Dec. 7, 2009
California Golden Bears (5-3) at Pacific Tigers (6-1)
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7:00 p.m. (PT), Stockton Arena, Stockton, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: Big West TV
Still trying to get its starters fully healthy, California stays local this week facing Pacific in Stockton. The Golden Bears are coming off of an 82-63 victory against Iowa State last Saturday. Cal and Pacific tip off on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Stockton Arena.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher and sophomore forward Omondi Amoke each tallied double-doubles - the second and third of the season for Cal. It was the third time in the last four games that Amoke has paced the Bears on the boards. For Christopher, it was his second 20-point outing of the season, and he tied his career high with 11 rebounds. He is 16th on the all-time scoring chart with 1,272 points. He is tied for 10th on Cal's list for career three-pointers with 122.
Senior guard Jerome Randle boasted 18 points against the Cyclones. Randle now has 1,345 career points and is 13th all-time in school history. Randle is three three-pointers away from second on Cal's all-time three-point list. He currently has 180. Randle is also fifth on Cal's all-time assist list with 414. He remains Cal's leading scorer, averaging 20.1 ppg - fifth best in the Pac-10.
Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez came up two points shy of tying his personal best against Iowa State. He finished the game with 12 points, and tied his season high in rebounds with four.
Scoring has not been a problem for the Bears this season. Despite missing key players from injuries and illnesses, Cal has scored at least 70 points in every contest and has topped 80 points four times. The Bears scored their season-high total of 95 points against Detroit on Nov. 11.
Cal's strength of schedule currently ranks second in the nation and the the Bears' RPI is No. 31.
Cal has outrebounded six of its eight opponents. The Bears outrebounded Iowa State, 51-32, and Princeton, 37-20. It was the first time Cal recorded 50 rebounds since last fall against UNLV. The two biggest reasons for Cal's success on the boards have been the efforts of Amoke and senior forward Jamal Boykin. Amoke is the Bears' season leading rebounder, averaging 7.5 rpg. Boykin is second on the team with an average of 7.0 rpg.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 12.1 7.0 C 14 Max Zhang 7-3 240 So 4.3 3.9 G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 20.1 5.0 apg G 2 Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 195 So 6.6 3.0 G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 14.8 5.0
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 27-14 record with the Golden Bears and a 574-258 (.689) overall mark that includes eight years at Montana and 18 seasons at Stanford. Montgomery has coached teams to one NIT title (1991), four Pac-10 regular-season crowns (1999, 2000, '03, '04) and one Pac-10 Tournament title (2004), as well as the 1998 NCAA Final Four. 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.
Pacific Scouting Report
A Look at Pacific
Pacific improved its record to 6-1 after defeating Nevada, 61-58, on Dec. 5. Thus far, the Tigers have been a perfect 4-0 when playing on the home court. Sam Willard is Pacific's leading scorer, averaging 11.9 ppg. Willard is also the Tigers' leading rebounder at 7.6 rpg.
Cal-Pacific Series History
Cal holds the all-time series lead over the Tigers, 24-2. The last meeting was in 2008-09 when the Bears were victorious, 68-56. The last time Pacific beat Cal was in the 1954-55 season (82-77 OT).
Pacific Head Coach Bob Thomason
Bob Thomason is in his 22nd season at Pacific, and has the most wins in school history with 364. He has been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year five times (1992-93, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06).
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 34 Sam Willard 6-9 210 Jr 11.9 7.6 F 1 Michael Nunnally 6-8 225 Sr 7.4 5.9 F 42 Joe Ford 6-6 210 Sr 5.3 5.4 G 15 Terrell Smith 6-4 205 Jr 11.4 3.9 G 2 Lavar Neufville 6-1 190 Sr 7.5 1.0
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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Roll Past Iowa State, 82-63
Patrick Christopher and Omondi Amoke each recorded double-doubles, helping Cal defeat Iowa State, 82-63, last Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Christopher finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Amoke had 11 points and 14 boards. Jerome Randle (18) and Jorge Gutierrez (12) each reached double figures in scoring, as well. The Bears were winning by five with 15 minutes left in the game before they went on a 10-0 run to give them a double-digit lead that never got back under 10. Christopher led the way in the second half for Cal, notching 16 of his 20 points.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 414 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fifth on the school's all-time list, just three shy of Ayinde Ubaka for fourth. With his season-high nine assists against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State last Saturday. 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 86 more assists this year, he will become just the third player at Cal to record at least 500, joining Keith Smith and Kevin Johnson. In his last three games, Randle is averaging 8.3 rpg.
Cal's All-Time Assist Leaders
3. Jason Kidd (1992-94) 494 4. Ayinde Ubaka (2004-07) 417 5. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 414
With the Bears' depth at the frontcourt limited right now with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup, sophomore Omondi Amoke has stepped up in the last few games. Amoke recorded a double-double against Iowa State last Saturday (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. He tied his previous career high in scoring against the Buckeyes with 11 points. Amoke currently has 60 rebounds on the season, averaging a team-high 7.5 rpg. Amoke has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 20 of his 25 attempts from the charity stripe.
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 41-for-44 on the season (93.2). Patrick Christopher is also in the top 10 in this category, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 79.4 (186-234).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.5% 295-341 2. Michael Chavez (1980-83) 84.3% 198-235 3. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 84.1% 276-328 4. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 83.7% 190-227 5. Connie White (1975-76) 82.9% 155-187 6. Bill Duwe (1969-72) 81.6% 120-147 7. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 81.1% 163-201 8. Denny Fitzpatrick (1958-59) 80.6% 112-139 9. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 79.4% 186-234
Multiple 1,000-Point Scorers
On Feb. 5, 2009, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher became the 37th and 38th players in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Randle entered the game at Washington needing 17 points and scored 21, while Christopher only needed three points to reach the milestone and hit it with a free throw with 2:23 left in the contest. Randle now has 1,345 career points and currently stands in 13th. Christopher is 16th with 1,272 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 61 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
11. Ansley Truitt (1970-72) 1,384 12. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 1,382 13. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,345 14. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71) 1,343 15. Dave Butler (1983-87) 1,291 16. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,272
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 an even 44.0 percent (110-250). Randle ranks sixth all-time at 40.5 percent (180-444). Randle's 180 career treys rank third on Cal's all-time list. Richard Midgley (2003-06) is second with 183. Patrick Christopher's 122 career three-pointers have him tied with Ryan Anderson for 10th all-time in career three-pointers made.
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 110 250 .440 2. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .431 3. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .413 4. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .410 5. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .407 6. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 180 444 .405
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. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by the national ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players. The Wooden Award All-American team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010. 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.
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 .535 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 46 of the 74 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 62.2 - second best in the Pac-10. Boykin is once again one of Cal's leading rebounders this season, averaging 7.0 rpg - second on the team. He notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds). 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. In his last three games, Boykin is averaging 17.0 ppg.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082 6. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 53.5% 265-495 7. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
Hip Hip Jorge
The hustle of sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez all of last season was clearly displayed against USC in the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, as he notched a career-high 14 points. He earned a season-best five steals and eight rebounds, and tied his then-season best with 10 points, against Stanford on Feb. 14, helping the Bears turn a 22-point deficit into an 82-75 win. Gutierrez led the squad in steals with 27. Gutierrez was fifth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg). In the 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 posted a season-high eight points. He held the Buckeyes' leading scorer Evan Turner to just four first-half points. On Nov. 24 against Jacksonville, he tied his career high with four assists, which he also did against New Mexico and Iowa State. Battling a head cold, Gutierrez set his season-best scoring total of 10 points against the Lobos on Dec. 2. Also against Iowa State, he set his 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 (8-15).
Max Zhang: Large and in Charge
Sophomore center Max Zhang, the tallest player in the history of the program at 7-3, has started in Cal's last three games, and has been taking advantage of the opportunity. In those three games, Zhang is averaging 5.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg and has five blocks. Zhang set his career high in scoring with seven points three different times this season. After averaging just 4.5 minutes per game last season, Zhang is currently averaging 15.1 mpg this season. Zhang leads the team with nine blocks on the season, and is shooting 13-for-21 from the field. Last Saturday against Iowa State, Zhang guarded Wooden Award nominee Craig Brackins. While Brackins scored 21 points, Zhang forced him out of his element and helped prevent him from taking over the game.
Bears Sign Top-20 Recruiting Class
Three players ranked in Rivals' Top 150 and a long-distance shooter from Chicago highlight the 2010 California men's basketball recruiting class that was ranked No. 17 by Scout.com and No. 23 by ESPN. The four players who have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Cal next season are: 6-2 point guard Gary Franklin (Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School), 6-9 forward Richard Solomon (Los Angeles, Price High School), 6-5 guard Allen Crabbe (Los Angeles, Price High School) and 6-5 guard Alex Rossi (Winnetka, Ill., New Trier Township High School). Franklin (No. 72), Solomon (No. 101) and Crabbe (No. 102) all earned mention in the Rivals' Top 150, while Franklin was also rated the nation's No. 66 recruit by ESPN.
Cal Headed to Old Spice Classic in 2010
Cal will be playing in the fifth annual Old Spice Classic next season at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex near Orlando, Fla. The tournament, which takes place over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25-28), features five teams that participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament - Cal, Boston College, Temple, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. Notre Dame played in the NIT. Manhattan and Georgia will also participate in the tournament. The Old Spice Classic features four games each day. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 28.The tournament is a weekend-long affair at the Walt Disney World Resort. Previous winners of the Old Spice Classic: Gonzaga in 2008, North Carolina State in 2007 and Arkansas in 2006.