Cal Tries to Stay Atop the Pac-10 Against Oregon and Oregon State
Jan. 18, 2010
California Golden Bears (11-6, 3-2) vs. Oregon Ducks (10-7, 2-3)
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CSN Plus
California Golden Bears (11-6, 3-2) vs. Oregon State Beavers (8-9, 2-3)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 11:00 a.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV:CBS
After getting dealt a 15-point loss at the hands of Washington last Saturday, California returns to Berkeley this weekend to face Oregon and Oregon State. The Golden Bears welcome the Ducks, who are currently on a three-game losing streak, to Haas Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Two days after scoring a career-high 39 points against Washington State last Thursday, senior guard Jerome Randle was held to just five points against the Huskies. Contrary to Randle's afternoon, fellow senior guard Patrick Christopher notched 28 points against Washington, just one point shy of tying his career best. Christopher also posted a game-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard D.J. Seeley also collected a new personal best in scoring with his 11 points.
Despite missing 18 free throws against Washington, the Bears still made 32 of their 50 attempts. Cal's season free throw percentage currently stands at 73.5, which is tied for fourth all-time in school history. In addiiton, Randle is on pace to set Cal's single-season percentage record. He currently boasts an average of 92.7, which also ranks sixth in the nation right now.
Randle's 330 career free throws ranks ninth all-time in school history. He also leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.5 ppg, and is averaging 4.7 assists per game.
Randle now has 1,515 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. He needs eight three-pointers to set the new school record for career three-pointers made. He also needs 45 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists.
The team leader in steals with 29, Christopher is in 10th on the school's career scoring list with 1,434 points, just three points shy of ninth. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.6 rpg.
Senior forward Jamal Boykin is the team rebounding leader at 6.3 rpg. He also boasts a season field goal percentage of 57.9.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.1 6.3F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 5.5 5.5F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 14.0 4.4G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 19.5 4.7 apgG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.5 5.6
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 33-17 record with the Golden Bears and a 580-261 (.689) 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.
Oregon Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon
Oregon is currently on a three-game losing streak, having lost to both Arizona schools last weekend and Oregon State the week before. The Ducks are 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon is a clean 2-0 in road conference games thus far this season. Tajuan Porters leads the Ducks in scoring, averaging 12.8 ppg.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 73-55, including both meetings last season.
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
In his 13th season, The Ernie Kent era has produced seven postseason appearances and four NBA First Round Draft selections. In the 2008-09 season he became the school's all-time wins leader (219), passing Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson to top that list.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 21 Jamil Wilson 6-6 215 Sr 5.4 3.9F 25 E.J. Singler 6-7 255 Fr 5.4 4.2C 33 Michael Dunigan 6-8 225 So 11.8 5.7G 3 Garrett Sim 5-8 185 So 6.2 2.2G 32 Teondre Williams 6-3 190 Fr 8.5 2.9
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Oregon State Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon State
Like the Ducks, Oregon State enters this weekend's action with a conference record of 2-3. The Beavers are 8-9 overall. OSU has won two of its last three after last weekend. Calvin Haynes leads the Beavers in scoring at 11.7 ppg. Seth Tarver is not far behind at 11.6 ppg and a team-leading 4.5 rpg.
Cal-Oregon State Series History
The Bears lead the all-time series. 74-58, but Oregon State won both meetings last season, snapping a seven-game winning streak in the series for the Bears.
Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson
In his first season a year ago, Craig Robinson helped lead a remarkable turnaround that culminated in the Beavers capturing the College Basketball Invitational post-season tournament title with a best-of-three series win over UTEP. With the championship, the Beavers captured the first postseason men's basketball title in school history.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 15 Seth Tarver 6-5 210 Sr 11.6 4.5F 30 Daniel Deane 6-8 245 Jr 4.7 4.2C 10 Roeland Schaftenaar 6-11 240 Sr 8.5 3.9G 5 Josh Tarver 6-3 190 Sr 3.8 1.8G 22 Calvin Haynes 6-2 185 Jr 11.7 1.8
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Golden Bear Notes
Huskies Trounce Bears, 84-69
Cal suffered its second conference loss when it fell to Washington in a Saturday morning contest on Jan. 16 in Seattle. Patrick Christopher came up one point shy of tying his personal best with his 28 points on the day. D.J. Seeley notched a new career high with 11 points. The Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but quickly lost the lead and found themselves down by 21 points at the nine-minute mark in the first half. Jerome Randle was held scoreless in the first half. Although Cal missed 18 free throws, after entering the game with season percentage of 75.0, the 32 made free throws was a season high for the team.
In 14 of the 17 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, with seven of those performances reaching the 80-point mark. The Bears also earned their third 90-point performance on Jan. 14 with 93 at Washington State. 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, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.5 ppg after posting a career-high 39 points against the Cougars on Jan. 14, and Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, came up one point shy of his career high in scoring when he posted 28 at Washington last Saturday. Christopher has also tallied two straight double-doubles earlier this season. After missing six games from a foot injury, Robertson posted two straight 20-point performances against UCLA and USC on Jan. 6 and 9, going 18-for-20 from the free throw line in those two games. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.1 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
Cal Trio Taking Its Place in Cal History
Last season, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each scored their 1,000th career point. Randle now has 1,515 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. Christopher is 10th with 1,434 points, just three shy of ninth. 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 trio of 1,000-point scorers on the team for the second time in school history, after Theo Robertson joined the club with his 24 points against UCLA on Jan. 6. He entered the contest needing only seven points, and he earned the accomplishment early in the second half against the Bruins. This marks the second time that Cal had three 1,000-point scorers on the same team (1987 - Kevin Johnson, David Butler, Chris Washington). Cal now has 39 1,000 point scorers in school history.
Cal's All-Time Scoring Leaders
7. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,5568. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,5159. Russ Critchfield (1966-68) 1,43710. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,43411. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) 1,41312. Keith Smith (1987-90) 1,39813. Ansley Truitt (1970-72) 1,38414. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 1,38232. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,057
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 455 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 three separate games. The first time he notched nine assists, against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State on Dec. 5 and Washington State on Jan. 14. Last season, against Arizona State on Jan. 4, 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 45 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- ) 455
Cal Boasts +5.6 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 649 to 554 margin (38.2 rpg), good for a +5.6 rebounding margin, fourth 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 6.3 rpg, but Patrick Christopher is also snaring an average of 5.6 rpg, and Omondi Amoke is next at 5.5. Markhuri Sanders-Frison got into the mix against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 29, 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 five times thus far this season, with one of those occurrences only by a difference of two (38-36, Nov. 24 vs. Jacksonville) and one was only by a single rebound (35-34, Jan. 6 vs. UCLA).
Cal Top Season Rebounding Margins
1. 1959-60 +11.22. 1968-69 +6.53. 1967-68 +5.84. 2009-10 +5.6
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 career three-point shooting at 43.2 percent (119-275). Randle ranks fifth all-time at 40.9 percent (207-506). Randle's 207 career treys ranks second on Cal's all-time list (Ryan Drew, 214). He and Drew are the only two Cal players to make 200 treys, and Randle became the 32nd player in Pac-10 history to accomplish the feat. Patrick Christopher's 128 career three-pointers have him 10th all-time in career three-pointers made. On Jan. 14 at Washington State, Randle swished seven of his 12 three-point attempts, one shy of his personal high. As a team, Cal had its best three-point shooting percentage of the season at 55.0 (11-20).
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 119 275 .4321. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .4313. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .4134. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .4105. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 207 506 .4096. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .4077. Omar Wilkes (2006-07) 61 151 .404
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 .535 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 84 of the 145 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .579, the 10th best in school history. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.3 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-) 53.5% 293-5477. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
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 at Washington State on Jan. 14 and a perfect 12-for-12 against Detroit on Nov. 11, 7-for-7 vs. Princeton on Nov. 29 and 6-for-6 against USC on Jan. 9. He's currently 76-for-82 on the season (92.7), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is sixth in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. His 330 career free throws ranks ninth all-time in school history. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 79.7 (220-276). Against the Trojans on Jan. 9, as a team, Cal shot 21-for-24 from the free throw line, including Theo Robertson going 9-for-10. Despite missing 18 free throws at Washington last Saturday, Cal still made a season-high 32 free throws out of 50 attempts. Cal's season free throw percentage of 73.5 is currently tied for fourth all-time in school history.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.0% 330-3792. 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- ) 79.7% 220-276
Cal Career Free Throws Made
6. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 3547. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 3388. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) 3379. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 330
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 against Utah Valley on Dec. 28 and Stanford on Jan. 2. Also against the Cardinal, Zhang set his career high in scoring with 13 points. After averaging just 4.5 minutes per game last season, Zhang is currently averaging 13.0 mpg this season. He leads the team with 26 blocks on the season, and is shooting 24-for-38 (63.1) 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.
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 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 New Mexico 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. Gutierrez has been out of the lineup since the conference opener against Stanford with a knee injury.
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 third on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.5 rpg. Amoke paced the Bears on the boards against Washington State on Jan. 14 with seven. He made his first career start against the Cougars, filling in for the injured Markhuri Sanders-Frison, and also started last Saturday at Washington.
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, four of the six teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and New Mexico - were all ranked in the AP Top 20, including Kansas coming in then at No. 1.
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. The Wooden Award All-American team will be announced the week of the 'Elite Eight' round during the NCAA Tournament. 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. Randle was recently included on the midseason candidate list for the Bob Cousy Award.