Nov. 27, 2010
California (3-1, 0-0) vs. Boston College (3-2, 0-0)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT
Location:HP Field House, Orlando, Fla
Radio: KNEW 910
The California men's basketball team hopes to rebound in its final game at the 2010 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., after losing for the first time this season in the semifinals against Notre Dame on Friday. The Golden Bears (3-1) will face Boston College (3-2) Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. PT at the HP Field House on ESPNU. The game will also be shown on ESPN 3D.
In Friday's 57-44 loss to The Fighting Irish, Cal was held to just five points in the first half, the second lowest total in a half in NCAA history in the shot clock era. The last time Cal was held to under 50 points in a game was against Washington State on Feb. 28, 2008 (49). As they have done in all four games this season, the Bears came out with a much better second half, but it wasn't enough to get the win this time. Despite the lack of offense, Cal's defense was still sharp, holding Notre Dame to just 21 points in the first half and a 27.8 field percentage for the entire game.
One of the bright spots on Friday for Cal was freshman guard Allen Crabbe recording his first collegiate double-double, boasting 10 points and 10 rebounds. He is now fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.5 ppg. Crabbe was the only Bear to reach double figures in scoring, though junior forward Harper Kamp and freshman guard Gary Franklin each sported nine points. Crabbe also went 2-for-2 from the free throw line against Notre Dame, making him 7-for-8 on the season.
Boasting a youthful team this season with five true freshmen, the Bears turned to their newcomers to make an immediate impact right away, and they have not disappointed. In addition to Crabbe's performance on Friday, Franklin scored 16 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20, drilling four of the 10 three-point attempts that he took. Forward Richard Solomon has snagged 19 rebounds through the first four games.
A victory today and Mike Montgomery would reach 50 wins at Cal in 73 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. Montgomery is also four wins away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory.
Cal's offense has gotten things rolling after halftime in all four of its games. After scoring 36, 38, 23 and five points in the first half, the Bears came out in the second half and posted 44, 51, 34 and 39 points.
A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears have forced a combined 62 turnovers this season and 26 steals.