Cal Opens Second Half of Pac-10 Schedule with Washington
Feb. 4, 2009
No. 22 Washington Huskies (16-5, 7-2) at California Golden Bears (16-6, 5-4)
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
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Washington State Cougars (12-9, 4-5) at California Golden Bears
Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavlion, Berkeley, Calif.
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California (16-6, 5-4) has lost four of its last five, but still finds itself in the top half of the Pac-10 standings (fifth place) midway through the conference portion of the schedule. The Golden Bears will host two teams they've beaten earlier this season, No. 22 Washington and Washington State. Cal faces the Huskies on Thursday, Feb. 5, and the Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 7. Both games have 7:30 p.m. tip-offs.
Last weekend in Los Angeles, Jamal Boykin recorded his fourth double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) of the season, the team's sixth, at USC on Saturday, Jan. 31. Jordan Wilkes also had a stellar weekend, notching a new career-high 16 points against the Trojans and eight points in the previous game at UCLA last Thursday. Wilkes also tallied nine rebounds at USC.
Jerome Randle continues to pace the squad with 18.3 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 14 of 22 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg and stands tied for second on the team in steals with 17. Randle is ninth all-time in career assists in school history with 322. Randle is also currently in ninth for career three-point field goals made with 130. Randle is also getting close to 1,000 career points, currently standing at 980. Patrick Christopher may get there sooner as his current career point total is 997. Christopher also recently moved into eighth in Cal's all-time career free-throw percentage list at 79.3 percent (146-184).
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 45.8 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 56.2 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson recently took over first place as Cal's all-time career three-point shooting at 45.0 percent. In addition, Cal's field goal percentage is currently second in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation (49.1). The Bears have shot at least 50.0 percent in seven of their last 12 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.5 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 five teams were able to shoot 50.0 or higher against Cal.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 10.0 6.4Earned fourth double-double at USCF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 12.3 4.0No. 1 in the nation in three-point shooting (min 1.5 made per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Jr 4.5 3.5Notched a career high with 16 points at USCG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 18.6 5.1 apgEarned 11th 20-point performance with 22 vs. OregonG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 15.1 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 16-6 record with the Golden Bears and a 563-250 (.692) 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.
Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington
Washington recently cracked the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls, coming in at No. 22 and 25, respectively. The Huskies have won 14 of their last 16 and split the weekend series in Arizona last weekend, including defeating then-No. 14 Arizona State , 84-71. Washington currently sits atop the Pac-10 standings with UCLA.
Cal-Washington Series History
Cal beat Washington twice last season, including an 84-81 win in the Pac-10 Tournament. Earlier this season, the Bears emerged victorious in Seattle after a three-overtime thriller that ended with Cal winning by a score of 88-85. Cal holds a slim 75-73 lead in the all-time series.
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar is in his seventh season as head coach at Washington after directing the team to 109 wins since 2004, the second-best five-year record in school history. UW participated in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, from 2004-06, for just the second time.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 0 Quincy Pondexter 6-6 215 Jr 9.8 5.4F 40 Jon Brockman 6-7 255 Sr 15.6 10.8F 44 Darnell Gant 6-8 215 Fr 3.1 3.6G 02 Isaiah Thomas 5-8 180 Fr 16.7 2.9G 05 Justin Dentmon 5-11 185 Sr 15.5 2.8
For more information: www.gohuskies.com
Washington State Scouting Report
A Look at Washington State
Washington State fell to Arizona last Saturday despite getting 22 points from Taylor Rochestie and 12 points from Aron Baynes. The Cougars knocked off then-No. 14 Arizona State, 65-55, last Thursday.
Cal-Washington State Series History
In their last meeting, on Jan. 8, 2008, the Bears beat Washington State, 57-50, in Pullman. Last year, when these teams met at Haas Pavilion, the Cougars beat the Bears, 70-49. Cal holds the all-time series lead at 69-45.
Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett
Washington State is coached by Tony Bennett, in his third season at the helm of the Cougars. In his second season Bennett put together his second consecutive 26-win season with a 26-9 mark, tying the school record for wins in a season.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 32 Daven Harmeling 6-7 227 Sr 5.4 2.0C 11 Aron Baynes 6-10 250 Sr 12.4 7.5G 01 KlayThompson 6-6 187 Fr 12.1 4.3G 04 Nikola Koprivica 6-6 216 Jr 3.7 2.7G 10 Taylor Rochestie 6-1 193 Sr 12.6 3.6
For more information: www.wsucougars.com
Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: USC Outlasts Cal, 73-62
Jordan Wilkes posted a career-best 16 points and added nine rebounds in Cal's loss at USC. Jamal Boykin recorded his fourth double-double of the season, the team's sixth, with his 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Bears held a five-point lead with just under 12 minutes remaining in the contest, but never held another lead greater than two, and USC claimed the lead for good with eight minutes left.
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 18.3 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 22 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. Florida State Nov. 29 and vs. Arizona State. Randle is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and has made 46.0 percent of his three-point attempts (52-for-113). In addition, he is 104-for-119 at the free throw line (87.4%).
Hot Shots, Part Trey
Cal is ranked first nationally in three-point shooting, having connected on 45.8 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 56.2 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson swished four of his five attempts against UCLA on Jan. 29. As a team, the Bears have made more than half their attempts a number of times this season, including going 9-for-15 against the Bruins, 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. Jerome Randle (46.0 percent) and Patrick Christopher (40.3) 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 130. 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 1/30/09)
1. California .458 ( 141/308 )2. North Dakota State .413 ( 152/368 )3. Cornell .412 ( 161/391 )4. Green Bay .410 ( 191/466 )5. New Mexico State .407 ( 153/376 )
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 3.2 ppg. 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 3.0 rpg.
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. 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 sixth on the team in scoring (4.1 pgg) and tied for second in steals with 17. 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 points (16 at USC), rebounds (10 vs. DePaul) and blocks (2 vs. North Carolina A&T). Wilkes had a strong pair of games in Los Angeles last weekend, posting an eight-point performance at UCLA on Jan. 29 and following that up with a career-best 16-point outing at USC on Jan. 31. 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 104-for-119 free throw attempts (87.4%). 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. In addition, Patrick Christopher recently moved into eighth in the all-time career free-throw list at 79.3 percent (146-184).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 85.8% 219-2552. 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% 120-1476. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 81.1% 163-2017. Denny Fitzpatrick (1958-59) 80.6% 112-1398. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 79.3% 146-184)
Theo Robertson: Cal's Top Three-Point Shooter in School History
Currently leading the nation in three-point shooting this season, Theo Robertson recently became Cal's all-time three-point shooter in school history, currently boasting a career average of 45.0 perecent. Robertson drilled four of his five three-point attempts at UCLA last Thursday. Earlier this season, he knocked down a career-best five three-pointers against San Francisco.
Cal Career Top Three-Point Shooters
1. Theo Robertston (2006- ) 45.0% 91-2022. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 43.1% 81-1883. Keith Smith (1987-90) 41.3% 90-2184. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 41.0% 135-3295. R. Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 40.7% 107-263
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 12 times in the last 20 games, with a career high of 14 at Washington State on Jan. 8. Not only does Boykin have a team-high 94 defensive rebounds, but he also owns a team-best 50 offensive boards. On Dec. 10, he led the Bears on the glass with a team-high six rebounds against at Utah. Boykin has also been helping with scoring, 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. Boykin, who is averaging 10.3 ppg, notched his fourth double-double of the season at USC on Jan. 31 (18 points, 10 rebounds).
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.
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.
Around the League
Arizona's second-half explosion fueled by defense and rebounding helped the Wildcats beat Washington State, 66-56, Saturday afternoon in McKale Center...Darren Collison, Alfred Aboya and Jrue Holiday all scored 15 points and No. 17 UCLA put away Stanford with a 40-14 run over both halves on its way to a 97-63 victory...Justin Dentmon scored a career-high 30 points and freshman Isaiah Thomas added 25 as No. 23 Washington handed No. 14 Arizona State its second straight home defeat, 84-71...Calvin Haynes had 15 points Saturday to lead Oregon State to a 57-54 Pacific-10 Conference win over Oregon State in the 330th 'civil war' meeting between the schools.
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).
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