Bears Head to Southern California to Face UCLA and USC
Jan. 27, 2009
California Golden Bears (16-4, 5-2) at No. 17 UCLA Bruins (14-4, 5-2)
Thursday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
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California Golden Bears at USC Trojans (13-5, 4-3)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m., Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
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California (16-4, 5-2) heads back on the road to Southern California this week to tangle with No. 17 UCLA (14-4, 5-2) and USC (13-5, 4-3). The Golden Bears are in a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10. They will face one of the other teams tied for second, UCLA, on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Cal and USC will play on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8:30 p.m. at the Galen Center.
Jamal Boykin has put together three strong performances for the Bears in the past two weeks. Most recently, against Oregon last Saturday, he came up one rebound shy of his fourth double-double of the season. He finished with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Boykin is currently averaging a team-best 6.5 rpg and 10.4 ppg.
Jerome Randle continues to pace the squad with 19.0 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 14 of 20 games. He is dishing out 5.2 apg and stands second on the team in steals with 16. Against the Ducks, Randle posted 22 points and five assists. Randle is now 10th all-time in career assists in school history with 313. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) is ninth with 318. Randle is also currently in ninth for career three-point field goals made with 125. Randle is also getting close to 1,000 career points, currently standing at 957. Patrick Christopher may get there sooner as his current career point total is 987.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 46.9 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 55.2 percent (min 1.5 made per game). In addition, Cal's field goal percentage is currently the top-ranked in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation (49.7). The Bears have shot at least 50.0 percent in seven of their last 10 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 65.5 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, and only three teams were able to shoot 50.0 or higher against Cal.
The Cal-UCLA game will be televised on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The Cal-USC contest on Saturday will be televised on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet California.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 10.4 6.5Earned third double-double against Oregon StateF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 12.0 4.0No. 1 in the nation in three-point shooting (min 1.5 made per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Jr 4.4 3.6Tied his career high with 11 points against DartmouthG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 19.0 5.2 apgEarned 11th 20-point performance with 22 vs. OregonG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 15.6 3.9Tallied a career-best three steals, and added 13 points vs. Oregon
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 16-4 record with the Golden Bears and a 563-248 (.694) 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 regular-season 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.
UCLA Scouting Report
A Look at UCLA
After enjoying a 10-game winning streak, UCLA welcomes Cal as losers of its last two out of three. The Bruins lost to Arizona State in overtime, 61-58, and fell to Washington last Saturday in Seattle, 86-75. UCLA is 9-1 at home this year, losing to Michigan on Nov. 20, 55-52.
Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA won all three meetings against Cal last season, including a second-round matchup in the Pac-10 Tournament. The last time the Bears beat the Bruins occurred in the 2007 conference tournament when the Bears emerged victorious in overtime, 76-69. UCLA leads the all-time series, 129-94.
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
Entering his sixth year as the UCLA head coach in 2008-09, Ben Howland has led the Bruins to back-to-back-to-back Pac-10 titles (2006-08) and back-to-back-to-back Final Four appearances (2006-08). He has won more games in a three-year span (97 from 2006-08) than any other coach in UCLA history. UCLA finished last year with an overall record of 35-4 and a 16-2 mark in the Pac-10.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 03 Josh Shipp 6-5 220 Sr 12.4 2.9F 41 Nikola Dragovic 6-9 216 Jr 7.9 3.3C 12 Alfred Aboya 6-9 245 Sr 8.7 5.3G 02 Darren Collison 6-0 160 Sr 14.4 2.5G 21 Jrue Holiday 6-3 180 Fr 9.4 3.8
For more information: www.uclabruins.com
USC Scouting Report
A Look at USC
The Trojans have won three of their last four, including a 46-44 victory at Washington State last Saturday. USC is 10-1 at home this season with the only loss at the Galen Center coming against UCLA, 64-60.
Cal-USC Series History
The Bears and Trojans split the season series last year, with the home team winning each contest. Cal knocked off then-No. 22 USC in the Pac-10 opener last season, 82-72. Patrick Christopher led the Bears with 24 points, while Jerome Randle collected 16. The Trojans got even in Los Angeles later in the year, prevailing 93-89 in overtime. Cal leads the all-time series, 125-116.
USC Head Coach Tim Floyd
Tim Floyd is in his fourth season at USC and 21st season of head coaching at the collegiate and NBA levels. In 2007-08, he led USC to a 21-12 record and into the NCAA Tournament after finishing tied for third in the Pac-10 with an 11-7 record. During his first three seasons with the Trojans, he guided USC to 63 wins, more victories than any other three-year stretch in school history.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 05 Nikola Vucevic 6-10 220 Fr 2.0 1.8F 22 Taj Gibson 6-9 225 Jr 14.7 10.4F 23 Keith Wilkinson 6-10 225 Sr 3.8 3.3G 10 DeMar DeRozan 6-7 220 Fr 12.3 5.2G 13 Daniel Hackett 6-5 215 Jr 11.5 4.2
For more information: www.usctrojans.com
Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Bears Get Back on Track, Beat Ducks
The Bears shot 66.7 percent in their 76-69 victory over Oregon last Saturday, which is the highest percentage in any Pac-10 contest this season. Jamal Boykin finished with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. It was the 10th time this season that he has led the Bears on the boards. Jerome Randle tallied his 11th 20-point outing of the season, the team's 18th, with his 22 points on the day. Randle also added five assists and is now 10th all-time in career assists in school history with 313. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) is ninth with 318. Patrick Christopher chipped in 13 points and a career-best three steals.
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 19.0 ppg this year to lead the Bears. He has 11 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 14 times in 20 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. Florida State Nov. 29 and vs. Arizona State. Randle is shooting 52.5 percent from the floor and has made 47.5 percent of his three-point attempts (47-for-99). In addition, he is 102-for-117 at the free throw line (87.2%).
Hot Shots, Part Trey
Cal is ranked first nationally in three-point shooting, having connected on 46.9 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 55.2 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 (47.5 percent), Patrick Christopher (42.3) Jamal Boykin (3-for-5) and reserve Eddie Miller (4-for-5) are also shooting well from long distance. In addition, against Oregon State on Jan. 22, Randle moved into ninth all-time on the school's career list for three-point field goals made with 123. He currently stands at 125. 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 1/25/09)
1. California .469 ( 130/277 )2. Oklahoma State .415 ( 185/446 )3. Austin Peay .411 ( 144/350 )4. Cornell .410 ( 143/349 )5. IPFW .408 ( 135/331 )
Bears Enjoy Nine-Game Winning Streak
Cal recently enjoyed a nine-game winning streak, on which the Bears went 5-1 in the month of December and 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 was the longest since a 19-game winning streak in 1959-60. 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 each earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Christopher twice) for their performances during the winning streak. Christopher had four 20-point performances to his credit, and Jamal Boykin collected two double-doubles 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 tied for fifth on the Bears in scoring (4.4 pgg) and third in steals with 15 in 18.0 minutes per game of playing time. 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 then-season-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 started every game thus far this season.
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 102-for-117 free throw attempts (87.2%). Four 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, 6-for-6 vs. Oregon and 6-for-6 against USF on Nov. 18.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 85.7% 217-2532. 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
Bears Make Top 25 for the First Time in Six Years
For the first time in six years, the California men's basketball team made both the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches polls. The Golden Bears were ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll on Jan. 12. 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.
Boykin Boosts Bears on Boards
Jamal Boykin has emerged as Cal's most consistent rebounder this season, averaging 6.5 per game. He has paced the Bears on the glass 10 times in the last 18 games, with a career high of 14 at Washington State on Jan. 8. Not only does Boykin have a team-high 84 defensive rebounds, but he also owns a team-best 46 offense boards. On Dec. 10, he led the Bears on the glass with a team-high six rebounds against at Utah. Boykin can also score, posting a career-best 22 points at Stanford on Jan. 17, producing his first 20-point performance of the season. Against Oregon State on Jan. 22, Boykin secured his third double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) of the season. He followed that performance with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.
Harper's Heating Up
Sophomore F Harper Kamp has been an important factor in Cal's success this season. On Jan. 2 against Arizona, Kamp posted career bests in rebounds (7) and assists (5). The Mesa, Ariz., native is currently averaging 3.3 pg. In the first game of Cal's nine-game winning streak, Kamp had a huge night against Utah on Dec. 10, posting a season-best 12 points. 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 3.3 rpg.
Patrick Christopher: Four for Four
In the first four games in Pac-10 play, Patrick Christopher was on a roll. Christopher, a back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree this season, posted four consecutive 20-point performances against Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State and Washington, including a career-high 27-point outing at Washington on Jan. 10. 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 nailed 12 three-pointers and averaged 23.0 ppg, both of which were Pac-10 bests.
Around the League
Freshman Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points and Justin Dentmon returned from foul trouble to spark the decisive late run that sent resurgent Washington to an 86-75 victory over 13th-ranked UCLA and gave the Pac-10 a new leader on Saturday...Jordan Hill scored 30 points, including a three-point play in overtime, as Arizona rallied for a 96-90 win over Houston...Daniel Hackett scored 14 points and Taj Gibson added 12 points and 12 rebounds as Southern California edged Washington State, 46-44, in a Pac-10 game...Calvin Haynes scored a career high 25 points to help Oregon State win its second consecutive conference road game, a 72-60 victory over Stanford.
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.
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 all-conference 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).