No. 13 Cal Heads to MSG to Face No. 25 Syracuse
Nov. 16, 2009
California Golden Bears (2-0) vs. Syracuse Orange (2-0)
Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:00 p.m. (PT), Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPN2
No. 13 California heads to New York this week for the championship rounds of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. This marks the first time the Golden Bears will be playing in Madison Square Garden since they won the NIT Championship in 1999. Cal will face No. 25 Syracuse on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. (PT). The winner will play the winner of No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Ohio State on Friday, Nov. 20.
The Bears, who were picked to win the Pac-10 in the conference media poll that came out on Oct. 29, got their season off on the right foot with two victories last week in the regional round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Seniors Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson each posted game highs of 22 points, while fellow senior Patrick Christopher chipped in 18. Randle moved up to 17th on the school's all-time scoring list, just 12 points shy of Ryan Anderson for 16th. Christopher is tied for 19th with 1,185 points. Twelve of Randle's 22 points came from the free throw line. He ended the night a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe. Currently the best free-throw shooter in school history with a career percentage of 86.2, Randle has made his first 22 out of 23 free throws this season. Thursday's game will be the 100th career collegiate game for Randle.
Last season's top rebounder on the team, senior forward Jamal Boykin, currently leads this year's squad with an average of 7.5 rpg. Boykin had a game-high 10 rebounds vs. Detroit on Nov. 11.
Making his first two starts as a Bear, junior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, a transfer from South Plains College, made his presence felt immediately, snaring a team-best seven rebounds against Murray State on Nov. 9. Sanders-Frison scored six points in each of the first two games.
One of the major contributing factors to Cal's 20-win campaign in 2008-09 was its three-point shooting. Against Detroit on Nov. 11, Robertson connected on two treys, while Christopher drilled one of his own to cap off an 11-0 run in the second half.Sophomore center Max Zhang had a career game against Detroit. Zhang, the tallest player in school history at 7-3, scored a career-best seven points and four rebounds.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 7.0 7.5F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 18.0 4.0C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 6.0 6.5G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 20.0 3.5 apgG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 15.5 3.5
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 24-11 record with the Golden Bears and a 571-255 (.691) 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.
Syracuse Scouting Report
A Look at No. 25 Syracuse
Syracuse is 2-0 after posting a 40-point victory over Robert Morris on Nov. 11. The Orange defeated Albany, 75-43, in the season opener. Arinze Onuaku is the Orange's early season leader in scoring, averaging 14.0 ppg through the first two contests. Wes Johnson has collected 11 rebounds and 10 steals, as well. Last season, Syracuse finished with an overall record of 28-10 and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Cal-Syracuse Series History
This will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and Syracuse.
Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim
Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim has had a remarkable 33-year run as head coach at his alma mater. Boeheim has guided only winning teams in his tenure and has pushed the Orange into the postseason in all but one of his years. SU has made 25 trips into the NCAA Tournament, including Final Four appearances in 1987, 1996 and 2003, and the NCAA championship in 2003.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 21 Arinze Onuaku 6-9 261 Sr 14.0 4.5F 4 Wes Johnson 6-7 205 Jr 13.5 5.5F 00 Rick Jackson 5-10 160 So 10.0 5.0G 1 Andy Rautins 6-4 195 Sr 11.0 3.0G 25 Brandon Triche 6-4 198 Fr 10.0 3.5
For more information: www.suathletics.com
North Carolina Scouting Report
A Look at No. 6 North Carolina
North Carolina won the 2009 national championship with an 89-72 win over Michigan State in the national final. In 2009-10, the Tar Heels are 3-0 heading into this week's play, including a dominating 89-42 victory over North Carolina Central on Nov. 11.
Cal-North Carolina History
North Carolina is 4-1 all-time vs. Cal. In 1997, the Tar Heels eliminated the Bears from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 in Syracuse. Cal beat North Carolina in the last meeting, 78-71, in Oakland in the 1998-99 season.
North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams
Hall of Fame head coach Roy Williams has won two NCAA titles in his five seasons at UNC. Among the other five-year accolades, Williams has earned three Final-Four trips, four NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds, five Top 10 Associated Press final rankings.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 21 Deon Thompson 6-9 245 Sr 17.7 8.3F 32 Ed Davis 6-10 225 So 11.7 8.3F 13 Will Graves 6-6 240 Jr 6.3 3.3G 11 Larry Drew II 6-2 180 So 8.3 1.7G 1 Marcus Ginyard 6-5 210 Sr 11.3 2.0
For more information: http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/
Ohio State Scouting Report
A Look at No. 16 Ohio State
The Buckeyes got their season off to a 2-0 start with two wins over Alcorn State and James Madison. Evan Turner leads Ohio State in scoring right now with 19.0 ppg and 17.0 rpg. Last season, Ohio State finished 22-11 overall, boasted an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament title game and a trip to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Cal-Ohio State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series, 9-8, but Ohio State won the last meeting in 2008. The Buckeyes defeated the Bears, 73-56, in the second round of the 2008 NIT in Columbus. Cal lost to Ohio State in Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Championship third-place game in 1946, 63-45.
Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta
In nine years as a collegiate head coach, Matta has produced 20 or more victories each year which includes three years at Xavier (78-23) and one at Butler (24-8). As a Buckeye, Matta has more wins than any previous Ohio State head coach after five seasons on the job.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgG 21 Evan Turner 6-7 205 Jr 19.0 17.0G 44 William Buford 6-5 190 So 15.5 3.0G 33 Jon Diebler 6-6 205 Jr 14.5 3.0G 23 David Lighty 6-5 220 Jr 11.0 2.5C 15 Kyle Madsen 6-9 240 Sr 5.0 4.0
For more information: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com
Golden Bear Notes
Second-Half Run Propels Bears Past Detroit, 95-61
Between two 22-point efforts from Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson, Cal topped Detroit, 95-61, on Nov. 11, in the second game of the Berkeley Regional of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Leading by just eight points five and a half minutes into the second half, the Bears went on an 11-0 run capped off by two treys from Robertson to take a double-digit lead that they would never relinquish. Jamal Boykin led Cal on the boards with a game-high 10 rebounds. Patrick Christopher was the third Bear to reach double figures in scoring, posting 18.
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. 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.
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.
Back to the Garden Since the 1999 NIT Championship
The last time Cal visited Madison Square Garden, the Bears won the 1999 NIT Championship. Cal edged past Clemson in the final, 61-60, after defeating Oregon in the semifinals, 85-69. In other trips to Madison Square Garden, Cal was defeated by Ohio State in the 1946 NCAA Championship third-place game, 63-45. In December of 1957, Cal participated in the Holiday Festival at MSG, finishing 2-1, with victories over Dayton (60-55) and New York University (96-65), and a loss to Temple (69-59). While at Stanford, Mike Montgomery won the Coaches vs. Classic in 1999 defeating Iowa, 72-58, in the final.
Theo for Three-O
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 in Cal leading the nation in that category for all of last season. Individually, he ranked ranked fourth in the nation, after topping the chart for most of the season. Robertson is back to his old tricks again so far in 2009-10. In the two games played last week, Robertson finished a combined 4-for-6. Two of those treys capped off an 11-0 run by Cal against Detroit in the second half to a secure a double-digit lead that the Bears never gave up. Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for three-point shooting at an even 44.0 percent (110-250). Randle ranks sixth all-time at 40.6 percent (162-399). His 162 treys ranks third all-time in school history.
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. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .4105. R. Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .4076. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 162 399 .406
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, making him 22-for-23 on the season. Patrick Christopher is also in the top 10 in this category. Christopher currently sits eighth on the chart with a percentage of 80.0 (181-226).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.2% 276-3202. 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% 181-226
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. With his 22 points on Nov. 11, Randle moved up to 17th on the school's all-time scoring list; just 12 points shy of Ryan Anderson for 16th. Christopher is tied for 19th with 1,185 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 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
14. Dave Butler (1983-87) 1,29115. Brian Wethers (2000-03) 1,23916. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 1,23617. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,224T19. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,185
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 381 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands seventh on the school's all-time list. 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 last week. Randle currently ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart with 165 assists last season. If he records 119 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
5. Butch Hays (1981-84) 3966. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 3867. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 381
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 .522 ranks sixth all-time in school history. On Nov. 9 against Murray State, Boykin had 12 points and five rebounds, and he collected 10 boards vs. Detroit on Nov. 11.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,0826. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 52.2% 225-4317. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
Cal's Non-Conference Success at Haas Pavilion
With a 9-0 record in Haas Pavilion last year, and a 2-0 record thus far this season, Cal has now won 33 of its last 35 non-conference home games at home. In 2007-08, the Bears were 8-1 in Berkeley against teams outside the Pac-10, including a 68-66 victory over New Mexico in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. Looking back further, Cal was 6-1 outside the conference at home in 2006-07 and 6-0 in 2005-06.