Cal Completes Homestand Against UCLA and USC
Jan. 5, 2010
California Golden Bears (9-4, 1-0) vs. UCLA Bruins (6-8, 1-1)
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSNBA
California Golden Bears (9-4, 1-0) vs. USC Trojans (10-4, 2-0)
Saturday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSNBA
Riding a three-game winning streak, California continues its five-game homestand with UCLA and USC this week at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears decisively defeated Stanford, 92-66, in the conference opener last Saturday. The Bears and the Bruins will square off on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Senior guard Jerome Randle racked up 24 points against the Cardinal, his second straight 20-point outing. In his last three games, Randle is shooting for 21-for-30 from the field and 11-for-16 from three-point range, averaging 21.0 ppg. Randle now has 1,439 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. Already Cal's career free throw leader, Randle's current season average of 92.3 (60-65) from the charity stripe is the best single-season percentage in school history, and currently ranks ninth in the nation.
Also against Stanford, sophomore center Max Zhang recorded a new career high in scoring with 13 points. He also swatted away three blocks for the third time this season. He leads the team with 21 on the season.
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, with two 90-point games. The one game the Bears didn't reach 70 points, they scored 69 at Kansas on Dec. 22. Cal's season scoring average of 80.4 ppg ranks second all-time in the history of the program. Defensively, Cal has held eight of its last nine 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. 18. The Bears are also No. 8 in the Pomeroy rankings and No. 23 in the Sagarin poll. Three of the four teams Cal lost to are currently in the AP Top 20 - No. 1 Kansas, No. 7 Syracuse, and No. 15 New Mexico. The other Cal loss was to Ohio State, which just fell out of the Top 25 this week.
Cal has outrebounded 10 of its 13 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 39.5 rpg and sporting a rebounding margin of +7.4 that ranks second all-time in school history.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.6 6.8Snagged a career best 15 rebounds at KansasC 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 3.1 4.3Led the Bears with 10 rebounds vs. UC Santa BarbaraG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 19.6 4.9 apgRacked up 24 points and seven assists vs. StanfordF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 12.9 3.6Just seven points shy of 1,000 career pointsG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.2 5.4Named 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 31-15 record with the Golden Bears and a 578-259 (.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.
UCLA Scouting Report
A Look at UCLA
UCLA comes to Berkeley with an overall record of 6-8 and a Pac-10 record of 1-1 after having split last weekend's series against Arizona and Arizona State. Prior to losing to the Wildcats last Saturday, the Bruins had won their last three in a row. Malcolm Lee leads UCLA in scoring, averaging 14.6 ppg. Michael Roll isn't far behind at 13.2 ppg.
Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series 130-95, including a victory last season at Haas Pavilion when ESPN GameDay came to Cal. The last time the Bears beat the Bruins in Berkeley was in the 2003-04 season.
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
Entering his seventh year as the Bruins' head coach in 2009-10, Howland has led UCLA to three straight Pacific-10 Conference titles (2006-08) and three consecutive Final Four appearances (2006-08). Last year, Howland guided the Bruins to a 26-9 overall record and a 13-5 league mark to place second in the Pac-10.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 11 Reeves Nelson 6-8 228 Fr 10.1 6.0F 41 Nikola Dragovic 6-9 225 Sr 10.4 5.4G 3 Malcolm Lee 6-4 190 So 14.6 4.7G 5 Jerime Anderson 6-2 174 So 6.3 2.0G 20 Michael Roll 6-5 200 Sr 13.2 2.4
For more information: http://www.uclabruins.com/
USC Scouting Report
A Look at USC
USC is 10-4 on the season and a clean 2-0 in conference play heading into this weekend's action. The Trojans have won their last eight in a row, including wins over both Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. Having played just six games thus far, transfer Mike Gerrity is averaging a team-best 12.5 ppg. Nikola Vucevic is right behind Gerrity at 12.4 ppg. Vucevic is also the team's leading rebounder, averaging 9.6 rpg.
Cal-USC Series History
Cal leads the all-time series by a slim margin of 126-118. Cal and USC met three times last season with each team winning on their home court and the Trojans emerging victorious when they met in the Pac-10 Tournament.
USC Head Coach Kevin O'Neill
Kevin O'Neill, a former head coach of the Arizona Wildcats, brings 13 years of collegiate and NBA head coaching experience and has worked in the coaching ranks for 30 years. Last year, he served as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 0 Marcus Johnson 6-6 210 Sr 10.3 5.4F 1 Alex Stepheson 6-9 235 Jr 9.9 8.4C 5 Nikola Vucevic 6-10 240 So 12.4 9.6G 21 Dwight Lewis 6-5 215 Sr 12.1 2.5G 44 Mike Gerrity 6-1 180 Sr 12.5 3.3
For more information: www.usctrojans.com
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Cruise Past Stanford, 92-66
Cal's 26-point victory over Stanford on Jan. 2 at Haas Pavilion was the largest in nearly 24 years. On Feb. 15, 1986, the Bears defeated the Cardinal, 81-53. The 92 points is the most Cal has scored against Stanford since March 5, 1977, when they beat the Cardinal, 101-91. Jerome Randle boasted 24 points on just 11 shots, while Max Zhang set a new career high in scoring with 13 points. The Bears shot 59.6 percent (34-57) from the field, the highest field goal percentage since January 24, 2009, when they shot 66.7 percent (30-45).
Cal Boasts +7.4 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 513 to 417 margin (39.5 rpg), good for a +7.4 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 6.8 rpg, but Omondi Amoke is also snaring an average of 6.1 rpg. 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 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 +7.43. 1968-69 +6.54. 1967-68 +5.8
The Bears have had no trouble lighting up the scoreboards this season. In 12 of the 13 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 second 90-point performance last Saturday with 92 against Stanford. Their season scoring average of 80.4 currently ranks second 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 19.6 ppg, and Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, had scored 106 points in his previous five games before last Saturday (20, 22, 21, 18, 25), averaging 21.2 ppg in those five games. Christopher has also tallied two straight double-doubles on the season. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.6 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. 2009-10 80.43. 1994-95 79.94. 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 1,439 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. Christopher is 14th with 1,365 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 seven 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. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,4399. Russ Critchfield (1966-68) 1,43710. 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- ) 1,365
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 fourth all-time at 41.2 percent (197-478). Randle's 197 career treys ranks second on Cal's all-time list (Ryan Drew, 214). Patrick Christopher's 125 career three-pointers have him ninth all-time in career three-pointers made. On Dec. 29 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. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 197 478 .4125. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .4106. 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, three of the four teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse and New Mexico - are currently ranked in the AP Top 20, with the Jayhawks coming in at No. 1, the Orange at No. 7 and New Mexico at No. 15. Cal's other loss came against Ohio State, which just fell out of the AP Top 25 this week.
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 .532 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 69 of the 117 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 59.0, which ranks 15th in the nation right now. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.8 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-) 53.2% 282-5307. 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 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 60-for-65 on the season (92.3), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is ninth in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 79.2 (198-250).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.7% 314-3622. 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- ) 79.2% 198-250
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 13.4 mpg this season. He leads the team with 21 blocks on the season, and is shooting 22-for-35 (62.9) 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.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 438 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list. On the season, Randle is averaging 4.9 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 62 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- ) 438
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 6.1 rpg. Amoke has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 26 of his 33 attempts from the charity stripe.
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.