Cal Welcomes Arizona Schools For Final Homestand
Feb. 23, 2010
California Golden Bears (18-9, 10-5) vs. Arizona Wildcats (13-13, 7-7)
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPN
California Golden Bears (18-9, 10-5) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (18-8, 9-5)
Saturday, Feb. 27, 12 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSN Bay Area
Heading home for the final homestand of the season, California is holding on to its first place lead in the Pac-10 with a half-game lead over Arizona State. Coincidently, the Golden Bears welcome the Arizona schools this weekend to Haas Pavilion. Cal and Arizona will square off on Thursday at 6 p.m. It could be a memorable weekend for the Bears who could clinch at least a share of their first Pac-10 title in 50 years with a weekend sweep.
Last Saturday at Oregon, the Bears won their final game ever at McArthur Court, with a 64-49 victory over the Ducks. Senior forward Theo Robertson and senior guard Jerome Randle paced Cal with 16 points each. Robertson lead the Bears in scoring in both games last weekend.
Randle moved into second on Cal's all-time career scoring list with 1,702 points, becoming just the second player in school history to record 1,700 points. Sean Lampley is Cal's current all-time scorer with 1,776 points. After reaching 600 points a year ago, Randle currently boasts 518 points this season. Randle also needs six assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists, and he is currently tied with Jason Kidd for third all-time.
Sophomore center Max Zhang had not been seeing a whole lot of playing time in recent weeks, but he gave Cal a huge boost off the bench at Oregon last Saturday. In just five minutes of work, Zhang produced eight points, including going 4-for-5 from the free throw line, a rebound and a block.
The team leader in steals with 47, Christopher is eighth on the school's career scoring list with 1,582 points. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 15.9 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.4 rpg. If Christopher plays the rest of the games this season, he will set the school record for most games played at Cal. He needs four more steals to crack the school's single-season top 10 list in that category.
In addition to currently sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, Cal also has a Strength of Schedule ranking of No. 9 and an RPI ranking of No. 23.
*The Cal-Stanford game on March 6 will tip-off at 3 p.m. and be televised on Fox Sports Net*
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.2 6.5Earned his 11th career double-double vs. Washington StateF 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 4.7 4.7Posted a game-high 11 rebounds vs. OregonF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 13.9 4.7Paced the Bears in scoring in both games last weekG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 19.2 4.4 apgPut up 33 points vs. Washington, 2nd 30-point game of seasonG 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 15.9 5.4Scored his 1,500th point at USC on Feb. 4
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 40-20 record with the Golden Bears and a 587-264 (.689) 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 picked Montgomery to be this season's coach of the year.
Arizona Scouting Report
A Look at Arizona
Arizona failed to complete the season sweep against its rival Arizona State last Saturday, as the Sun Devils beat the Wildcats, 73-69, in Tucson, Ariz. Coming in at 13-13, 7-7, Arizona is led by Derrick Williams and Nic Wise who are averaging 15.4 and 15.0 ppg, respectively.
Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona leads the all-time series at 52-27, with Cal winning both meetings last season. The Wildcats, however, won the first meeting this season in Tucson, 76-72, due to 30 points from Nic Wise.
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 15.4 6.8G 3 Kevin Parrom 6-6 205 Fr 4.5 4.3G 13 Nic Wise 5-10 180 Sr 15.0 3.3G 21 Kyle Fogg 6-3 185 So 10.5 3.0G 42 Jamelle Horne 6-7 215 Jr 10.0 5.8
For more information: www.arizonawildcats.com
Arizona State Scouting Report
A Look at Arizona State
Arizona State knocked off Arizona last Saturday, 73-69, in Tucson, Ariz. The Sun Devils (18-8, 9-5) enter this weekend's play just a half game behind the Bears for first place in the Pac-10. Ty Abbott leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 12.5 ppg.
Cal-Arizona State Series History
The Sun Devils lead the all-time series. 35-33, with the home team winning both meetings last year. Cal won the first meeting this season in Tempe by a score of 78-70. In that game, Jamal Boykin recorded a new career high in scoring with his 25 points, half of his third double-double of the season (10 rebounds).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 12.1 3.1C 2 Eric Boateng 6-10 257 Sr 8.1 6.6G 3 Ty Abbott 6-3 207 Jr 12.5 4.5G 12 Derek Glasser 6-1 190 Sr 10.1 2.4G 24 Trent Lockett 6-4 211 Fr 7.6 3.6
For more information: thesundevils.cstv.com
Golden Bear Notes
Cal Wins its Final Game at Mac Court, Hold Ducks Under 50 Points
Despite just scoring 24 points in the first half, Cal came out of the gate strong in the second half, going on a 15-4 to give itself a cushion and an eventual 64-49 victory over Oregon last Saturday at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. It was Cal's final game ever at Mac Court. While Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson led the Bears with 16 points, it was Max Zhang who really gave the Bears the shot in the arm that they needed. In just five minutes of work, Zhang produced eight points, including going 4-for-5 from the free throw line, a rebound and a block. Jamal Boykin reached double figures in rebounding for the seventh time this season with his 10 boards. Defensively, Cal held Oregon without a field goal for the final 10:33 of the game.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 494 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands tied for third with Jason Kidd on the school's all-time list. On the season, Randle is averaging 4.4 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, and he has 120 this season. If he records six 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) 4943. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 494
In 20 of the 27 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, with 10 of those performances reaching the 80-point mark. The Bears also earned their fourth 90-point performance on Feb. 11 against Washington (93). A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.2 ppg. He posted a career-high 39 points at Washington State on Jan. 14, and 33 against the Huskies two weeks ago, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week and USBWA Player of the Week honors in the process. He also posted 29 points at USC on Feb. 4. 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 on Jan. 16. Christopher also tallied 21 points against Arizona State on Jan. 28. 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 recorded a career-best 27 points at Arizona on Jan. 31, including going 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He earned his 10th career 20-point outing at UCLA on Feb. 6, posting 20 points. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.2 ppg with three 20-point efforts on the season, including a career high of 25 points at Arizona State, half of his third double-double of the season (10 rebounds). He earned his fourth and fifth double-doubles of the season two weeks ago, and now boasts 11 in his career.
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 1,702 career points and currently stands in second on the school's all-time scoring list, becoming just the second player in school history to record 1,700 points. Christopher is eighth with 1,582 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
1. Sean Lampley (1998-01) 1,7762. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,7023. Lamond Murray (1992-94) 1,6886. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 1,6547. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,6088. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,58220. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,194
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.4 percent (139-320). Jerome Randle ranks sixth all-time at 40.6 percent (236-580). Randle's 236 career treys ranks first on Cal's all-time list, as he passed Ryan Drew (214) on Feb. 4 at USC. 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. In addition, Randle also surpassed Drew for the school record in career three-point attempts. Patrick Christopher's 146 career three-pointers place him seventh 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). On Feb. 13, Randle drilled six of his nine tries. With Robertson's three treys last Thursday at Oregon State, now Randle, Robertson and Christopher all rank in the top 10 on the school's career three-point field goals made list.
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 139 320 .4342. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .4316. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 236 580 .406
Cal Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. Jerome Randle (2007 - ) 2366. Randy Duck (1994-97) 1537. Patrick Christopher (2007 - ) 1468. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 1398. Theo Robertson (2006 - ) 139
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .544 ranks fourth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 129 of the 219 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .589, ninth best in school history and ranks third in the conference. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.5 rpg. He posted back-to-back double-doubles two weeks ago. Boykin notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds), his second on Dec. 22 at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds), his third on Jan. 28 at Arizona State with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth on Feb. 11 against Washington (20 points, 11 rebounds) and his fifth on Feb. 13 against Washington State (18 points, 11 rebounds). He reached a career high in rebounding with 15 boards at Kansas. Against Princeton on Nov. 29, Boykin tied his then-personal best in scoring with 22 points. On Nov. 19 against Syracuse, Boykin posted 14 points and led the Bears on the boards with eight. He led all players with 10 rebounds at Oregon last Saturday.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
3. Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) 56.1% 349-6224. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 54.4% 338-6215. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 53.8% 576-1,0716. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
6. Solomon Hughes (2002) 59.4% 95-1607. Brian Hendrick (1990) 59.3% 175-2958. Leonard Taylor (1987) 59.2% 87-1479. Jamal Boykin (2010) 58.9% 129-219
Hip Hip Jorge
One of Cal's toughest defenders, Jorge Gutierrez had a huge game for the Bears against Washington State on Feb. 13, earning career highs in scoring (15) and assists (6). His strong defensive effort helped slow down Klay Thompson and the Cougar offense in the second half, as well. He earned his first collegiate start against Syracuse on Nov. 19, filling in for the injured Theo Robertson. Against Kansas on Dec. 22, Gutierrez notched a then-personal-high five assists. After suffering a knee injury in the conference opener on Jan. 2, Gutierrez returned to action against Oregon State on Jan. 23. On Jan. 28 at Arizona State, Gutierrez only made one shot out of five attempts, but it was a big shot for the Bears. After the Sun Devils cut Cal's lead from 16 down to just one point, Gutierrez hit a huge three-pointer in the corner to give the Bears' a four-point lead and silence the ASU rally. On Feb. 4 at USC, Gutierrez tied his career best in rebounds with eight. He earned his third double-figure game of the season with 10 points vs. Washington on Feb. 11.
Facing Stiff Competition
While the Bears have slipped out of the Top 25, after earning a preseason ranking of No. 13, 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. The Jayhawks also currently boast the nation's top RPI ranking with Syracuse closely behind them at No. 4 and New Mexico at No. 10. In the current AP Top 10, Kansas is ranked No. 1, Syracuse is No. 4 and Ohio State is ninth.
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. 23 and a ranking of 23rd 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 ninth in the nation. All four of Cal's nonconference losses came against teams that were in the Top 20 at that time, including at No. 1 Kansas.
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 87.3 (358-410). 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 104-for-113 on the season (92.0), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. His 358 career free throws rank sixth all-time in school history. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently tied for eighth on the chart with a percentage of 80.9 (246-304). Cal set the school single-game record for free throws made without a miss against Arizona State on Jan. 28, shooting a perfect 14-for-14. The previous record was also 100 percent, but the Bears shot 12-for-12 in that contest back in 2007. 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. Robertson also was a perfect 10-for-10 at Arizona on Jan. 31. Despite missing 18 free throws at Washington on Jan. 16, Cal still made a season-high 32 free throws out of 50 attempts. On Feb. 11 against Washington, the Bears were 25-for-27 from the charity stripe. Jamal Boykin has also been a solid contributor from the free throw line, posting a current season average of 84.9 (45-53).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.3% 358-4102. 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. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 80.9% 246-304
Cal Career Free Throws Made
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 3976. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 358
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. Markhuri Sanders-Frison is nursing a sore back that caused him to miss Cal's two games in Arizona, although he returned to action at USC. Jerome Randle hasn't missed a game, but has battled a sore knee earlier this season. In addition, the Bears have been without Harper Kamp for the entire season, as he's still recuperating from offseason knee surgery. As a result of the short bench, Randle, Patrick Christopher, and Theo Robertson have averaged over 33.0 minutes per game. Despite all the setbacks, Cal currently stands alone in first place in the Pac-10. Omondi Amoke was the next Bear to get injured, as he hurt his shoulder on Feb. 11 against Washington.
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 tied for third on the team in rebounding with an average of 4.7 rpg. Amoke paced the Bears on the boards at Washington State on Jan. 14 with seven, as well as against Oregon with 11. He made his first career start against at Washington State, filling in for the injured Markhuri Sanders-Frison, and has started seven games. Amoke and Sanders-Frison led the Bears on the boards at UCLA on Feb. 6 with six each.
Earl Robinson Inducted Into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Earl Robinson, a two-sport star for California in the 1950s who played both basketball and baseball for the Golden Bears, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor at a ceremony during the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament in March. A 6-1 guard on the hardwood, Robinson played under Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell and helped Cal to conference titles in 1956, '57 and '58, earning a spot on the All-Coast team twice and the All-Pacific Coast Conference squad three times. Robinson was voted Cal's Most Inspirational Player as a senior in 1958 when he also served as team captain. He had his best statistical season during his junior campaign when he contributed 12.1 ppg, and he finished his career with 882 points, which ranked among the school's all-time top five.
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.