtime in the semis to advance to final for the first time, where the Bears lost to UCLA, 71-52. Last year, eighth-seeded Cal upended Oregon State, 70-51, in the first round, then surprised top-seeded and fourth-ranked UCLA, 76-69, in overtime before falling to Oregon, 81-63. Ryan Anderson, who contributed 20.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg, was named to the '07 all-tournament team. The Bears have reached at least the semifinal round four times since 2002.
Cal's Record vs. Opponents in Pac-10 TournamentArizona 0-3 L, 88-64 (1988); L, 90-78 (2002); L, 88-63 (2005)Oregon 1-2 L, 87-82 (2004); W, 91-87 2OT (2006); L, 81-63 (2007)Oregon St. 3-1 W, 64-57 (1987); L, 79-66 (1989); W, 69-46 (2003); W, 70-51 (2007)Stanford 0-1 L, 77-61 (1990)UCLA 2-2 L, 75-68 (1987); W, 67-61 (2002); L, 71-52 (2006); W, 76-69 OT (2007)USC 2-1 W, 75-59 (1988); L, 79-62 (2003); W, 82-67 (2006)
Cal Posting Highest Rebound Margin since 1993
With a +3.2 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. In the Feb. 24 game at Stanford, the Bears became the first Pac-10 team to outrebound the Cardinal, finishing with a 39-33 count. Individually, Ryan Anderson ranks third in the Pac-10 with 9.9 per game, while DeVon Hardin is seventh in the league with 7.7 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 36.0 32.8 +3.21988-89 33.2 30.6 +2.61996-97 38.0 35.5 +2.5
Anderson Could Be Cal's 7th Pac-10 Scoring Champ since '94
Now contributing 21.5 ppg (18th NCAA) 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 Wednesday's Washington game having reached double figures in 32 straight contests, and he has scored 20 or more points 16 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 21.5 ppg (leads Pac-10)
Cal Among NCAA Free Throw Leaders Again, Now No. 2
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 78.3 percent from the stripe, a figure that is second best in the NCAA entering the Washington game. The Bears were perfect from the line at Washington State (6-6) and have been 80 percent or higher 14 times. Individually, Ryan Anderson is 17th in the country at 88.4 percent, while Jerome Randle is connecting on 85.7 percent of his attempts. Perhaps more importantly, Cal is getting to the line with significantly more frequency than last season, averaging 20.6 trips per game compared to 15.8 visits in 2006-07.
Top Free Throw Rates in School HistoryYear FT-FTA Pct1. 2007-08 468-598 .7832. 2006-07 400-520 .7693. 1986-87 513-698 .7354. 2005-06 525-716 .733
NCAA Free Throw Leaders (as of 3/11/08)1. Utah State 503-634 .7932. California 468-598 .7833. IUPUI 475-608 .7814. UC Davis 401-515 .7795. Florida State 498-643 .774
Bears Pouring in the Points, Could Lead Pac-10 for 1st Time
Now averaging 77.5 ppg, Cal leads the Pac-10 and has its highest scoring rate since the 1994-95 squad poured in 79.9 ppg. This year's output also represents a 8.0 ppg increase over last season, when the Bears averaged 69.5 ppg. Cal has scored at least 90 points four times, including a pair of games over 100, and 80 or more on nine 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 has never led the Pac-10 in scoring for a full season.
Hardin, Vierneisel Shine on Senior Day
In their final game in Haas Pavilion, senior DeVon Hardin and Eric Vierneisel came through with the best combined outing of their careers vs. Washington March 1. Hardin matched his season best with 18 points (including 16 in the first half) and grabbed 13 rebounds - his highest total since snaring 16 at Nevada on Nov. 28. Vierneisel, meanwhile, established personal bests for both points (20) and rebounds (7). He shot 5-for-5 from behind the arc, tying the school record for most three-pointers made without a miss (also Amit Tamir vs. Arizona State, March 3, 2003). Since beginning the year 3-for-25 from the floor and 1-for-16 from three-point range, Vierneisel has gone 42-for-95 (44.2%), including 23-for-60 on treys (38.3%). In Pac-10 games, he paced the Bears from behind the arc at 41.2 percent (19-46).
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 Wednesday's action tied for 22nd all-time with 1,162 points. Only two other Bears scored 1,000 points in their 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. Anderson's total of 1,141 points is the third-highest two-season figure in Cal history when considering all years played.
Most Points Freshman-Sophomore Seasons at CalName Frosh Soph Total1. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 539 623 11622. Brian Hendrick (1990-91) 478 492 9703. Leon Powe (2004, 06) 409 553 962
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 59.0 ppg, or 76.1 percent of Cal's total. The team's top three scorers are all sophomores, led by Ryan Anderson's 21.5 ppg. He is followed by Patrick Christopher with 15.7 ppg and Jerome Randle with 11.9 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. Including Cal's freshmen, the Bears are getting 82.2 percent of their points and 88.4 percent of their rebounds from underclassmen.
Cal Production by Class Points (Avg.) Rebounds (Avg.) Assists (Avg.)Senior 399 (13.8) 273 (9.4) 76 (2.6)Junior 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)Sophomore 1710 (59.0) 622 (21.4) 336 (11.6)Freshman 138 (4.8) 77 (2.7) 30 (1.0)
DeVon Hardin Holds Down No. 2 Block Spot
With 129 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 34 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 56.4 percent from the floor, which ranks eighth in the Pac-10, tossing in 9.6 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.
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 22 games, including 20 games of 15 or more. Now tossing in 15.7 ppg, he is scoring 10.5 ppg more than he did last year - the highest increase for any Pac-10 player this 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 on both Jan. 3 and March 6. 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 3.6 rpg, has dished out 62 assists (2.1 apg) and is shooting 79.6 percent from the free throw line. Christopher has started 28 of 29 games, having come off the bench vs. Washington March 1 due to a bruised hip suffered against Washington State Feb. 28.
Jerome Randle Has a Handle on Point Guard Duties
Very quietly, sophomore G Jerome Randle has had his name pop up among Pac-10 leaders in five separate categories: scoring (20th, 11.9 ppg), assists (9th, 3.93 apg), three-point shooting (10th, 40.7%), free throw shooting (3rd, 85.7%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (10th, 1.39). The final stat reflects a remarkable turnaround for Randle, who had 10 turnovers vs. Missouri and nine turnovers at Kansas State in December. Outside of those two games, he has 101 assists against just 57 turnovers, while he rates fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio for Pac-10 games only (1.83). Randle has also been at his best late in games, having connected on 21-of-22 free throws (95.5%) in the final two minutes or overtime this year. He missed the first two games of the season recovering from a kidney biopsy performed Oct. 29, a procedure that revealed a mild inflammation that can be treated in medication. In his first game back, Randle scored 21 points vs. San Diego State. He later was named MVP of the Golden Bear Classic after scoring a career-best 26 points in the championship game vs. North Dakota State. In Pac-10 action, he dished out a personal-high nine assists in a 92-82 win over USC and tallied a best of 17 points in back-to-back games vs. Oregon and at Arizona.
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 9.9 rpg, which rates third in the Pac-10 and 20th in the NCAA. He has 14 double-doubles and paced the Bears on the glass 13 straight games from Jan. 5 (UCLA) through Feb. 24 (at Stanford). 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. His total of 557 rebounds is the fifth-highest two-year total at Cal, and the four ahead of him all did it in their junior and senior seasons. In addition, Anderson is second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (88.4%, 17th in NCAA), eighth in three-point accuracy (41.0%) and ninth in three-pointers per game (1.97).
Most Rebounds in Back-to-Back Seasons at CalName Best 2 Years 1st Year 2nd Year Total1. Ansley Truitt 1971-72 306 382 6882. Bob Presley 1968-69 347 282 6293. Darrall Imhoff 1959-60 318 371 6894. Mark McNamara 1981-82 272 341 6135. Ryan Anderson 2007-08 269 288 557
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 O in last year's Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals, 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 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.