Cal Embarks on Four-Game Road Trip Starting at Arizona State
Jan. 26, 2010
California Golden Bears (13-6, 5-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (14-6, 4-3)
Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m. (PT), Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CSN Calif.
California Golden Bears (13-6, 5-2) at Arizona Wildcats (10-9, 4-3)
Sunday, Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. (PT), McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: Fox Sports Net/CSN Bay Area
California begins a four-game road trip this week as the first-place team in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears won both meetings against Oregon and Oregon State last week, and now head to Arizona to face Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. (PT) and Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m. (PT).
Cal held on to a 65-61 victory against the Beavers last Saturday. Senior forward Theo Robertson nailed a key three-pointer and swished two game-clinching free throws in the final two minutes of the game to extinguish Oregon State's late run. Robertson and senior guard Jerome Randle led the Bears in scoring with 14 points each.
The team leader in steals with 32, senior guard Patrick Christopher is ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,463 points. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.3 ppg and third in rebounding at 5.5 rpg. Christopher is also on pace to set the school record for most games played in a career. Randle is in eighth with 1,540 points. He needs seven three-pointers to set the new school record for career three-pointers made. He also needs 36 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists.
Randle's 336 career free throws ranks ninth all-time in school history, just one shy of eighth and two away from seventh. He also leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.7 ppg, and is averaging 4.7 assists per game.
Cal has split the season series with Arizona State the past five years. The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak in the all-time series with Arizona with their two victories over the Wildcats last season. Randle scored his then-career-best 31 points with a personal-high eight three-pointers in the meeting at Tucson last season.
With sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez returning to action last Saturday after recovering from a knee injury, Cal seeks to finally get its team back to full health in time for the second half of the conference slate.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.1 6.3Snagged a career best 15 rebounds at KansasF 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 5.6 5.6Posted a game-high 11 rebounds vs. OregonF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 14.3 4.5Earned his 1,000th career point vs. UCLA, part of his 24 on the nightG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 18.7 4.7 apgSet new career in scoring with 39 points at Washington StateG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.3 5.5Came up one point shy of a new career high at Washington (28 points)
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 35-17 record with the Golden Bears and a 582-261 (.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.
Arizona State Scouting Report
A Look at Arizona State
Arizona State welcomes Cal this week in second place in the conference. The Sun Devils had a four-game winning streak snapped last week when Arizona beat ASU last Saturday, 77-58. Rihards Kuksiks leads the Sun Devils in scoring, averaging 13.0 ppg. Eric Boateng leads ASU in rebounding at 6.3 rpg.
Cal-Arizona State Series History
The Sun Devils lead the all-time series. 35-32, with the home team winning both meetings last year. These teams have split the season series for the past five seasons.
Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek
Entering his third season at the helm for ASU, Herb Sendek has led the Sun Devils to back-to-back 20-win seasons. In his first season, Sendek helped ASU win a school record 15 home games, one year after ASU endured a 15-game losing streak and a 2-16 Pac-10 record.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 30 Rihards Kuksiks 6-6 210 Jr 13.0 3.4C 2 Eric Boateng 6-10 257 Sr 7.4 6.3G 3 Ty Abbott 6-3 207 Jr 10.1 3.6G 12 Derek Glasser 6-1 190 Sr 10.4 2.5G 24 Trent Lockett 6-4 211 Fr 7.4 3.5
For more information: thesundevils.cstv.com
Arizona Scouting Report
A Look at Arizona
Arizona has won three of its last four, including wins over Washington and at Arizona State last Saturday. Derrick Williams leads the Wildcats in scoring at 15.6 ppg, and Nic Wise is right behind Williams at 15.3 ppg. Jamelle Horne leads Arizona in rebounding at 6.4 rpg.
Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona leads the all-time series at 51-27, but Cal won both meetings last season. Jerome Randle posted a then-career high 31 points, including a personal-best eight three-pointers, at Arizona last season. When the Bears defeated the Wildcats in last season's first meeting in Berkeley, it snapped a four-game winning streak for Arizona in the series.
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
Before coming to Arizona for his first season this year, Sean Miller completed five seasons as head coach at Xavier in 2008-09 with his fourth consecutive 20-victory season and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. His clubs won the last three Atlantic-10 Conference regular-season championships.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 23 Derrick Williams 6-8 235 Fr 15.6 7.1G 3 Kevin Parrom 6-6 205 Fr 3.7 3.4G 13 Nic Wise 5-10 180 Sr 15.3 3.3G 21 Kyle Fogg 6-3 185 So 10.8 3.1G 42 Jamelle Horne 6-7 215 Jr 11.2 6.4
For more information: www.arizonawildcats.com
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Hold Off Beavers, 65-61It was a tale of two halves when Cal held on to defeat Oregon State, 65-61, at Haas Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Bears and Beavers went into halftime tied at 28, as neither team shot well from the floor. A 15-6 run at the start of the second half gave Cal a decent lead that it held on to for most of the half. OSU made it close at the end of the game, cutting the deficit down to two (63-61), but the Bears held on for the win. It was Cal's first win over the Beavers in two years, but the Bears had won the previous seven meetings. Theo Robertson and Jerome Randle led the Bears in scoring with 14 points each, and Randle also added five assists.
In 15 of the 19 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, with eight 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 79.1 currently ranks fourth 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 18.7 ppg after posting a career-high 39 points against Washington State 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 21 points against Oregon last Thursday, all in the first half. 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. He chipped in 18 against the Ducks, as well. 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. 1992-93 79.34. 2009-10 79.15. 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 1,540 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. Christopher is ninth with 1,463 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 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
6. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,6087. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,5568. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,5409. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,46328. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,089
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 464 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 36 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- ) 464
Cal Boasts +5.3 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 723 to 622 margin (38.1 rpg), good for a +5.3 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 Omondi Amoke is also snaring an average of 5.6 rpg, and Patrick Christopher 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.
Cal Top Season Rebounding Margins
1. 1959-60 +11.22. 1968-69 +6.53. 1967-68 +5.84. 2009-10 +5.3
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.8 percent (124-283). Jerome Randle ranks seventh all-time at 40.2 percent (208-517). Randle's 208 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 132 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- ) 124 283 .4381. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .4313. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .4134. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .4105. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .4076. Omar Wilkes (2006-07) 61 151 .4047. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 208 517 .402
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .537 ranks fifth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 93 of the 160 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .581, 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
3. Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) 56.1% 349-6224. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 53.8% 576-1,0715. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 53.7% 302-5626. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,0827. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
7. Brian Hendrick (1990) 59.3% 175-2958. Leonard Taylor (1987) 59.2% 87-1479. Roy Fisher (1989) 58.7% 135-23010. Jamal Boykin (2010) 58.1% 93-160
Missing in Action
For the majority of this season, Cal hasn't been at 100 percent health. The Bears have been dealing with injuries and illnesses all season. Theo Robertson missed six games during the nonconference schedule because of a sore foot and Jorge Gutierrez missed five games at the start of conference play with a knee injury. Gutierrez was also one of a number of players who played with the flu earlier this season. Markhuri Sanders-Frison was another player who had the flu earlier this season, and now, Sanders-Frison is dealing with a sore back. Jerome Randle hasn't missed a game, but has battled the flu and a sore knee in recent weeks. In addition, the Bears have been without Harper Kamp for the entire season, as he's still recuperating from offseason knee surgery. Despite all the setbacks, Cal currently sits in first place in the Pac-10.
Jerome Randle Almost Perfect at the Line
Cal's all-time leader in career free throw percentage entering last season, senior Jerome Randle boasts a career percentage of 87.2 (336-385). Last season Randle made 139 of his 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. He's currently 82-for-88 on the season (93.2), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is fifth in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. His 336 career free throws ranks ninth all-time in school history, just one shy of eighth and two away from seventh. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 80.0 (225-281). 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 on Jan. 16, Cal still made a season-high 32 free throws out of 50 attempts. Cal's season free throw percentage of 73.0 is currently sixth all-time in school history.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.2% 336-3852. 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- ) 80.0% 225-281
Cal Career Free Throws Made
6. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 3547. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 3388. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) 3379. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 336
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 12.9 mpg this season. He leads the team with 27 blocks on the season, and is shooting 25-for-40 (62.5) 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
One of Cal's toughest defenders, Jorge Gutierrez snagged two steals and was a clean 2-for-2 from the three-point line in the 2009 season-opening victory against Murray State on Nov. 9. 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. 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 returned to action against Oregon State last Saturday after suffering a knee injury in the conference opener on Jan. 2.
In the rankings
After briefly enjoying an AP ranking of No. 13 at the start of the season, Cal slipped out of the Top 25 after a couple early-season losses to ranked teams, but the Bears still maintain an RPI ranking of No. 26 and a ranking of 22nd in the pomeroy rankings. Playing in a conference that's considered to be having a 'down' year, the Bears currently have a Strength of Schedule ranking of third in the nation. All four of Cal's nonconference losses came against teams that were in the Top 20 at that time.
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 reached double figures in rebounding against Oregon on Jan. 21 with a game-high of 11. He is second on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.6 rpg. Amoke paced the Bears on the boards against Washington State on Jan. 14 with seven, as well as against the Ducks with 11. He made his first career start against the Cougars, filling in for the injured Markhuri Sanders-Frison, and has started the last four games.
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.