No. 25 Cal Ventures to the Pit to Face New Mexico
Dec. 1, 2009
California Golden Bears (4-2) at New Mexico Lobos (6-0)
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:00 p.m. (PT), The Pit, Albuquerque, N.M.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CBS College
California Golden Bears (4-2) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (6-1)
Saturday, Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPNU
Battling injuries and illnesses, No. 25 California hits the road for a quick trip to New Mexico to face the undefeated Lobos at the Pit. The Golden Bears will try to hand New Mexico its first loss of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m.
Despite having a depleted bench, Cal was still able to secure a decisive 81-60 victory against Princeton on Nov. 29. Senior guard Jerome Randle and senior forward Jamal Boykin each posted 22 points. Boykin's 22-point effort tied his personal best. Boykin, who is sixth on Cal's career field goal percentage list, is shooting 61.5 through the first six games this season. Randle also notched a season-best nine assists to move up to fifth on Cal's all-time assist chart. He is Cal's leading scorer on the season, averaging 20.5 ppg.
Randle now has 1,307 career points and is 14th all-time in school history. Senior guard Patrick Christopher is 17th with 1,237 points, just two points shy of Brian Wethers for 16th. Randle is also seven three-pointers away from second on Cal's all-time three-point list. He currently has 176.
Sophomore forward Omondi Amoke led the Bears on the boards in both of their games last week. He tallied eight rebounds in each game. He also set a new personal best in scoring against Jacksonville on Nov. 24 with 15 points. He is Cal's leading rebounder at 7.5 rpg.
With Sanders-Frison out of the lineup last Sunday, sophomore center Max Zhang earned his first collegiate start. Zhang didn't disappoint in his first career start, tying his personal best in scoring with seven points. He also recorded five rebounds and had two blocks. He leads the team in that category with six on the season.
Putting in 18 minutes of work against Princeton last Sunday, sophomore guard D.J. Seeley posted a career-high seven points.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.3 6.2C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 4.5 5.8G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 20.5 4.0 apgG 2 Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 195 So 5.2 2.7G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 13.8 4.0
Cal Head Coach Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery, one of the most successful coaches in the collegiate game, is in his second season overseeing the California program. He has a 26-13 record with the Golden Bears and a 573-257 (.690) 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, '03, '04) 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, '03, '04). Montgomery was introduced as Cal's 15th head coach on April 5, 2008. On Feb. 19, 2009, against Oregon, he became the third consecutive Cal mentor to win 20 games in his first full season as head coach (Ben Braun - 23 in 1996-97, Todd Bozeman - 22 in 1993-94). Montgomery currently ranks 10th in wins among active coaches. ESPN's Doug Gottlieb recently picked Montgomery to be this season's Coach of the Year.
New Mexico Scouting Report
A Look at New Mexico
New Mexico is a perfect 6-0 on the season. In their last contest, the Lobos won at Hawaii, 83-71. Darington Hobson leads New Mexico in scoring, averaging 18.2 ppg. He is also the Lobos leading rebounder at 7.3 rpg.
Cal-New Mexico Series History
Cal is 4-1 all-time against the Lobos with the last meeting occurring in the first round of the NIT. The Bears were victorious in that game, 68-66. Cal swept New Mexico in a home-and-home series from 2001-03. The Bears are 1-1 at the Pit.
New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford
In his third year as head coach, Steve Alford has won more games in his first two seasons (46) than any of his UNM predecessors and last year brought a conference championship back to the New Mexico campus for the first time in 15 years. Last season, Alford was named the 2008-09 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 00 A.J. Hardeman 6-8 225 So 7.7 7.0F 1 Darington Hobson 6-7 205 Jr 18.2 7.3F 30 Roman Martinez 6-6 185 Sr 14.7 5.7G 23 Phillip McDonald 6-5 200 So 13.0 2.5G 5 Gary Dairese 6-1 205 Jr 8.0 2.8
For more information: http://www.golobos.com/
Iowa State Scouting Report
A Look at Iowa State
Iowa State won its first six contests to open the season before losing to Northwestern in Chicago last weekend. Craig Brackins is the Cyclones' current leading scorer, posting 17.1 ppg. Marquis Gilstrap leads Iowa State in rebounding with an average of 8.3 rpg.
Cal-Iowa State Series History
Iowa State holds the all-time series lead over the Bears at 2-1. The last meeting came in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, where the Cyclones defeated Cal, 75-64.
Iowa State Head Coach Greg McDermott
Greg McDermott is in his fourth year as head coach of Iowa State. In his previous three seasons with the Cyclones, McDermott coached four players who earned all-conference recognition, including Brackins, who was the first Cyclone since 2001 to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2009.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 21 Craig Brackins 6-10 230 Jr 17.1 7.6F 3 Marquis Gilstrap 6-7 215 Sr 13.4 8.3C 41 Justin Hamilton 6-11 260 So 4.1 3.1G 5 Lucca Staiger 6-5 220 Jr 12.0 2.0G 10 Diante Garrett 6-4 190 Jr 6.7 2.4
For more information: http://www.cyclones.com/
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Beat Tigers, Despite Missing Some Key Players
Although Cal was missing Theo Robertson and Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the Bears were still able to beat Princeton on Nov. 29, 81-60, at Haas Pavilion. Jamal Boykin tied his personal best with 22 points, while Jerome Randle also scored 22 points and a season-high nine assists. Max Zhang tied his personal best with seven points, while making his first collegiate start. D.J. Seeley's seven points was a new career high. For the second straight game, Omondi Amoke led the Bears on the boards with eight. Cal shot over 50.0 for the second straight game.
With the Bears' depth at the frontcourt limited right now with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup, sophomore Omondi Amoke has stepped up in the last few games, posting new career highs. Amoke posted a career-best 15 rebounds vs. Ohio State on Nov. 20, and a personal-high of 15 points against Jacksonville on Nov. 24. He tied his previous career high in scoring against the Buckeyes with 11 points. His rebounding performances have made him the team leader on the boards. Currently, Amoke has 45 rebounds on the season, averaging 7.5 rpg. He has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 17 of his 22 attempts from the charity stripe.
Jerome Randle Almost Perfect at the Line
Cal's all-time leader in career free throw percentage entering last season, senior Jerome Randle connected at an even higher clip in 2008-09. Over his first two years in the program, Randle was a combined 115-for-126 (84.6%), which ranked just ahead of Michael Chavez, who was 198-for-235 (84.3%) at the stripe from 1980-83. Last season, though, Randle made 139-for-161 free throw attempts (86.3%). It appears nothing has changed for Randle in this department, as he went 10-for-11 from the charity stripe against Murray State on Nov. 9 and a perfect 12-for-12 against Detroit on Nov. 11 and 7-for-7 vs. Princeton on Nov. 29. He's currently 33-for-35 on the season (94.3). Patrick Christopher is also in the top 10 in this category. Christopher currently sits eighth on the chart with a percentage of 80.0 (182-228).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.4% 287-3322. 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% 120-1478. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 80.0% 182-228
Multiple 1,000-Point Scorers
On Feb. 5, 2009, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher became the 37th and 38th players in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Randle entered the game at Washington 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 now has 1,307 career points and currently stands in 14th. Christopher is 17th with 1,237 points, just two points behind Brian Wethers for 16th. Last season, Randle became the seventh player in school history to record 600 points in a single season, finishing with 603. Cal now has a pair of 1,000-point scorers on the team for the fourth time in school history, with the last occurrence being Joe Shipp and Brian Weathers in 2003. Theo Robertson is just 61 points shy of 1,000 career points. If he is able to reach 1,000 points, it would mark the first time that Cal had three 1,000-point scorers on the same team.
Cal's All-Time Scoring Leaders
13. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71) 1,34314. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,30715. Dave Butler (1983-87) 1,29116. Brian Wethers (2000-03) 1,23917. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,237
Bears are Golden From Behind the Arc
While Jerome Randle set the Cal single-season record for three-pointers with 82 in 2008-09, Theo Robertson and his 48.7 percent (56-115) shooting from behind the arc was another main contributor of Cal leading the nation in that category for all of last season. Individually, Robertson ranked fourth in the nation, after topping the chart for most of the season. Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for three-point shooting at an even 44.0 percent (110-250). Randle ranks fourth all-time at 41.1 percent (176-428). Randle's 176 career treys rank third on Cal's all-time list. Richard Midgley (2003-06) is second (183).
Cal Three-Point Career Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 110 250 .4402. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .4313. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .4134. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 176 428 .4115. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .4106. R. Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .407
Randle and Christopher Make Preseason Watch Lists
Jerome Randle was recently named one of the 50 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by the national ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players. The Wooden Award All-American team will be announced the week of the 'Elite Eight' round during the NCAA Tournament. The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010. Randle was also recently named a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award. He and Patrick Christopher were also two of 50 players recently named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind. Randle was also recently named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, and Christopher was also recently named a Preseason All-American by CollegeInsider.com.
Boykin Boosts Bears with Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin emerged as Cal's most consistent rebounder last season, averaging 6.4 per game. He paced the Bears on the glass 16 times overall, with a career high of 14 at Washington State on Jan. 8, a feat he duplicated at Oregon last Feb. 19. Not only did Boykin have a team-high 136 defensive rebounds, but he also owned a team-best 75 offensive boards. He also helped with scoring, posting a career-best 22 points at Stanford on Jan. 17. He racked up five double-doubles on the year, including 11 points and 14 rebounds at Oregon on Feb. 19. Boykin averaged 9.6 ppg with 17 double-digit contests. In addition, Boykin's career field goal percentage of .530 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 32 of the 52 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 61.5. Boykin is once again one of Cal's top rebounders this season, averaging 6.2 rpg - second on the team. Against Princeton, Boykin tied her personal best in scoring with 22 points. On Nov. 9 against Murray State, Boykin had 12 points and five rebounds, and he collected 10 boards vs. Detroit on Nov. 11. On Nov. 19 against Syracuse, Boykin posted 14 points and led the Bears on the boards with eight.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,0826. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 53.0% 251-4737. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
Hip Hip Jorge
The hustle of sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez all of last season was clearly displayed against USC in the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, as he notched a career-high 14 points. In addition to being a tenacious defender, Gutierrez also helped the Bears in scoring last season. He earned a season-best five steals and eight rebounds, and tied his then-season best with 10 points, against Stanford on Feb. 14, helping the Bears turn a 22-point deficit into an 82-75 win. Gutierrez led the squad in steals with 27. Gutierrez was fifth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg). He also snared at least five rebounds 10 times. In the season-opening victory against Murray State on Nov. 9, Gutierrez snagged two steals and was a clean 2-for-2 from the three-point line. On Nov. 19 against Syracuse, Gutierrez earned his first collegiate start, filling in for the injured Theo Robertson. In 24 minutes of work, Gutierrez finished with six points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Against Ohio State on Nov. 20, Gutierrez posted a season-high eight points. He also did a terrific job guarding The Buckeyes' leading scorer Evan Turner in the first half, holding him to just four points. Turner had a big second half after Gutierrez got into foul trouble. On Nov. 24 against Jacksonville, he tied his career high with four assists.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 398 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fifth on the school's all-time list. With his season-high nine assists against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. Against Arizona State on Jan. 4 last season, Randle dished out a career-best 10, and he led the team 20 times during the campaign. He collected seven assists in the two games during the opening week of the season. Randle currently ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart with 165 assists last season. If he records 102 assists this year, he will become just the third player at Cal to record at least 500, joining Keith Smith and Kevin Johnson.
Cal's All-Time Assist Leaders
4. Ayinde Ubaka (2004-07) 4175. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 398
Bears Sign Top-20 Recruiting Class
Three players ranked in Rivals' Top 150 and a long-distance shooter from Chicago highlight the 2010 California men's basketball recruiting class that was ranked No. 17 by Scout.com and No. 23 by ESPN. The four players who have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Cal next season are: 6-2 point guard Gary Franklin (Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School), 6-9 forward Richard Solomon (Los Angeles, Price High School), 6-5 guard Allen Crabbe (Los Angeles, Price High School) and 6-5 guard Alex Rossi (Winnetka, Ill., New Trier Township High School). Franklin (No. 72), Solomon (No. 101) and Crabbe (No. 102) all earned mention in the Rivals' Top 150, while Franklin was also rated the nation's No. 66 recruit by ESPN.
Cal Headed to Old Spice Classic in 2010
Cal will be playing in the fifth annual Old Spice Classic next season at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex near Orlando, Fla. The tournament, which takes place over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25-28), features five teams that participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament - Cal, Boston College, Temple, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. Notre Dame played in the NIT. Manhattan and Georgia will also participate in the tournament. The Old Spice Classic features four games each day. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 28.The tournament is a weekend-long affair at the Walt Disney World Resort. Previous winners of the Old Spice Classic: Gonzaga in 2008, North Carolina State in 2007 and Arkansas in 2006.