Cal Looks to Rebound vs. Oregon State and Oregon
Jan. 20, 2009
Looking to get back in the win column after having its nine-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, California (15-3, 4-1) returns home to face Oregon State on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. The Golden Bears suffered their first conference loss of the season at Stanford last Saturday, falling by the score of 75-69. Despite the loss, Cal remains tied for first place in the Pac-10 Conference.
Jamal Boykin recorded a career-high 22 points against Stanford, adding seven rebounds and four assists. The four assists also tied a personal best for Boykin.
Jerome Randle continues to pace the squad with 18.7 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 12 of 18 games. He is dishing out 5.0 apg and owns a team-best 15 steals. Against the Cardinal, Randle secured his 300th assist, part of the seven that he had in the contest. He is just nine assists away from 10th all-time in school history. Randle is also getting close to 1,000 career points, currently standing at 915. Patrick Christopher may get there sooner as his current career point total is 959. They would be the 37th and 38th players in school history to reach 1,000 points.
Christopher cooled off a bit against the Cardinal, collecting nine points, but before that had posted four consecutive 20-point performances and led the Bears in scoring in three of them. He tallied a career-best 27 points and tied his career high in rebounds (11) against Washington on Jan. 10. Christopher is currently averaging 15.7 ppg, which is second best among the Bears.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 47.3 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 58.3 percent (min 1.5 made per game). In addition, Cal's field goal percentage has been at least 50.0 percent in six of its last eight games.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 65.1 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held six opponents to shooting less than 40.0 percent this season, and only two teams were able to shoot 50.0 or higher against Cal.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 230 Jr 9.9 6.2Career-high 22 points at StanfordF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 225 Jr 12.4 4.0No. 1 in the nation in three-point shooting (min 1.5 made per game)C 33 Jordan Wilkes 7-0 225 Jr 4.4 3.7Tied his career high with 11 points against DartmouthG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 160 Jr 18.7 5.0 apgEarned ninth 20-point performance with 23 at WashingtonG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 215 Jr 15.7 3.9
Had four consecutive 20-point performances, including 27 at UW
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 15-3 record with the Golden Bears and a 562-247 (.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.
Oregon State Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon State
Despite knocking off USC at the start of conference play, Oregon State has struggled this season, with the win over the Trojans as its only Pac-10 win thus far. The Beavers are currently in ninth in the Pac-10, and got swept by the Washington schools last weekend in Corvallis, Ore.
Cal-Oregon State Series History
Cal has won the last seven in a row against the Beavers, including an 81-76 win at Haas last season. During the current seven-game winning streak, the Bears beat the Beavers, 70-51, in a Pac-10 Tournament contest in 2007. Cal leads the all-time series, 74-56.
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 30 Daniel Deane 6-8 245 So 7.1 5.1C 10 Roeland Schaftenaar 6-11 240 Jr 7.0 2.8G 11 Rickey Claitt 6-2 175 Sr 7.2 1.5G 15 Seth Tarver 6-5 210 Jr 6.6 4.8G 34 Lathen Wallace 6-3 200 So 6.8 2.0
Oregon Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon
This season has been a bit of a struggle thus for the young Ducks, who only have one junior and no seniors in their starting lineup. Oregon is currently in last place in the Pac-10, the only team yet to earn a conference victory. The Ducks are led by Tajuan Porter is currently averaging 13.2 ppg.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Oregon won both contests last year, including a 92-70 decision when these teams met in Berkeley last season. The last win for the Bears against the Ducks came on Feb. 15, 2007, as Patrick Christopher scored a then-career-best 16 points and Jerome Randle contributed eight points to help give Cal a 63-61 victory. Cal leads the all-time series, 71-55.
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 10.6 3.2F 50 Joevan Catron 6-6 235 Jr 8.8 6.6C 33 Michael Dunigan 6-10 255 Fr 9.8 4.7G 03 Garrett Sim 6-1 175 Fr 9.2 1.8G 34 Kamyron Brown 6-2 170 So 5.6 2.0
Golden Bear Notes
Last Time Out: Cal Slips at Stanford
Despite a career-high 22-point performance from Jamal Boykin, Cal had its nine-game winning streak snapped on the Farm against Stanford. Boykin also tied his personal best with four assists. Theo Robertson set his career high in steals with three to go along with his 17 points. Finishing the contest shooting at 55.2 percent marked the sixth time in the last eight contests in which Cal shot at least 50.0 percent.
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 18.7 ppg this year to lead the Bears. He has nine 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 18 games, including a career-high-tying 26 points vs. Florida State Nov. 29 and vs. Arizona State. Randle is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and has made 47.6 percent of his three-point attempts (40-for-84). In addition, he is 93-for-107 at the free throw line (86.9%).
Hot Shots, Part Trey
Cal is ranked first nationally in three-point shooting, having connected on 47.3 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Theo Robertson is first in the nation in three-point percentage at 58.3 percent (min 1.5 made per game). 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 Robertson, Jerome Randle (47.6 percent), Jamal Boykin (3-for-5) and reserve Eddie Miller (4-for-5) are also shooting well from long distance. On the defensive side of the ball, when the Bears beat Arizona on Jan. 2, the Wildcats were ranked second in the nation before Cal's defense held the Wildcats to just three three-pointers in 13 attempts.
NCAA Three-Point Percentage Leaders (as of 1/20/09)
1. California .473 ( 116/245 )2. Oklahoma State .425 ( 172/405 )3. Cornell .416 ( 138/332 )4. Notre Dame .413 ( 160/387 )5. Southern Illinois .410 ( 121/295 )
Harper's Heating Up
Sophomore F Harper Kamp has been an important factor in Cal's success this season. On Jan. 2 against Arizona, Kamp posted career bests in rebounds (7) and assists (5). The Mesa, Ariz., native is currently averaging 3.4 pg. In the first game of Cal's nine-game winning streak, Kamp had a huge night against Utah on Dec. 10, posting a season-best 12 points. 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 3.5 rpg.
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 12.4 ppg, scoring in double figures 14 times in 18 games, and shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 58.3 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. Against Washington on Jan.10, he tied his career best with nine rebounds, and also swished the game-winning free throw in the third overtime.
Cal's Best Start Since 1959-60
Following their triple-overtime win on Jan. 10, the Bears improved to 15-2 and put together their best start since the 1959-60 campaign, when head coach Pete Newell's charges were 12-1 on Jan. 9 en route to a 28-2 finish as the NCAA runner-up, losing to Ohio State in the championship. The lone regular-season loss was on Jan. 2 at USC. The 1959-60 team had winning streaks of nine and 19 straight games.
Bears Shooting Well, Containing Opponents
Cal is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation in field goal shooting at 49.4 percent. In six of its last eight contests, Cal has shot at least 50.0 percent. The Bears aren't just getting it done offensively, as their defense has been stingy toward their opponents. Stanford and San Francisco are the only teams this season to shoot at least 50.0 percent against the Bears, and Cal has also held six opponents to under 40.0 percent. Against Washington State on Jan. 8, the Bears held the Cougars to just 50 points, the third-lowest point total that Cal has allowed this season. When the Bears and Arizona met on Jan. 2, Cal held the Wildcats to just 55 points. Cal is also ranked No. 16 in assist-turnover ratio at 1.31.
Bears Enjoy Nine-Game Winning Streak
Cal recently enjoyed a nine-game winning streak, on which the Bears went 5-1 in the month of December and opened Pac-10 play at 4-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season, when they won their first seven conference games. The winning streak was the longest since a 19-game winning streak in 1959-60. Within the streak, Cal knocked off then-No. 17 Arizona State, 81-71, captured its 11th Golden Bear Classic championship with wins over Dartmouth and Portland, survived a triple overtime game at Washington and escaped Utah and Washington State with a couple of hard-fought road wins. Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Christopher twice) for their performances during the winning streak. Christopher had four 20-point performances to his credit, and Jamal Boykin collected two double-doubles and a new career high in rebounds (14) at Washington State.
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 and at Washington on Jan. 10. Gutierrez is tied for fifth on the Bears in scoring (4.4 pgg) and second in steals in 18.5 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.
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 18.1 mpg.
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 93-for-107 free throw attempts (86.9%). 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- ) 85.5% 208-2432. 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
Bears Make Top 25 for the First Time in Six Years
For the first time in six years, the California men's basketball team made both the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches polls. The Golden Bears were ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll on Jan. 12. 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.
Boykin Boosts Bears on Boards
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 eight times in the last 16 games, with a career high of 14 at Washington State on Jan. 8. Not only does Boykin have a team-high 70 defensive rebounds, but he also owns a team-best 41 offense boards. On Dec. 10, he led the Bears on the glass with a team-high six rebounds against at Utah. Boykin can also score, posting a career-best 22 points at Stanford last Saturday, producing his first 20-point performance of the season.
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 are Pac-10 bests.
Around the League
James Harden scored 24 points, Jeff Pendergraph added 18 and No. 16 Arizona State rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 9 UCLA 61-58 in overtime Saturday, snapping the Bruins' 10-game winning streak... Daniel Hackett hit one free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining, lifting Southern California to a 65-64 victory over Arizona on Saturday night after the Trojans rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half... Jon Brockman had 16 points and nine rebounds for Washington after the Huskies took charge in the second half of an 85-59 win over Oregon State on Saturday.... Taylor Rochestie scored a career-high 30 points, Aron Baynes added 19 points and 12 rebounds and Washington State defeated Oregon 74-62 Saturday afternoon in McArthur Court, keeping Oregon winless in the Pac-10.
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 to Have 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, will have his number 40 jersey retired in a halftime ceremony Feb. 14 when Cal hosts Stanford in Haas Pavilion. The event will be 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.
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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