No. 22 Bears Visit Stanford Riding Nine-Game Winning Streak
Jan. 13, 2009
Opening Pac-10 play in first place at 4-0 and winners of its last nine in a row, No. 22 California (15-2, 4-0) travels to The Farm for a matchup with Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. The Golden Bears, who are ranked in the AP's Top 25 for the first time since 2003, left Washington with two hard-fought victories last weekend. They survived a triple-overtime thriller against the Huskies and outlasted Washington State in a low-scoring, defensive struggle.
Patrick Christopher continues to be red hot at the start of conference play, posting four consecutive 20- point performances and leading the Bears in scoring in three of them. He tallied a career-best 27 points and tied his career high in rebounds (11) against Washington. Christopher is currently averaging 16.1 ppg, which is second best among the Bears. He is also second on the team in rebounds with 68, averaging 4.0 per game.
After getting off to a sluggish start against the Huskies, Jerome Randle got it going when the Bears needed him most. Randle finished with 23 points, including nailing a clutch three-pointer toward the end of regulation to send the contest into extra periods. Randle paces the squad with 19.1 ppg and has led the Bears in 12 of 17 games. He is dishing out 4.9 apg and owns a team-best 14 steals.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on just under half of their attempts (48.3%). Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 59.3 percent (min 1.5 made per game). In addition, Cal's field goal percentage has been at least 50.0 percent in five of its last seven games.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 64.5 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held six opponents to shooting less than 40.0 percent this season, with Washington shooting just over 40.0 percent at 40.6.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 9.2 6.1Double-double and career best in rebounds (14) at Washington StateF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 12.2 3.8No. 1 in the nation in three-point shooting (min 1.5 made per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Jr 4.4 3.8Tied his career high with 11 points against DartmouthG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 19.1 4.9 apgEarned ninth 20-point performance with 23 at WashingtonG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 16.1 4.0Four consecutive 20-point performances, including 27 at UW
Cal Head Coach Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery, one of the most successful coaches in the collegiate game, is in his first season overseeing the California program. He has a 15-2 record with the Golden Bears and a 562-246 (.695) overall mark that includes eight years at Montana and 18 seasons at Stanford. Montgomery has coached teams to one NIT title (1991), four Pac-10 regularseason crowns (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004) and one Pac-10 Tournament title (2004), as well as the 1998 NCAA Final Four. He was named the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2000 and is a four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004). Montgomery was introduced as Cal's 15th head coach on April 5, 2008.
Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford
After finishing the nonconference portion of its season undefeated, Stanford has been in a bit of an unlucky slump in the opening weeks of Pac-10 play. The Cardinal was handed back-toback one-point losses last week in Washington. Anthony Goods has been Stanford's leading scorer thus far, averaging 17.1 ppg. He put up 15 against Washington State and 19 against Washington last weekend.
Stanford won both contests last year, including a 79-69 decision when these teams met at Stanford last season. The last win for the Bears at Maples Pavilion came on Jan. 3, 2007, as Theo Robertson played all 40 minutes, Patrick Christopher scored eight points and Jerome Randle dished out two assists to help give Cal a 67-63 victory. Cal leads the alltime series, 139-112.
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
Johnny Dawkins arrived on The Farm after completing 11 years as a member of the Duke coaching staff. For the last nine seasons (2000-08), Dawkins served as the Blue Devils' associate head coach. He began his coaching career as an assistant during the 1998-99 campaign.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 15 Lawrence Hill 6-8 220 Sr 13.9 6.3C 34 Will Paul 6-10 250 So 3.4 1.2G 1 Mitch Johnson 6-1 185 Sr 7.8 2.1G 2 Landry Fields 6-7 210 Jr 11.4 6.5G 4 Anthony Goods 6-3 200 Sr 17.1 3.8
Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Cal Survives Three-Overtime Thriller at Washington
In a triple-overtime thriller, Cal emerged victorious for the second straight season at Bank of America Arena with an 88-85 win over the Huskies. Patrick Christopher tallied a careerbest 27 points and tied his career best in rebounds with 11. It was Cal's fourth doubledouble of the season. Jerome Randle nailed a three-pointer at the end of regulation, part of his 23 points on the day, to send the game into overtime, while D.J. Seeley made a huge basket followed by a game-tying free throw at the end of the second overtime. Finally, Theo Robertson's free throw with 15 seconds left proved to be the gamewinner.
All-Junior Lineup for Bears
With no seniors on the roster, Cal has to look to its junior class for veteran leadership this season, and the Bears are getting just that with an all-junior starting lineup. Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher combined as Cal's starting backcourt virtually all of last year, and the pair is teaming up again in 2008-09. Junior F Jamal Boykin started in 11 of the Bears' final 15 games last season, while Theo Robertson started all 33 games in 2006-07 before missing '07-08 with a hip injury. Only junior C Jordan Wilkes had not had a start prior to this year.
Hot Shots: Jerome Randle Lighting Up the Nets
Jerome Randle, who averaged 11.8 ppg last season, is pouring in 19.1 ppg this year to lead the Bears. He has nine 20-point efforts so far, exceeding his career total of three 20- point games during his first two seasons in the program. He has paced Cal in scoring 12 times in 17 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. Florida State Nov. 29 and vs. Arizona State. Randle is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and has made 49.4 percent of his three-point attempts (39-for-79). In addition, he is 93-for-107 at the free throw line (86.9%).
Cal's Best Start Since 1959-60
At 15-2, the Bears are off to their best start since the 1959-60 campaign, when head coach Pete Newell's charges were 12-1 on Jan. 9 en route to a 28-2 finish as the NCAA runnerup, losing to Ohio State in the championship. The lone regular-season loss was on Jan. 2 at USC. The 1959-60 team had winning streaks of nine and 19 straight games.
Hot Shots, Part Trey
Cal is ranked first nationally in three-point shooting, having connected on 48.3 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 59.3 percent (min 1.5 made per game) As a team, the Bears have made more than half their attempts a number of times this season, including a 7-for-10 effort at UNLV, an 8-for- 12 performance against San Francisco, 7-for-11 at Utah and 7-for-12 against Nevada. In addition to Robertson, Jerome Randle (49.4 percent), Jamal Boykin (3-for-4) and reserve Eddie Miller (4-for-5) are also shooting well from long distance. On the defensive side of the ball, when the Bears beat Arizona on Jan. 2, the Wildcats were ranked second in the nation before Cal's defense held the Wildcats to just three three-pointers in 13 attempts.
NCAA Three-Point Percentage Leaders (as of 1/13/09)
1. California .483 ( 111/230 )2. Oklahoma State .422 ( 158/374 )3. Air Force .418 ( 102/244 )4. Cornell .413 ( 121/293 )5. Notre Dame .413 ( 138/334 )
Harper's Heating Up
Sophomore F Harper Kamp has been an important factor in Cal's current nine-game winning streak. On Jan. 2 against Arizona, Kamp posted career bests in rebounds (7) and assists (5). The Mesa, Ariz., native is currently averaging 3.6 ppg. In the first game of the winning streak, Kamp had a huge game against Utah on Dec. 10. Kamp posted a seasonbest 12 points, jumping up from averaging 1.4 ppg to 2.6. In 27 minutes of play, Kamp was 5-for-10 from the floor and collected three rebounds. For the second time this season, Kamp led Cal in rebounds against Arizona State with six. He currently averages 3.6 rpg.
Theo Robertson Returns to the Lineup
Theo Robertson is back in the starting lineup after missing all of last year due to preseason hip surgery. Halfway into the 2008-09 campaign, it seems the 6-5 wing is playing as well as ever. He is averaging 12.2 ppg, scoring in double figures 13 times in 17 games, and shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 59.3 percent from three-point distance, which ranks him first in the nation (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson soared to a career-high 23 points - 19 in the first half - vs. San Francisco on Nov. 18, and swished all 10 of his points against Nevada on Dec. 20 in the final seven minutes of the contest, helping Cal seal the victory. Against Washington last Saturday, he tied his career best with nine rebounds, and also swished the game-winning free throw in the third overtime.
Bears Shooting Well, Containing Opponents
Cal is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation in field goal shooting at 49.2 percent. In five of its last seven contests, Cal has shot at least 50.0 percent. The Bears aren't just getting it done offensively, as their defense has been stingy toward their opponents. San Francisco is the only team this season to shoot 50.0 percent against the Bears, and Cal has also held six opponents to under 40.0 percent. In last Thursday's contest at Washington State, the Bears held the Cougars to just 50 points, the third lowest point total that Cal has allowed this season. When the Bears and Arizona met on Jan. 2, Cal held the Wildcats to just 55 points. Cal is also ranked No. 18 in assist-turnover ratio at 1.31. The Bears have had single-digit turnovers in six of their last nine games.
Bears Enjoy Nine-Game Winning Streak
Cal is currently riding a nine-game winning streak, on which the Bears went 5-1 in the month of December and have opened Pac-10 play at 4-0 for the first time since the 2002- 03 season, when they won their first seven conference games. The winning streak is the longest since 2003. Within the streak, Cal knocked off then-No. 17 Arizona State, 81-71, captured its 11th Golden Bear Classic championship with wins over Dartmouth and Portland, survived a triple overtime game at Washington and escaped Utah and Washington State with a couple of hard-fought road wins. Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher have each earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Christopher twice) for their performances during the winning streak. Christopher has four 20-point performances to his credit in the Bears' last four contests. Jamal Boykin has also collected two doubledoubles and a new career high in rebounds (14) at Washington State.
Gutierrez Quietly Making an Impact
The hustle of freshman G Jorge Gutierrez has been paying off on the scoresheets as of late. Gutierrez earned a season-best three steals and also tied his season best in assists with four at Utah on Dec. 10. He also tallied four assists against Texas-Pan American on Nov. 20 and at Washington on Jan. 10. Gutierrez is fifth on the Bears in scoring and tied for second in steals in 18.3 minutes per game of playing time. In 23 minutes of play against Nevada on Dec. 20, Gutierrez posted four points, three rebounds and two assists. He notched eight points against Colgate on Dec. 22 with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Wilkes' Presence Felt as Smaller of the 7-Footers
Jordan Wilkes, the other half of Cal's tandem of 7-footers, is putting up career numbers so far in 2008-09, notching career highs in rebounds (10 vs. DePaul), blocks (2 vs. North Carolina A&T), and tying his career best in points (11 vs. Dartmouth). Wilkes tied his thenseason- best point total against Colgate on Dec. 22, putting up eight points. The brother of former Cal guard Omar Wilkes and son of NBA great Jamaal Wilkes has also spent his most time on the floor this season, at 18.3 mpg.
Boykin Boosts Bears on Boards
Jamal Boykin has emerged as Cal's most consistent rebounder this season, averaging 6.1 per game. He has paced the Bears on the glass eight times in the last 15 games, with a new career high of 14 at Washington State last Thursday. Not only does Boykin have a team-high 66 defensive rebounds, but he also owns a team-best 38 offense boards. On Dec. 10, Boykin led the Bears on the glass with a team-high six rebounds against at Utah.
Jerome Randle Aiming to Stay Hot at the Line
Already Cal's all-time leader in career free throw percentage entering the season, Jerome Randle is connecting at an even higher clip in 2008-09. Over his first two years in the program, Randle was a combined 115-for-136 (84.6%), which ranked just ahead of Michael Chavez, who was 198-for-235 (84.3%) at the stripe from 1980-83. This season, though, Randle has made 93-for-107 free throw attempts (86.9%). Three times this season Randle has been perfect at the line when having more than five shots. He went 8-for-8 vs. Arizona State, 7-for-7 against Nevada and 6-for-6 against USF on Nov. 18.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 85.5% 208-2432. Michael Chavez (1980-83) 84.3% 198-2353. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 84.1% 276-3284. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 83.7% 190-2275. Bill Duwe (1969-72) 81.6% 120-147
Around the League
Darren Collison scored 18 points, Nikola Dragovic added 14 in his first start of the season and No. 10 UCLA held off Southern California, 64-60, Sunday night to win its ninth in a row...Chase Budinger continued to work his way out of a shooting slump and tallied 24 points to help lead Arizona to a weekend Pac-10 sweep with a 64-47 victory over visiting Oregon State...the 20th-ranked Sun Devils romped to a 76-58 victory over Oregon behind Derek Glasser's 15 points and career-high 11 assists, and James Harden scored 19 points for the Sun Devils, whose three conference wins have come by an average of 26 points.... Freshman Klay Thompson ignited Washington State's second-half rally, as senior Taylor Rochestie hit a running 10-footer with 17 seconds left, and freshman DeAngelo Casto stuffed Anthony Goods' layup attempt with seven seconds left as the Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 55-54 win over Stanford...on Sunday night, UCLA.
Bears Make Top 25 for the First Time in Six Years
For the first time in six years, the California men's basketball team has made both the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches polls. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll. The last time Cal was in the rankings was during the 2002-03 season, when the Bears were No. 24 heading into the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament.
Christopher is Four for Four
In his last four games, the first four in Pac-10 play, Patrick Christopher has been on a roll. Christopher, a back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree this season, has posted four consecutive 20-point performances, including a career-high 27-point outing at Washington last Saturday. He also tied his career best in rebounds against the Huskies with 11. In a game that went three overtimes, Christopher was playing with four fouls from the end of regulation and still played strongly defensively, as well. Within those four conference games, Christopher has nailed 12 three-pointers and averaged 23.0 ppg, both of which are Pac-10 bests.
The Max Factor: Center Stands Tall in the Middle
Redshirt-freshman C Max Zhang may be playing just 4.8 minutes per game, but he is making his presence felt with a team-leading 12 blocks so far. The tallest player in school history at 7-3, Zhang had a pair of blocks vs. Texas-Pan American, then swatted away three shots in the second half vs. North Carolina A&T and three more in the first half at UNLV. He added two blocks against Portland in the final of the Golden Bear Classic.
Cal Earns Best Pre-Jan. 1 Win Mark
Having completed the nonconference portion of its schedule with an 11-2 mark, Cal recorded double-digit pre-New Year's Day victories for the first time since the 1947-48 season, when the Bears were 10-3 before the New Year.
Montgomery Off to Quick Start at Cal
Head coach Mike Montgomery became the first Cal coach in 48 years to win his first five games directing the program. The Bears opened with victories over Pacific, San Francisco, Texas-Pan American, North Carolina A&T and UNLV before falling by three points to Florida State. The last coach to accomplish the five-game feat was Rene Herrerias, who began 5-0 in 1960-61 as the successor to Pete Newell.
Bears Begin with Five 10-Point Wins for First Time in 82 Years
Cal won each of its first five games by at least 10 points for the first time since the 1926-27 season. The Bears opened with a 68-56 victory over Pacific and followed with decisions over San Francisco (87-74), Texas-Pan American (85-58) and North Carolina A&T (82-47). Cal then stopped UNLV's home winning streak at 19 games with a 73-55 triumph.
Former Great Darrall Imhoff to Have No. 40 Jersey Retired
Former University of California center Darrall Imhoff, who helped the Golden Bears to the 1959 NCAA championship and was a member of the gold medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic team, will have his number 40 jersey retired in a halftime ceremony Feb. 14 when Cal hosts Stanford in Haas Pavilion. The event will be part of a special celebration at the game commemorating the 100th season of Golden Bear basketball, as well as recognition of the 50th anniversary of Cal's national title. A standout for the Bears from 1958-60, Imhoff was named a second-team All-American as a junior and a first-team All-American his senior year. He was also a two-time first-team all-conference selection and was selected Cal's Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1960. Imhoff, a 6-10 center from San Gabriel, Calif., was a part of three conference championship squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Pete Newell. The 1958 team reached the regional final, where it lost in overtime to Seattle, before reaching the Final Four the next two years.
Nibs Price to Be Inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Clarence Merle 'Nibs' Price will be Cal's inductee into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during the conference basketball tournament in March. Price, who graduated from Cal in 1914, is the school's all-time winningest basketball coach, having guided the Bears to a 449-294 record from 1924-54. His teams won eight Pacific Coast Conference championships in addition to capturing 12 Southern Division crowns. He led the Bears to 29 consecutive wins over one three-year stretch, including a pair of undefeated seasons, going 14-0 in 1925-26 and 13-0 in 1926-67. Price's 1945-46 squad finished 30-6 overall, setting a Cal record for most wins in a season and advancing to the NCAA Final Four, where the Bears placed fourth. He also served as Cal's football coach from 1926-30 and led the Bears to the 1929 Rose Bowl. Previous Cal inductees into the Hall of Honor are Pete Newell (2002), Kevin Johnson (2003), Jason Kidd (2004), Darrall Imhoff (2005), Andy Wolfe (2006), Russ Critchfield (2007) and Charles Johnson (2008).
Bears Sign Bak Bak, Sanders-Frison
Cal signed two players to National Letters of Intent in November, adding 6-10, 200-pound forward Bak Bak out of Village Christian HS in Sun Valley, Calif., and 6-8, 265-pound center Markurhi Sanders-Frison from South Plains CC in Levelland, Texas, to the 2009-10 roster. Originally from Sudan and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Bak spent last summer playing with the Double Pump AAU team. After moving to the United States, he attended the American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., for 2006-07, but did not play basketball. Bak then relocated to California in the fall of 2007, sitting out last season as a transfer at Valley Christian HS. Sanders-Frison attended Jefferson HS in Portland, Ore., where he averaged 10 ppg and 8 rpg, helping the team to three city titles. Last year, he helped Eastern Arizona College to a 30-6 record and contributed 10 ppg and 10 rpg.
100th Season of Cal Men's Basketball
California is celebrating the 100th season of Golden Bear men's basketball this year. Over the course of its first century of play, Cal has had its fair share of highlights - an NCAA championship in 1959, three Final Four appearances (1946, 1959, 1960) and an NIT title in 1999. The Bears have advanced to postseason 48 times, with the majority of those appearances in the last 25 years. Among the top names to pass through the Cal program include Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell; Olympic champions Darrall Imhoff, Jason Kidd and Shareef Abdur-Rahim; perennial NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson; and four Pac-10 Players of the Year (Kidd '94, Abdur-Rahim '96, Ed Gray '97, Sean Lampley '01). The Bears will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their NCAA title run. Led by allconference guards Al Buch and Denny Fitzpatrick and All-America center Imhoff, Cal defeated Oscar Robinson's Cincinnati squad, 64-58, in the national semifinals and then edged Jerry West's West Virginia team, 71-70, for the national crown. Cal will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1959 championship with a special ceremony during the Feb. 14, 2009, game vs. Stanford, which will include recognition of all Golden Bear basketball alumni who have contributed to Cal's history.
Remembering Hall of Famer Pete Newell
Pete Newell, one of the basketball's most respected and beloved figures who led California to the 1959 NCAA title, passed away on Monday, Nov. 17 after a long illness. He was 93. Head coach of the Golden Bears from 1954-60, Newell guided Cal to four consecutive conference crowns (1957-60) and was voted National Coach of the Year in 1960. He finished his Cal career with a 119-44 record, which included an NCAA runner-up finish in '60 in addition to the 1959 title. Newell also led the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal at the 1960 Games in Rome with a squad that featured former Cal center Darrall Imhoff as well as such future NBA standouts as Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. He later served as Cal's Director of Athletics from 1960-68. On Dec. 21, 1987, the playing surface at Harmon Gym (now Haas Pavilion) was renamed 'Pete Newell Court' in his honor. A statue of Newell, created by renowned sculptor Eino, was installed in the Haas Pavilion Club Room in the fall of 2006. Newell was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978 and enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame a year later. Newell, who guided San Francisco to the 1949 National Invitation Tournament title, is one of only three men to have captured the 'Triple Crown' of coaching - NIT, NCAA and Olympic gold medal (also Bob Knight, Dean Smith).