Cal Opens Pac-10 Play Hosting Rival Stanford
Jan. 1, 2010
California Golden Bears (8-4) vs. Stanford (6-6)
Saturday, Jan. 2, 4:00 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
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After claiming the championship of the 2009 Colliers International Golden Bear Classic earlier this week, California opens Pac-10 play against Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears finished the nonconference portion of its schedule with a record of 8-4.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher was named the MVP of the tournament after he posted a season-high 25 points against UC Santa Barbara last Tuesday and a game-high 18 points against Utah Valley last Monday. Christopher has paced Cal in scoring for the past five games. He is averaging 21.2 ppg in those five games. Christopher is also averaging 5.3 rpg and leads the team with 20 steals.
Senior guard Jerome Randle racked up 23 points against the Gauchos, including shooting 6-for-8 from behind the three-point line, helping Cal earn its season-best three-point shooting percentage of 52.9 (9-17). Randle now has 1,415 career points and currently stands in 9th on the school's all-time scoring list. Already Cal's career free throw leader, Randle's current season average of 93.2 (55-59) from the charity stripe is the best single-season percentage in school history.
Scoring has not been a problem for the Bears this season. Cal has scored at least 70 points in all but one contest and has topped 80 points six times. The one game the Bears didn't reach 70 points, they scored 69 at Kansas on Dec. 22. Cal's season scoring average of 79.4 ppg ranks third all-time in the history of the program. Defensively, Cal has held seven of its last eight opponents to shooting 42.0 percent or less from the floor, including 33.0 percent against Pacific, 32.7 vs. Utah Valley and 28.3 vs. Jacksonville.
The Bears' RPI is No. 12. The Bears are also No. 8 in the Pomeroy rankings and No. 18 in the Sagarin poll. All four teams Cal has lost to are currently in the AP Top 20 - No. 1 Kansas, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 15 Ohio State and No. 19 New Mexico.
Cal has outrebounded nine of its 12 opponents. The Bears outrebounded UC Santa Barbara (45-25), Iowa State (51-32,), Princeton (37-20), Utah Valley (38-24) and Pacific (45-30).
Cal is currently averaging 39.8 rpg and sporting a rebounding margin of +7.7 that ranks second all-time in school history.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.9 7.2Snagged a career best 15 rebounds at KansasC 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 3.1 4.4Led the Bears with 10 rebounds vs. UC Santa BarbaraG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 19.3 4.7 apgRacked up 22 points and nine assists vs. PrincetonF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 13.3 3.2Scored back-to-back double figure games in the Golden Bear ClassicG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 17.0 5.3Named Tournament MVP of the Golden Bear Classic
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 30-15 record with the Golden Bears and a 577-259 (.690) overall mark that includes eight years at Montana and 18 seasons at Stanford. Montgomery has coached teams to the NCAA Final Four (1998), four Pac-10 regular-season crowns (1999, 2000, '03, '04) and one Pac-10 Tournament title (2004), as well as one NIT title (1991). 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.
Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford
Stanford (6-6) held off James Madison, 80-76, in its last contest on Dec. 29. The Cardinal also defeated Virginia and took then-No. 5 Kentucky into overtime. Landry Fields has been Stanford's best player this season, averaging 23.4 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Jeremy Green is also averaging 16.2 rpg and 4.2 rpg.
Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal leads the all-time series, 140-113, with both teams winning on their home court in the two matchups last season.
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
In his second season as head coach, Johnny Dawkins helped Stanford notch a 20-14 record and a trip to the semifinals of the CBI. Reaching the 20-win plateau for just the second time in five years, Dawkins helped the Cardinal extend the program's lengthy streaks of consecutive winning seasons (16) and postseason appearances (16).
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 2 Landry Fields 6-7 210 Sr 23.4 9.0F 34 Andrew Zimmerman 6-9 215 So 6.8 4.0F 50 Jack Trotter 6-9 220 So 5.9 4.1G 22 Jarrett Mann 6-3 185 So 8.1 3.1G 45 Jeremy Green 6-4 190 S0 16.2 4.2
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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Claim Golden Bear Classic Title
After defeating Utah Valley in the first round, Cal knocked off UC Santa Barbara, 87-66, to claim the championship of the Colliers International Golden Bear Classic. Patrick Christopher was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after he posted a season-high 25 points. Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson also made the all-tournament team. Markhuri Sanders-Frison had a big night, as well, posting season highs in rebounds (10) and scoring (7).
Cal Boasts +7.7 Rebounding Margin
Despite lacking depth in the front court with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup with a sore knee, Cal is winning the battle on the boards by a 478 to 386 margin (39.8 rpg), good for a +7.7 rebounding margin, second best in school history. In their win over Pacific on Dec. 9, the Bears out-boarded the Tigers, 45-30 (+15). Jamal Boykin leads the squad with 7.2 rpg, but Omondi Amoke is also snaring an average of 6.2 rpg. Markhuri Sanders-Frison got into the mix against UC Santa Barbara last Tuesday, racking up a season-high 10 rebounds. In addition to the Pacific differential, Cal had a +19 edge over Iowa State, a +17 margin vs. Princeton, a +14 margin vs. Utah Valley and a +13 against Detroit. The Bears have only been outrebounded three times thus far this season, and one of those occurrences was only by a difference of two (38-36, Nov. 24 vs. Jacksonville).
Cal Top Season Rebounding Margins
1. 1959-60 +11.22. 2009-10 +7.73. 1968-69 +6.54. 1967-68 +5.8
The Bears have had no trouble lighting up the scoreboards this season. In 11 of the 12 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, including six 80-point performances, marking the first time this has occurred in school history. The Bears earned their sixth 80-point scoring performance against UC Santa Barbara last night with 87. Their season scoring average of 79.4 currently ranks third in school history. A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.3 ppg, and Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, has scored 106 points in his last five games (20, 22, 21,18, 25), averaging 21.2 ppg in those games. Christopher has also tallied two straight double-doubles on the season. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.9 ppg with two 20-point efforts on the season. Boykin racked up a double-double at Kansas on Dec. 22 (15 points, 15 rebounds).
Cal Top Scoring Averages
1. 1970-71 83.92. 1994-95 79.93. 2009-10 79.44. 1992-93 79.35. 1993-94 78.6
Randle and Christopher Taking Their Place in Cal History
Last season, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each scored their 1,000th career point. Randle now has 1,415 career points and currently stands in 9th on the school's all-time scoring list. Christopher is 14th with 1,358 points. 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 17 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
7. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,5568. Russ Critchfield (1966-68) 1,4379. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,41510. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) 1,41311. Keith Smith (1987-90) 1,39812. Ansley Truitt (1970-72) 1,38413. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 1,38214. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,358
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, 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 55-for-59 on the season (93.2), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history and leads the Pac-10. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. Patrick Christopher is also in the top 10 in this category, currently 9th on the chart with a percentage of 79.1 (197-249).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.7% 309-3562. Michael Chavez (1980-83) 84.3% 198-2353. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 84.1% 276-3284. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 83.7% 190-2275. Connie White (1975-76) 82.9% 155-1876. Bill Duwe (1969-72) 81.6% 120-1477. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 81.1% 163-2018. Denny Fitzpatrick (1958-59) 80.6% 112-1399. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 79.1% 197-24910. Ed Gray (1996-97) 79.0% 178-223
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 43.6 percent (113-259). Randle ranks fifth all-time at 40.9 percent (194-474). Randle's 194 career treys ranks second on Cal's all-time list (Ryan Drew, 214). Patrick Christopher's 125 career three-pointers have him 10th all-time in career three-pointers made. Jorge Gutierrez has been Cal's most efficient three-point shooter thus far this season, connecting on 12 of his 20 attempts from behind the arc for a percentage of 60.0, which is the best in the Pac-10 right now. Last Tuesday against UC Santa Barbara, Randle swished 6 of his 8 three-point attempts, and as a team, Cal had its best three-point shooting percentage of the season at 52.9 (9-17).
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 113 259 .4362. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .4313. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .4134. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .4105. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 194 474 .4096. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .4077. Omar Wilkes (2006-07) 61 151 .404
Facing Stiff Competition
While the Bears have slipped out of the Top 25, after earning a preseason ranking of No. 12, Cal has already faced some of the nation's best teams. At one point this season, all four of the teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and New Mexico - sported a combined record of 45-3. The four teams are also currently ranked in the AP Top 20, with the Jayhawks coming in at No. 1 and the Orange at No. 5.
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, 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 .531 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 65 of the 110 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 59.1. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 7.2 rpg. He notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds), and his second on Dec. 22 at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds). His 15 boards against the Jayhawks were a new career high. Against Princeton on Nov. 29, Boykin tied his 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-) 53.1% 278-5237. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
Randle and Christopher Make Preseason Watch Lists
Jerome Randle was 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 and Patrick Christopher were also two of 50 players 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 named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, and Christopher was also named a Preseason All-American by CollegeInsider.com.
Hip Hip Jorge
The hustle of sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez has been evident throughout his time at Cal. One of Cal's toughest defenders, Gutierrez led the squad in steals with 27 and was fifth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg) last season. In the 2009 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 then-season-high eight points. He held the Buckeyes' leading scorer Evan Turner to just four first-half points. Against Kansas on Dec. 22, Gutierrez notched a personal-high five assists. He also recorded five assists vs. UC Santa Barbara. Against Iowa State, he set his current season high in scoring with 12 points. Battling a head cold, Gutierrez set his previous season-best scoring total of 10 points against the Lobos on Dec. 2. While he doesn't take many shots from the three-point line, Gutierrez has connected on more than half of his attempts from behind the arc (12-20) for a percentage of 60.0, which is the best in the Pac-10 right now.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 431 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list. On the season, Randle is averaging 4.7 assists per game, and has recorded nine assists in two separate games. With his season-high nine assists against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State on Dec. 5. 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. Randle currently ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart with 165 assists last season. If he records 69 more 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
3. Jason Kidd (1993-94) 4944. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 431
Max Zhang: Large and in Charge
Sophomore center Max Zhang, the tallest player in the history of the program at 7-3, has started five games for Cal this year, and has taken advantage of the opportunity. In the first four games he started, Zhang averaged 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and had eight blocks, including three at Pacific on Dec. 9. He also recorded three blocks last night against Utah Valley. Zhang set his career high in scoring with seven points three different times this season. After averaging just 4.5 minutes per game last season, Zhang is currently averaging 13.0 mpg this season. He leads the team with 18 blocks on the season, and is shooting 17-for-28 from the field. Against Pacific, Zhang, who typically collects most of his points from lay-ins directly under the hoop, swished two shots from outside in the game's early minutes to help the Bears start off on the right foot.
With the Bears' depth at the frontcourt limited right now with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup, sophomore Omondi Amoke has stepped up this season. Amoke recorded a double-double against Iowa State on Dec. 5 (11 points, 14 rebounds). He posted a career-best 15 rebounds vs. Ohio State on Nov. 20, and a personal-high of 15 points against Jacksonville on Nov. 24. Amoke is second on the team in rebounding with an average of 6.2 rpg. Amoke has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 22 of his 27 attempts from the charity stripe.