Bears Hit the Road to Pacific Northwest

Jan. 6, 2009


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Riding a seven-game winning streak, the longest since 2003, California (13-2, 2-0) hits the road for the next couple weeks, with the first stop being Pullman, Wash., to take on Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears, currently No. 27 in the AP poll, knocked No. 17 Arizona State in their last encounter and decisively defeated Arizona in the Pac-10 opener.

Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle both turned in excellent performances last weekend. Christopher posted back-to-back 20-point performances, while Randle collected his first double-double, recording a career-best 10 assists against the Sun Devils in the process. Christopher is currently averaging 15.0 ppg, which is second best among the Bears. He is also third on the team in rebounds with 56, averaging 3.7 per game.

Harper Kamp is another Bear who has been playing strong as of late. In Cal's last seven games, Kamp has averaged 6.6 pts (46), 4.3 reb (30), while shooting 56% (18-32) in 23.4 minutes of work per game.

The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on just over half of their attempts (50.5%). Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 61.7 percent (min 1.5 made per game), while Randle is No. 3 in the NCAA in the same category at 55.9 percent. In addition, Cal's field goal percentage has been over 50.0 percent in four of its last five games.

Randle paces the squad with 19.5 ppg and has led the Bears in 12 of 15 games, matching his career high with 26 points vs. Florida State on Nov. 29 and vs. Arizona State. He is dishing out 5.1 apg and owns a team-best 14 steals.

On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 64.1 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year.

Probable Starters

POS	NO	NAME	                HT	WT	YR	PPG	RPG
F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 9.5 5.6Career bests in points (19) and rebounds (12) vs. PortlandF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 11.9 3.5No. 1 in the nation in three-point shooting (min 1.5 made per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Jr 4.7 4.0Tied his career high with 11 points against DartmouthG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 19.5 5.1 apgPosted first career double-double vs. Arizona State (26P, 10A)G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 15.0 3.7Averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last weekend

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 13-2 record with the Golden Bears and a 560-246 (.694) 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.

Washington State Scouting Report
A Look at Washington State
Washington State fell to Washington, 68-48, on Jan. 3 in its Pac-10 opener, after finishing the nonconference season at 8-4. Taylor Rochestie led the Cougars, notching a team-high 12 points and also contributing four rebounds. Aron Baynes is currently paving the way for WSU, averaging 11.4 ppg. He also leads his squad in rebounds (76).

Cal-WSU Series History
In their last meeting, on Feb. 28, 2008, the Bears lost to Washington State, 70-49, to split the season series after Cal left Pullman, Wash., earlier in the season with a 69-64 victory. Cal holds the all-time series lead at 68-45.

Washington State Head Coach Tony Bennett
Washington State is coached by Tony Bennett, in his third season at the helm of the Cougars. In his second season after taking the reins from his father, Dick Bennett, the younger Bennett put together his second consecutive 26-win season with a 26-9 mark, tying the school record for wins in a season, while becoming the first WSU head coach to take his team to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.

Probable Starters
POS      NO       NAME                                                          HT             WT            YR              PPG          RPG

F	32 	Daven Harmeling	        6-7	227	Sr	6.8	1.6F	52 	Caleb Forrest	        6-8	223	Sr	6.4	3.3C	11 	Aron Baynes	        6-10	250	Sr	11.4	5.8G	01 	KlayThompson	        6-6	187	Fr	10.9	4.9G	10 	Taylor Rochestie	6-1	193	Sr	10.2	3.7

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Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington
Washington topped its rival Washington State, 68-48, on Jan. 3 in its Pac-10 opener, earning its 10th win of the season in the process. Isaiah Thomas led the Huskies with a game-high 19 points, including 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. Jon Brockman has been paving the way for Washington all season, averaging 16.0 ppg and an impressive 9.7 rpg.

Cal-UW Series History
Cal beat Washington twice last season, including an 84-81 win in the Pac-10 Tournament. On March 1, 2008, the Bears fell to the Huskies by three, 87-84, at Haas Pavilion, after Cal came away with a 79-75 win in Seattle earlier in the season. Cal holds a slim 74-73 lead in the all-time series.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar is in his seventh season as head coach at Washington after directing the team to 109 wins since 2004, the second-best five-year record in school history. UW participated in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, from 2004-06, for just the second time.
Probable Starters
POS     NO       NAME                                                         HT                WT          YR             PPG          RPG

F	0 	Quincy Pondexter	6-6	215	Jr	9.3	5.8F	40 	Jon Brockman	        6-7	255	Sr	16.0	9.7F	44 	Darnell Gant	        6-8	215	Fr	3.8	4.2G	02 	Isaiah Thomas	        5-8	180	Fr	15.1	2.9G	05 	Justin Dentmon	        5-11	185	Sr	12.8	2.5

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Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Cal Beats No. 17 Arizona State
Cal extended its winning streak to seven games when it topped No. 17 Arizona State, 81-71, to move to 2-0 in the Pac-10 season. Patrick Christopher earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after posting 20 points against the Sun Devils. Jerome Randle also tied his career-best point total for the second time this season, putting up 26 points. Randle's 10 assists was also a career high and gave him his first career double-double.

All-Junior Lineup for Bears
With no seniors on the roster, Cal has to look to its junior class for veteran leadership this season, and the Bears are getting just that with an all-junior starting lineup. Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher combined as Cal's starting backcourt virtually all of last year, and the pair is teaming up again in 2008-09. Junior F Jamal Boykin started in 11 of the Bears' final 15 games last season, while Theo Robertson started all 33 games in 2006-07 before missing '07-08 with a hip injury. Only junior C Jordan Wilkes had not had a start prior to this year.

Hot Shots: Jerome Randle Lighting Up the Nets
Jerome Randle, who averaged 11.8 ppg last season, is pouring in 19.5 ppg this year to lead the Bears. He has eight 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 12 times in 15 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. Florida State Nov. 29 and vs. Arizona State. Randle is shooting 54.1 percent from the floor and has made 55.9 percent of his three-point attempts (38-for-68). In addition, he is 83-for-95 at the free throw line (87.4%).

Hot Shots, Part Trey
Cal is ranked first nationally in three-point shooting, having connected on 50.5 percent of its shots from behind the arc. When the Bears beat Arizona, the Wildcats were ranked second in the nation before Cal's defense held the Wildcats to just three three-pointers in 13 attempts. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 61.4 percent (min 1.5 made per game), with Jerome Randle No. 3 in the nation at 55.7 percent. As a team, the Bears have made more than half their attempts a number of times this season, including a 7-for-10 effort at UNLV, an 8-for-12 performance against San Francisco, 7-for-11 at Utah and 7-for-12 against Nevada. In addition to Randle and Robertson, Jamal Boykin (3-for-3) and reserve Eddie Miller (4-for-5) are also shooting well from long distance.
NCAA Three-Point Percentage Leaders (as of 1/5/09)

1. California	.505 ( 98/194 )2. Miami (OH)	        .429 ( 79/184 )3. Air Force	        .425 ( 96/226 )4. Oklahoma State	.422 ( 139/329 )5. Texas State	        .420 ( 110/262 )

Harper's Heating Up
Sophomore F Harper Kamp has been an important factor in Cal's current seven-game winning streak. On Friday, against Arizona, Kamp posted career bests in rebounds (7) and assists (5). The Mesa, Ariz., native is currently averaging 3.8 ppg. In the first game of the winning streak, Kamp had a huge game against Utah on Dec. 10. Kamp posted a season-best 12 points, jumping up from averaging 1.4 ppg to 2.6. In 27 minutes of play, Kamp was 5-for-10 from the floor and collected three rebounds. For the second time this season, Kamp led Cal in rebounds against Arizona State with six. He currently averages 3.6 rpg.

Cal Earns Best Pre-Jan. 1 Win Mark
Having completed the nonconference portion of its schedule with an 11-2 mark, Cal has 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.

Theo Robertson Returns to the Lineup
Theo Robertson is back in the starting lineup after missing all of last year due to preseason hip surgery. Halfway into the 2008-09 campaign, it seems the 6-5 wing is playing as well as ever. He is averaging 11.9 ppg, scoring in double figures 11 times in 15 games, and shooting 48.2 percent from the floor and 61.7 percent from three-point distance, which ranks him first in the nation (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson soared to a career-high 23 points - 19 in the first half - vs. San Francisco on Nov. 18, and swished all 10 of his points against Nevada on Dec. 20 in the final seven minutes of the contest, helping Cal seal the victory.

Gutierrez Quietly Making an Impact
The hustle of freshman G Jorge Gutierrez has been paying off on the scoresheets as of late. Gutierrez earned a season-best three steals and also tied his season best in assists with four at Utah on Dec. 10. He also tallied four assists against Texas-Pan American on Nov. 20. Gutierrez is averaging 17.9 minutes per game of playing time. In 23 minutes of play against Nevada on Dec. 20, Gutierrez posted four points, three rebounds and two assists. He notched eight points against Colgate on Dec. 22 with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Gutierrez is currently averaging 1.6 assists per game 0.80 steals per game, tied for second best on the team.

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 career highs in rebounds (10 vs. DePaul), blocks (2 vs. North Carolina A&T), and tying his career best in points (11 vs. Dartmouth). Wilkes tied his then-season-best point total against Colgate on Dec. 22, putting up eight points. The brother of former Cal guard Omar Wilkes and son of NBA great Jamaal Wilkes has also spent his most time on the floor this season, at 18.8 mpg.

Boykin Boosts Bears on Boards
Jamal Boykin has emerged as Cal's most consistent rebounder this season, averaging 5.6 per game. He has paced the Bears on the glass seven times in the last 13 games, with a new career high of 12 vs. Portland on Dec. 28. Not only does Boykin have a team-high 53 defensive rebounds, but he also owns a team-best 31 offense boards. On Dec. 10, Boykin led the Bears on the glass with a team-high six rebounds against at Utah.

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 83-for-95 free throw attempts (87.4%). Three 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 and 6-for-6 against USF on Nov. 18.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders

1. Jerome Randle (2007- )	85.7%	198-2312. 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%	120-147	

Around the League
Roeland Schaftenaar's three-pointer sent the game into overtime and Oregon State went on to beat USC, 62-58, on Sunday, snapping a 21-game losing streak in Pacific-10 Conference regular-season play...Landry Fields matched his career best with 19 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds as Stanford beat Arizona, 76-60...Darren Collison had 22 points and nine assists, leading ninth-ranked UCLA to an 83-74 victory over Oregon.

Nibs Price to Be Inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Clarence Merle 'Nibs' Price will be Cal's inductee into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during the conference basketball tournament in March. Price, who graduated from Cal in 1914, is the school's all-time winningest basketball coach, having guided the Bears to a 449-294 record from 1924-54. His teams won eight Pacific Coast Conference championships in addition to capturing 12 Southern Division crowns. He led the Bears to 29 consecutive wins over one three-year stretch, including a pair of undefeated seasons, going 14-0 in 1925-26 and 13-0 in 1926-67. Price's 1945-46 squad finished 30-6 overall, setting a Cal record for most wins in a season and advancing to the NCAA Final Four, where the Bears placed fourth. He also served as Cal's football coach from 1926-30 and led the Bears to the 1929 Rose Bowl. Previous Cal inductees into the Hall of Honor are Pete Newell (2002), Kevin Johnson (2003), Jason Kidd (2004), Darrall Imhoff (2005), Andy Wolfe (2006), Russ Critchfield (2007) and Charles Johnson (2008).

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.

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.

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).

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