Feb. 16, 2010
California Golden Bears (17-8, 9-4) at Oregon State Beavers (10-13, 5-7)
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Gil Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSNBA
California Golden Bears (17-8, 9-4) at Oregon Ducks (12-11, 4-8)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m., MacArthur Court, Eugene, Ore.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CSN Calif.
Currently enjoying its third three-game winning streak of the season, first-place California treks up to Oregon this week with a one-game lead over Arizona State for first place in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears and Oregon State will face off on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Gil Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
After getting off to a sluggish start in the first half against Washington State last Saturday at Haas Pavilion, Cal erased an 11-point halftime deficit and shut out the Cougars in the final four minutes of the game to win, 86-70. Senior guard Jerome Randle capped off a tremendous weekend by leading the Bears to the comeback victory.
Randle, moved past Joe Shipp into third all-time on Cal's career scoring list with 1,680 points, just eight points behind Lamond Murray for second. Sean Lampley is Cal's current all-time scorer with 1,776 points. Randle also needs 12 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists, and he is six behind Jason Kidd for third all-time.
Two other big contributors for the Bears last Saturday were senior forward Jamal Boykin and sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez. Boykin earned his second straight double-double, while Gutierrez earned career highs in scoring (15) and assists (6).
The team leader in steals with 43, senior guard Patrick Christopher moved up to eighth on the school's career scoring list with 1,560 points, He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.2 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.
In addition to currently sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, Cal also has a Strength of Schedule ranking of No. 5 and an RPI ranking of No. 24.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.6 6.6 Earned his 11th career double-double vs. Washington State G 2 Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 195 So 5.7 3.3 Set career bests in scoring (15) and assists (6) vs. Washington State F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 13.7 4.7 Notched a career-best 27 points at Arizona G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 19.8 4.5 apg Put up 33 points vs. Washington, 2nd 30-point game of season G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.2 5.4 Scored 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 39-19 record with the Golden Bears and a 586-263 (.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 picked Montgomery to be this season's coach of the year.
Oregon State Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon State
Oregon State has won three of its last five, including an eight-point victory at Arizona last Saturday. Calvin Haynes leads the Beavers in scoring, averaging an even 13.0 ppg.
Cal-Oregon State Series History
The Bears lead the all-time series. 75-58, and they topped the Beavers, 65-61, in their first meeting this season at Cal. Oregon State won both meetings last season that snapped a seven-game winning streak in the series for the Bears.
Oregon State Head Coach Craig Robinson
In his first season a year ago, Craig Robinson helped lead a remarkable turnaround that culminated in the Beavers capturing the College Basketball Invitational post-season tournament title with a best-of-three series win over UTEP. With the championship, the Beavers captured the first postseason men's basketball title in school history.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 15 Seth Tarver 6-5 210 Sr 10.5 4.8 F 24 Omari Johnson 6-9 215 Jr 5.0 2.6 C 10 Roeland Schaftenaar 6-11 240 Sr 8.4 4.0 G 1 Jared Cunningham 6-3 170 Fr 4.8 1.9 G 22 Calvin Haynes 6-2 185 Jr 13.0 2.0
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Oregon Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon
The Ducks welcome the Bay Area schools this weekend having lost their last three in a row. Oregon lost its last game by 10 at Arizona State.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 74-55, including both meetings last season and a dominating 89-57 victory earlier this season in Berkeley.
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 Rpg F 23 Jeremy Jacob 6-8 225 So 6.6 4.1 C 33 Michael Dunigan 6-10 242 So 9.9 5.2 G 11 Malcolm Armstead 6-0 204 So 11.3 2.7 G 12 Tajuan Porter 5-7 155 Sr 11.3 2.5 G 14 Matthew Humphrey 6-5 185 So 5.7 2.2
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Golden Bear Notes
Gutierrez Has Career Day, Cal Beats WSU, 86-70
Trailing by 11 at halftime, Cal came out strong in the second half and eventually pulled away for a 14-point victory Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion to sweep the season series against Washington State. Jorge Gutierrez recorded career highs in scoring (15) and assists (6), while Jerome Randle led the Bears with 24 points. Cal shut out WSU for the final four minutes, and held its leading scorer Klay Thompson scoreless for the final 13 minutes. The Cougars were up by one with just over six minutes left before the Bears went on a 19-2 run to end the game. Jamal Boykin notched his second straight double-double. As a team, Cal earned 10 steals for the first time since 2006.
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 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. 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 last Thursday against Washington. He saw limited action against Washington State last Saturday.
In 20 of the 25 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 last Thursday against Washington (93). Cal's scoring average of 78.7 ppg ranks fourth all-time in school history and is currently No. 25 in the nation. A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.8 ppg. He posted a career-high 39 points against Washington State on Jan. 14, and 33 vs. Washington last Thursday 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 11.6 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 last weekend, and now boasts 11 in his career.
Cal Top Scoring Averages
3. 1992-93 79.3 4. 2009-10 78.7
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 1,680 career points and currently stands in third on the school's all-time scoring list, just eight points away from second, after passing Joe Shipp last Saturday. Christopher is eighth with 1,560 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) 1,776 2. Lamond Murray (1992-94) 1,688 3. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,680 7. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,608 8. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,560 25. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,163
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 488 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list, six behind Jason Kidd. 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 114 this season. If he records 12 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) 494 4. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 488
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.4 percent (133-306). Jerome Randle ranks fifth all-time at 40.8 percent (232-568). Randle's 232 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 144 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). Last Saturday, Randle drilled six of his nine tries.
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 133 306 .434 2. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .431 5. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 232 568 .408
Cal Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. Jerome Randle (2007 - ) 232 6. Randy Duck (1994-97) 153 7. Patrick Christopher (2007 - ) 144 8. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 139 9. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 136 10. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 11. Theo Robertson (2006 - ) 133
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .545 ranks fourth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 124 of the 208 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .596, sixth best in school history and ranks third in the conference. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.6 rpg. He posted back-to-back double-doubles last weekend. 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 last Thursday against Washington (20 points, 11 rebounds) and his fifth last Saturday 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.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
3. Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) 56.1% 349-622 4. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 54.5% 333-610 5. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 53.8% 576-1,071 6. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
4. Mark McNamara (1981) 61.7% 182-295 5. Alfred Grigsby (1993) 59.8% 116-194 6. Jamal Boykin (2010) 59.6% 124-208 7. Solomon Hughes (2002) 59.4% 95-160 8. Brian Hendrick (1990) 59.3% 175-295 9. Leonard Taylor (1987) 59.2% 87-147
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. The Jayhawks also currently boast the nation's top RPI ranking with Syracuse closely behind them at No. 4. In this week's AP Top 25, Kansas is ranked No. 1 and Syracuse is No. 5.
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. 24 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 fifth 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 87.2 (356-408). 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 102-for-111 on the season (91.9), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is third in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. His 356 career free throws rank sixth all-time in school history. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 80.5 (240-298). 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. Last Thursday against Washington, the Bears were 25-for-27 from the charity stripe. As a team, Cal's season free throw percentage of 74.4 ranks No. 17 in the nation and fourth all-time in school history.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.2% 356-408 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- ) 80.5% 240-298
Cal Career Free Throws Made
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 397 6. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 356
Hip Hip Jorge
One of Cal's toughest defenders, Jorge Gutierrez had a huge game for the Bears against Washington State last Saturday, 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. He also recorded five assists vs. UC Santa Barbara. Gutierrez returned to action against Oregon State on Jan. 23 after suffering a knee injury in the conference opener on Jan. 2. 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 last Thursday.
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 third on the team in rebounding with an average of 4.9 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. Amoke's performance levels have been slowed after suffering a sore shoulder last Thursday.
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.