Cal Seeks 20th Win of Season at Oregon Thursday
Feb. 17, 2009
California Golden Bears (19-6, 8-4) at Oregon Ducks (6-19, 0-13)
Thursday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m., McArthur Court, Eugene, Ore.
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California Golden Bears at Oregon State Beavers (11-13, 5-8)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore.
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Enjoying a three-game winning streak, California (19-6, 8-4) will play for its 20th win of the season when it takes on Oregon and Oregon State this week on the road. The Golden Bears, who earned their 15th home win of the season last Saturday, take on the Ducks Thursday at 6 p.m. at McArthur Court.
In last Saturday's 22-point comeback, 82-75 victory over Stanford, Cal had five players reach double figures for the first time this season. Leading the way was Patrick Christopher and his 21 points. Jorge Gutierrez recorded five steals, the most by a Bear in a game since Richard Midgley got six in 2005. Gutierrez also tied his season best with 10 points, and he and Harper Kamp set a new career high in rebounds with eight each. The comeback was the largest since Cal came back from a 20-point deficit vs. Arizona State in 1994.
Jerome Randle continues to lead the squad in scoring with 18.4 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 16 of 25 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg and is third on the team in steals with 19. On Cal's career chart, Randle is eighth in assists with 338 and tied for seventh in three-pointers with 136. He is also within striking distance of the school record for three-pointers in a season, having drained 58 this year, just 10 shy of the 68 by Ryan Drew in 1990.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 45.9 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in three-point accuracy at 54.2 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson recently took over first place as Cal's all-time career three-point shooter at 44.8 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 15 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.9 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 six teams have been able to make more than half their attempts against Cal.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 10.1 6.2Collected a career-best three blocks against WashingtonF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 12.4 3.8No. 1 in the nation in 3-point shooting - 54.2% (min 1.5 per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Sr 5.1 3.7Scored a career-high 16 points at USCG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 18.4 5.1 apgEarned 13th 20-point performance with 20 vs. Washington StateG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 14.6 3.6Recorded a team-high 21 points vs. Stanford
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 19-6 record with the Golden Bears and a 566-250 (.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.
Oregon Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon
The Ducks are still looking for their first conference win of the season, entering Thursday night's contest with the Bears at 0-13 in Pac-10 play. Tajuan Porter leads Oregon in scoring, averaging 15.2 ppg. Porter is the only Duck averaging over 10.0 ppg.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Cal was victorious when these teams met earlier this season in Berkeley, 76-69. The Bears shot 66.7 percent against the Ducks. Jamal Boykin finished with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jerome Randle tallied his 11th 20-point outing of the season with his 22 points on the day. Cal leads the all-time series, 72-55.
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
Ernie Kent, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has had a lot of success at Oregon. His accomplishments include seven postseason appearances, a Pac-10 title, two Pac-10 tournament titles, two NCAA Elite Eights, two NIT Final Fours and four NBA First Round Draft selections.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 24 LeKendric Longmire 6-5 200 So 9.9 3.7F 50 Joevan Catron 6-6 235 Jr 7.6 7.0C 33 Michael Dunigan 6-10 255 Fr 9.0 5.0G 03 Garrett Sim 6-1 175 Fr 7.5 1.9G 12 Tajuan Porter 6-2 170 So 15.2 2.4
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Oregon State Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon State
Oregon State welcomes Cal this week riding a little bit of momentum, having defeated Washington State last Saturday to split its games last weekend. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Beavers. Calvin Haynes has been leading the way for OSU, averaging 15.2 ppg, the only Beaver over 10.0 ppg.
Cal-Oregon State Series History
Cal had won the last seven in a row against the Beavers before Oregon State won the first meeting this season in Berkeley. Last season, when these teams met in Corvallis, the Bears were victorious by a score of 69-59. Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each had 11 points in that contest. Cal leads the all-time series, 74-57.
Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson
First-year head coach Craig Robinson led Brown University to a school record 19 victories last season. In two years at Brown, Robinson also led the Bears to their fourth-ever postseason tournament berth.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 0 Kevin McShane 6-9 215 Fr 0.4 0.5F 15 Seth Tarver 6-5 210 Jr 7.3 5.0C 10 Roeland Schaftenaar 6-11 240 Jr 9.2 3.2G 5 Josh Tarver 6-3 190 Jr 4.0 1.4G 11 Rickey Claitt 6-2 175 Sr 7.3 2.0
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Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Bears Beats Cardinal After 22-Point Comeback
Cal's 22-point comeback against Stanford was the largest deficit overcome by Cal since the Bears came back to beat Arizona State, 95-78, in 1994 at Harmon Gym after being down by 20. Cal trailed Stanford, 47-25, with 4:33 remaining in the first half. The Bears regained the lead at the 3:04 mark in the second half to take a 72-71 lead. Jorge Gutierrez recorded five steals, the most by a Bear since 2005. For the first time this season, Cal had five players reach double figures. Harper Kamp and Gutierrez led the Bears on the boards with eight, which was also a new career high for both.
Cal currently stands second in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage at 49.3. Part of the reason why the Bears have been shooting at nearly 50.0 percent is due to their second-half shooting. In seven of the 12 conference games played thus far, Cal has shot considerably better in the second half. Last Saturday against Stanford, the Bears shot 46.7 in the first half, but came back to shoot 50.0 in the second. In all conference games this season, Cal is shooting 46.6 in the first half and 51.4 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 15 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 Pct1981-82 27 719-1402 51.31989-90 32 865-1726 50.11988-89 33 876-1750 50.11980-81 27 780-1569 49.72008-09 24 689-1396 49.4
Hot Shots: Jerome Randle Lighting Up the Nets
Jerome Randle, who averaged 11.8 ppg last season, is pouring in 18.4 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 25 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. both Florida State and Arizona State. Randle is shooting 51.4 percent from the floor, up from 42.8 percent in 2008, and has made .468 percent of his three-point attempts (58-for-124). In addition, he is 117-for-133 at the free throw line (88.0%). 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 45.9 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 54.2 percent (min 1.5 made per game), the best percentage from behind the arc in a season in school history As a team, the Bears have made more than half their attempts 12 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 (46.8 percent), third-best percentage in a season in school history, and Patrick Christopher (43.0) are also shooting well from long distance.
NCAA Three-Point Percentage Leaders (as of 2/15/09)
1. California .459 ( 157/342 )2. North Dakota State .414 ( 183/442 )3. Portland .411 ( 202/491 )4. IPFW .409 ( 164/401 )5. Cornell .404 ( 190/470 )
Gutierrez Quietly Making an Impact
The hustle of freshman Jorge Gutierrez has become evident in the past two weeks. Gutierrez earned a season-best five steals and eight rebounds, and tied his season best with 10 points against the Cardinal. The week before, against the Washington schools, he came off the bench for seven points vs. UW on Feb. 5 and four points, four rebounds and three assists against WSU on Feb. 7. Despite averaging just 17.7 minutes per game, Gutierrez is first on the squad in steals with 22. Gutierrez is sixth on the team in scoring (4.4 ppg). He first set his high of 10 points in the Bears' Nov. 28 win at UNLV and has snared at least five rebounds five 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 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 117-for-133 free throw attempts (88.0%), the third-best season percentage in school history. 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 eighth in the all-time career free-throw list at 79.3 percent (154-194).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.2% 232-2692. 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% 154-1949. Ed Gray (1996-97) 79.0% 264-334
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 44.8 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. Not far behind is Jerome Randle in seventh at 39.8 percent.
Cal Career Top Three-Point Shooters
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 44.8% 95-2122. 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% 107-2636. Omar Wilkes (2006-07) 40.4% 61-1517. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 39.8% 136-341
Boykin Boosts Bears with Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin has emerged as Cal's most consistent rebounder this season, averaging 6.2 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 53 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. In addition, Boykin's career field goal percentage of .528 ranks sixth all-time in school history.
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.
Harper's Heating Up
Sophomore F Harper Kamp has been an important factor in Cal's success this season. He grabbed a career-best eight rebounds vs. Stanford last Saturday. On Jan. 2 against Arizona, Kamp posted a career-best five assists. The Mesa, Ariz., native is currently averaging 3.7 ppg and 3.4 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 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.
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 32nd on the all-time scoring list with 1,042 points and Christopher is 33rd with 1,041 points.
Cal's All-Time Scoring Leaders
27. Ed Gray (1996-97) 1,08228. Kevin Singleton (1977-81) 1,06829. Larry Friend (1955-57) 1,06130. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 1,05531. Michael Pitts (1980-84) 1,04432. Bill Hagler (1949-51) 1,042 Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,04233. Mark McNamara (1981-82) 1,041 Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,041
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 Has 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, had his number 40 jersey retired in a halftime ceremony during the Cal-Stanford game on Feb. 14. The event was 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).