Bears Enter Pac-10 Tournament as Top Seed
March 9, 2010
California Golden Bears (21-9, 13-5) vs. Washington State/Oregon
Thursday, March 11, 2:30 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
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Entering the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the first time, Pac-10 champion California goes into the postseason riding its first four-game winning streak of the season after last Saturday's title-clinching 71-61 victory at Stanford. The Golden Bears will play either Washington State or Oregon in the quarterfinals Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Four of Cal's five starters earned a place on the All-Pac-10 team announced this week, including Player of the Year senior guard Jerome Randle.
In addition, senior guard Patrick Christopher made the first team, while senior forwards Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin were voted to the second team, and sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez claimed a spot on the all-defensive team.Last Saturday's win at Stanford, which handed the Bears their first season sweep of the Cardinal in 17 years, also secured Cal's first outright league championship in 50 years.
Cal most recently won a conference crown in 1960 when the Bears captured the last of four straight Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crowns. Cal finished that year with a 28-2 overall record and 11-1 league mark, reaching the NCAA championship game before falling to Ohio State.
A strong free-throw shooting team all season, this year's Cal squad currently ranks No.14 in the nation at 74.8 percent, with Randle second in the country indivudally at 92.7 percent - the best single-season percentage in school history and the third best in Pac-10 history.
Randle is also moving closer to Sean Lampley on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,744 points, Lampley (1998-01) leads with 1,776 points.
The Bears have won seven of their last eight games to close out the regular season, each by at least 10 points.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.7 6.7Earned his 12th career double-double vs. ArizonaF 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 4.5 4.6Posted a game-high 11 rebounds vs. OregonF 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 13.8 4.7Paced the Bears in scoring in both games at OregonG 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 18.7 4.5 apgNamed Pac-10 Player of the Year on March 8G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.0 5.5Recorded his 31st career 20-point game at Stanford (23)
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 42-20 record with the Golden Bears and a 590-264 (.690) overall mark that includes eight years at Montana and 18 seasons at Stanford. Montgomery has coached teams to the NCAA Final Four (1998), five Pac-10 regular-season crowns (1999, 2000, '03, '04, '10) 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 became the first Cal coach and the fourth non-UCLA Pac-10 coach to win 20 games in his first two seasons. He also earned his 19th 20-win campaign. Montgomery currently ranks 10th in wins among active coaches.
Washington State Scouting Report
A Look at Washington State
Washington State enters the Pac-10 Tournament having lost its last three in a row and six of the last seven. The Cougars lost their regular-season finale at Oregon, 74-66. Klay Thompson has led WSU (16-14, 6-12) in scoring all season and currently averages 19.6 rpg.
Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 72-45. The Bears won both meetings last season, as well as the two meetings earlier this season, and have won five of the last six in the series. Cal won by a score of 93-88 when these teams met last month in Pullman and 86-70 in Berkeley.
Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
Ken Bone spent the past four years as the head coach at Portland State, leading the Vikings to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09. In his four seasons with the Vikings, Bone posted a 77-49 record, recording the best winning percentage of any PSU coach since basketball was reinstated in 1996-97 (.611).
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 4 Nikola Koprivica 6-6 221 Sr 8.9 5.1F 23 DeAngelo Casto 6-8 231 So 10.7 6.9G 0 Marcus Capers 6-4 180 So 6.6 4.0G 3 Reggie Moore 6-1 178 Fr 12.9 2.3G 1 Klay Thompson 6-6 200 So 19.6 5.2
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Oregon Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon
After enduring a five-game losing streak last month, Oregon (15-15, 7-11) has won three of its last four, including two wins at USC and UCLA. The Ducks won their regular-season finale, the final game at Mac Court, 74-66, over Washington State. Tajuan Porter leads Oregon in scoring at 11.9 ppg.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 75-55, including both meetings last season, a dominating 89-57 victory earlier this season in Berkeley and a 15-point win in Cal last-ever game at Mac Court.
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
In his 13th season, The Ernie Kent era has produced seven postseason appearances and four NBA First Round Draft selections. In the 2008-09 season he became the school's all-time wins leader (219), passing Basketball Hall of Famer Howard Hobson to top that list.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg RpgF 24 LeKendric Longmire 6-5 200 Jr 7.3 3.9F 23 Jeremy Jacob 6-8 225 So 7.8 4.7F 25 E.J. Singler 6-6 210 Fr 6.0 4.2G 11 Malcolm Armstead 6-0 204 So 10.4 2.7G 12 Tajuan Porter 5-7 155 Sr 11.9 2.5
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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Win Outright Pac-10 Championship, Sweep Stanford
Behind Patrick Christopher's 31st career 20-point game, Cal defeated Stanford, 71-61, Saturday at Maples Pavilion to clinch the outright Pac-10 Championship. It was the first time since the 1992-93 season that Cal swept Stanford, and it was just the second time since that season that the Bears have won at Maples Pavilion. After trailing early, 5-0, Cal went on a 15-5 run to take control of the game. Stanford fought hard, eventually tying the game early in the second half, but Christopher's 17 second-half points, nine of which came on three-pointers, propelled Cal to its first four-game winning streak of the season.
Pac-10 Champs For the First Time in 50 Years
When Cal defeated Stanford, 71-61, last Saturday at Maples Pavilion the Bears clinched its first outright Pac-10 Championship in 50 years. Cal last won a conference title in 1960 when the Bears captured the last of four straight Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crowns. Cal finished that year with a 28-2 overall record and 11-1 league mark. The Bears reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio State. Cal clinched the No. 1 seed in this week's Pac-10 Tournament and a share of the conference crown when it defeated Arizona State on in the final home game of the season on Feb. 27 at Haas Pavilion.
Randle Named Pac-10 Player of the Year
Jerome Randle was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, the Pac-10 announced on March 8. Fellow senior guard Patrick Christopher was named to the all-conference first team. marking the 15th time Cal has had multiple first-team members. Randle is the fifth player in school history to win Player of the Year honors. The last time Cal won this award was in 2001 when Sean Lampley garnered the award. The other winners were Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996) and Ed Gray (1997). Senior forwards Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin made the all-conference second team and sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez was named to the all-defensive team. This is the first all-conference honor for Robertson, Boykin and Gutierrez.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 510 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands third the school's all-time list, after passing Jason Kidd (494). On the season, Randle is averaging 4.5 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 131 this season. On Feb. 25, he became the third player in Cal history to record 500 career assists, joining Keith Smith and Kevin Johnson.
Cal's All-Time Assist Leaders
1. Keith Smith (1987-90) 5462. Kevin Johnson (1984-87) 5213. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 510
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 1,744 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. Last season, Randle became the seventh player in school history to record 600 points in a single season, finishing with 603. Christopher is sixth with 1,633 points, after passing Bob McKeen last Saturday. 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- ) 1,7443. Lamond Murray (1992-94) 1,6884. Joe Shipp (2000-03) 1,6665. Kevin Johnson (1984-87) 1,6556. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,63319. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,234
Randle Reaching New Heights
When Jerome Randle recorded his 1,700th point at Oregon on Feb. 20 and his 500th career assist on Feb. 25 against Arizona, he became just the sixth player in Pac-10 history to accomplish this feat. He is only the second player in school history to score 1,700 points and the third to tally 500 assists. Brevin Knight, Ron Lee, Jason Gardner, Damon Stoudamire and Gary Payton are the other former Pac-10 standouts to achieve this accomplishment. In the school record books, Randle, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, is cementing his name in a number of categories. He ranks in the top 10 of nine Cal career lists, including No. 1 in free throw percentage (87.6), three-pointers made (242) and three-point attempts (597). He also ranks both first and second in the school's season top 10 ranking for three-point field goals made (82 - 2008-09 and 2009-10). His single-season free throw percentage of 92.7 also tops that list.
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.4 percent (143-329). Jerome Randle ranks sixth all-time at 40.5 percent (242-597). Randle's 242 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 (594). Patrick Christopher's 153 career three-pointers place him tied for sixth 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 on Feb. 18 at Oregon State, 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- ) 143 329 .4342. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .4316. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 242 597 .405
Cal Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. Jerome Randle (2007 - ) 2426. Randy Duck (1994-97) 1536. Patrick Christopher (2007 - ) 1537. Theo Robertson (2006 - ) 143
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .547 ranks fourth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 148 of the 250 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .592, which ranks third in the conference. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.7 rpg. Boykin earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after earning his sixth double-double of the season against Arizona on Feb. 25 (20 points, 10 rebounds). 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.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
3. Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) 56.1% 349-6224. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 54.7% 357-6525. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 53.8% 576-1,0716. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
5. Alfred Grigsby (1993) 59.8% 116-1946. Solomon Hughes (2002) 59.4% 95-1607. Brian Hendrick (1990) 59.3% 175-2958. Leonard Taylor (1987) 59.2% 87-1478. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 59.2% 148-250
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. 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.
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. 19 and a ranking of 16th 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 11th 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 87.6 (368-420). 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 114-for-123 on the season (92.7), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation. In addition, Randle's free throw percentage ranks third all-time in Pac-10 history (min. 100 made). Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. His 368 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 seventh on the chart with a percentage of 81.1 (250-308). 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 85.7 (54-63). As a team, Cal's season percentage of 74.8 ranks No. 14 in the nation.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.6% 368-4202. 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% 163-2017. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 81.1% 250-308
Cal Career Free Throws Made
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 3976. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 368
Pac-10 All-Time Single-Season Free Throw Leaders
1. Rod Foster, UCLA (1982) (95.0, 95-100)2. Ryan Mendez, Stanford (2001) (93.1, 94-101)3. Jerome Randle (2010) (92.7, 114-123)4. Kevin Mixon, Oregon (1991) (92.3, 60-65)
Facing Stiff Competition
While the Bears have slipped out of the Top 25, after earning a preseason ranking of No. 13, Cal has faced some of the nation's best teams throughout the year. This week's Associated Press poll shows all four of the school to defeat the Bears during non-conference action in the Top 10: No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Syracuse, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 8 New Mexico. Each of those games came outside of Berkeley. In addition, Cal played six foe who went on to win or tie for their respective conference titles - Kansas (Big 12), Syracuse (Big East), Ohio State (Big Ten), New Mexico (MWC), UC Santa Barbara (Big West) and Murray State (Ohio Valley).
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, and he sprained his ankle last Saturday at Stanford. 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, but has remained in the lineup.
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.