Cal Seeks 15th Home Win vs. Stanford Saturday
Feb. 10, 2009
Stanford Cardinal (14-7, 4-7, vs. CSU Bakersfield 2/10)
at California Golden Bears (18-6, 7-4)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
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After winning both games against Washington and Washington State last weekend to improve its home record to 14-1 on the year, California (18-6, 7-4) looks to split the season series against Stanford, when it takes on the Cardinal on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears, who finished 17-16 and 6-12 in the Pac-10 in 2008, have already surpassed both their overall and conference wins totals from last year. In picking up its 18th victory of the season vs. WSU, Cal reached the total faster than any Bear team since the 1945-46 squad won its 25th game on Feb. 9, 1946.
In last Thursday's 86-71 decision over then-No. 22 Washington, both Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher reached the 1,000-point mark, becoming the 37th and 38th Cal players to do so. Randle posted back-to-back 20 point contests (21 vs. Washington, 20 vs. WSU), while Christopher broke out of a brief scoring slump with 20 points against the Cougars. Another Bear who had a strong weekend was Theo Robertson, who scored into double figures in both games, going for 21 vs. UW and 17, including two baskets in the final 1:32, against WSU.
Randle continues to pace the squad with 18.5 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 16 of 24 games. He is dishing out 5.0 apg and is second on the team in steals with 19. On Cal's career chart, Randle is ninth in assists with 330 and tied for eighth in three-pointers with 135. He is also within striking distance of the school season three-point, having drained 57 this year, just 11 shy of the 68 by Ryan Drew in 1990.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 45.6 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in three-point accuracy at 55.0 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson recently took over first place as Cal's all-time career three-point shooter at 44.9 percent. In addition, Cal's field goal percentage is currently second in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation (49.4%). The Bears have shot at least 50 percent in nine of their last 14 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.6 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held seven opponents to less than 40.0 percent shooting this, including holding the Huskies to 36.1 percent on Feb. 5. Only five teams have been able to make more than half their attempts against Cal.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 10.1 6.4Collected a career-best three blocks against WashingtonF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 12.5 3.8No. 1 in the nation in 3-point shooting - 55.0% (min 1.5 per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Sr 5.2 3.9Scored a career-high 16 points at USCG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 18.5 5.0 apgEarned 13th 20-point performance with 20 vs. Washington StateG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 14.3 3.6Collected 20 points against Washington State last Saturday
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 an 18-6 record with the Golden Bears and a 565-250 (.693) 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.
Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford
Stanford split its weekend series against Washington State and Washington last weekend, defeating the Cougars, 65-54, but falling to the Huskies, 75-68. Anthony Goods leads three Cardinal averaging in double figures with 16.5 ppg. Stanford won its first three road games of the season, but has dropped four straight away from home in Pac-10 action.
Cal-Stanford Series History
Stanford defeated Cal, 75-69, in the first meeting on Jan. 17 at Maples Pavilion behind 25 points from Lawrence Hill. Jamal Boykin had a career-high 22 points for the Bears. Cal's last victory over Stanford in Berkeley was a 65-62 decision on Feb. 6, 2006, when Leon Powe tallied 32 points. Cal leads the all-time series, 139-113.
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
Johnny Dawkins arrived at Stanford after completing 11 years as a member of the Duke coaching staff. For the last nine seasons, 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 13.5 5.7F 02 Landry Fields 6-7 210 Jr 12.0 6.8C 24 Josh Owens 6-8 215 So 8.1 3.9G 01 Mitch Johnson 6-1 185 Sr 7.6 2.2G 04 Anthony Goods 6-3 200 Sr 16.5 3.3
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Golden Bear NotesLast Time Out: Bears Sweep Season Series vs. Washington State
Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher posted 20-point performances, as the Bears defeated Washington State, 71-63, Feb. 7 in Haas Pavilion. For the second straight game, Cal earned the victory after trailing at halftime, this time down, 33-30, at the break. The big shot of the game came with half a minute left to play and the Bears up by four when Theo Robertson hit a jumper from the top of the key to seal the victory. The win allowed the Bears to sweep both Washington schools for the first time since 2003.
Second Half Surge
Cal currently stands second in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage at 49.4. Part of the reason why the Bears have been shooting at nearly 50.0 percent is due to their second-half shooting. In six of the 11 conference games played thus far, Cal has shot considerably better in the second half. Last Thursday against Washington, the Bears shot 39.4 in the first half, but came back to shoot 64.7 in the second. In all conference games this season, Cal is shooting 46.6 in the first half and 51.6 in the second half.
Shooting at an All-Time Rate
Cal's near 50.0 shooting rate of 49.4 percent ranks fourth in the nation, second in the conference and fifth on the school's season list. It's also the best Cal has shot since the 1990 squad finished at 50.1 percent. The Bears have shot over 50.0 percent in nine of their last 14 games and have been over 65 percent twice this season - 66.7 percent vs. Oregon and 67.9 percent against Texas-Pan American.
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
Year G FG-FGA Pct
1981-82 27 719-1402 51.31989-90 32 865-1726 50.11988-89 33 876-1750 50.11980-81 27 780-1569 49.72008-09 24 658-1332 49.4
A full schedule of events is planned in Haas Pavilion this weekend as part of the Golden Bears' commemoration of the 100th season of Cal basketball. On Friday night, Cal will host its first Alumni Game in Haas. The contest, which will have two 20-minute halves and use a running clock, starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Among the players who will suit up again are former Pac-10 scoring champion Lamond Murray, all-time shot-blocker Michael 'Yogi' Stewart, Randy Duck, Dan Lufkin, Jon Wheeler and Cal Hall of Famer Brian Hendrick. Former Bear head coach Dick Kuchen will coach one side, and brothers John and Rupe Ricksen, both members of the Cal Hall of Fame, will coach the other. Rupe also served as an assistant to Pete Newell on Cal's 1959 NCAA championship squad. More than 200 former players, coaches and managers are expected to be in attendance, and there will be an autograph session on the court following the game.
During Saturday's Cal-Stanford game, Golden Bear alumni whose careers spanned from the 1940s to the present day will be introduced to the crowd at each timeout. Film clips and photos highlighting some of the greatest moments and players in school history will also be shown on the video board.
At halftime, Cal will pay special recognition to the 1959 team, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its championship this year. In addition, former center Darrall Imhoff, an All-American for the Bears and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, will have his No. 40 jersey retired. He is the fourth Cal player to receive the honor, following Kevin Johnson (11), Alfred Grigsby (4) and Jason Kidd (5).
Hot Shots: Jerome Randle Lighting Up the Nets
Jerome Randle, who averaged 11.8 ppg last season, is pouring in 18.5 ppg this year to lead the Bears. He has 13 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 16 times in 24 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. both Florida State and Arizona State. Randle is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, up from 42.8 percent in 2008, and has made 46.3 percent of his three-point attempts (57-for-123). In addition, he is 112-for-127 at the free throw line (88.2%). On Feb. 5 vs. Washington, Randle recorded his 1,000th career point, becoming the 37th Cal player in school history to accomplish that feat.
Hot Shots, Part Trey
Cal is ranked first nationally in three-point shooting, having connected on 45.6 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 55.0 percent (min 1.5 made per game). As a team, the Bears have made more than half their attempts 11 times this season, including going 8-for-12 vs. Washington State, 9-for-15 against the Bruins, 7-for-10 at UNLV, 8-for-12 against San Francisco, 7-for-11 at Utah and 7-for-12 against Nevada. Jerome Randle (46.3 percent) and Patrick Christopher (41.5) are also shooting well from long distance.
NCAA Three-Point Percentage Leaders (as of 2/9/09)
1. California .456 ( 152/333 )2. North Dakota State .422 ( 172/408 )3. IPFW .408 ( 157/385 )4. Portland .407 ( 185/455 )5. Green Bay .404 ( 201/497 )
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 3.4 ppg and 3.2 rpg. But his biggest contributions have been on the defensive end where he has been counted on to come off the bench and provide a strong presence in the past. In the first game of Cal's nine-game winning streak earlier this season, 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.
Gutierrez Quietly Making an Impact
The hustle of freshman G Jorge Gutierrez has been paying off on the score sheets. Gutierrez earned a season-best three steals and tied his season best with four assists at Utah on Dec. 10. Last week vs. the Washington schools, he came off the bench for seven points vs. UW and four points, four rebounds and three assists against WSU. Despite averaging just 17.2 minutes per game, Gutierrez is tied for third on the squad in steals with 17. Gutierrez is sixth on the team in scoring (4.2 ppg) and tied third in steals with 17. He notched a high of 10 points in a win at UNLV and has snared five rebounds four times.
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 personal 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 his hometown of Los Angeles in late January, posting an eight-point performance at UCLA Jan. 29 and following that up with a career-best 16-point outing at USC Jan. 31. On Feb. 5 against Washington, Wilkes posted 14 points and led the Bears on the boards with eight. The brother of former Cal guard Omar Wilkes and son of NBA great Jamaal Wilkes has started every game thus far this season. A fourth-year junior who redshirted two seasons ago with a knee injury, Wilkes announced earlier this week that he will graduate with a degree in social welfare this spring and forego his final season of eligibility.
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 112-for-127 free throw attempts (88.2%). 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. In addition, Patrick Christopher recently moved into ninth in the all-time career free-throw list at 78.9 percent (150-190).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.3% 227-2632. 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. Ed Gray (1996-97) 79.0% 264-3349. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 78.9% 150-190
Theo Robertson: Cal's Top Three-Point Shooter in School History
Currently leading the nation in three-point shooting this season, Theo Robertson recently took over the top spot on Cal's all-time three-point shooting list, boasting a career average of 44.9 percent. Robertson drilled four of his five three-point attempts at UCLA on Jan. 29 and was a combined 5-for-8 vs. Arizona and Arizona State. Earlier this season, he knocked down a career-best five three-pointers against San Francisco.
Cal Career Top Three-Point Shooters
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 44.9% 94-2092. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 43.1% 81-1883. Keith Smith (1987-90) 41.3% 90-2184. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 41.0% 135-3295. Ryan 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 6.4 per game. He has paced the Bears on the glass 12 times overall, with a career high of 14 at Washington State on Jan. 8. Not only does Boykin have a team-high 103 defensive rebounds, but he also owns a team-best 51 offensive boards. He has also been helping with scoring, posting a career-best 22 points at Stanford on Jan. 17. He has four double-doubles on the year, most recently with 18 points and 10 rebounds at USC. Boykin is averaging 10.1 ppg with 13 double-digit contests.
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.
1,000 Points and More for Randle and Christopher
On Feb. 5, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher became the 37th and 38th players in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Randle entered the Washington game needing 17 points and scored 21, while Christopher only needed three points to reach the milestone and hit it with a free throw with 2:23 left in the contest. Randle is now 36th on the all-time scoring list with 1,024 points and Christopher is 37th with 1,020 points.
Cal's All-Time Scoring Leaders
30. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 1,05531. Michael Pitts (1980-84) 1,04432. Bill Hagler (1949-51) 1,04233. Mark McNamara (1981-82) 1,04134. Monty Buckley (1992-95) 1,03535. Charlie Johnson (1969-71) 1,02536. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,02437. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,020
Bears Make Top 25 for the First Time in Six Years
For the first time in six years, Cal made an appearance in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches polls Jan. 12 after opening Pac-10 play with a 4-0 record, sweeping Arizona and Arizona State at home and Washington and Washington State on the road. The Bears were ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 23 by the coaches. 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.
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 Saturday when Cal hosts Stanford. 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.
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.
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.
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).