Jan. 7, 2012
California (12-4, 2-1) at Oregon (11-4, 2-1)
Matthew Knight Arena | Eugene, Ore.
Sunday, Jan. 8 - 4:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 78-55
Last 10 vs. Oregon: 7-3
Current Streak: California, 7
Last Meeting: W, 81-71 (Feb. 24, 2011 | Eugene, Ore.)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 94 / XM Satellite 190
TV/Web: Fox Sports Net (Kevin Calabro, Marques Johnson, and Rebecca Haarlow)
Opponent Web: www.GoDucks.com
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (12-4, 2-1 Pac-12) seek their first conference road win when they face Oregon (11-4, 2-1) in a Sunday-afternoon clash at Matthew Knight Arena. Cal had its six-game league winning streak snapped in a loss at Oregon State, 92-85, but has a chance to extend its streak against the Ducks to eight consecutive wins.
Oregon upended Stanford in its conference home opener to create a four-way tie for second place in the Pac-12. The Ducks have won four straight games at home since their only loss in Matt Arena; a 67-54 defeat at the hands of Virginia on Dec. 18. Oregon is 9-1 at home, and relies heavily on a balanced scoring attack.
Senior G Jorge Gutierrez matched his season high with 26 points against the Beavers and became the 40th player in Cal history to cross the 1,000-point plateau, in his career. He now has 1,023 points, and ranks 39th among Golden Bears. With two steals against Oregon State, Gutierrez now has 129, and moved into the top ten at Cal for career steals; in a tie with Keith Smith (1987-90).
Gutierrez has upped his offensive production in conference games, and averages 18.3 ppg against the league. Senior F Harper Kamp continues to be a consistent force for Cal and puts up 9.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe is the Pac-12's third-leading scorer with 15.9 ppg, this season, and ranks among the top 20 for rebounds with 5.7 rpg. Fellow sophomore G Justin Cobbs puts up 12.8 ppg and is the league's top three-point shooting threat (.654).
Cal's matchup against the Ducks is its fourth of seven Sunday games, this season. So far, the Bears are 2-1 in those games. Fox Sports will be on hand for a national broadcast and the radio broadcast will be on KNEW 910AM as well as SiriusXM Satellite radio.
GAME RECAP (OREGON STATE): Senior G Jorge Gutierrez led the Golden Bears with 26 points as he became the 40th Cal player to cross the 1,000-point plateau on his second basket of the night, but the Bears couldn't keep pace with the Beavers, who claimed their first Pac-12 victory in a 92-85 win at Gill Coliseum. Gutierrez also moved into Cal's top ten for all-time career steals. At 129, he ties with Keith Smith (1987-90) at 10th. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs added 18 points and a team-high five assists while sophomore G Allen Crabbe chimed in with 16 points and six rebounds, but the Bears never led after being up, 5-0, with 17:42 left in the first half. Jared Cunningham, the Pac-12's leading scorer, put up 24 points on 6-for-8 shooting while Ahmad Starks had a career-high 24 points to buoy the Beavers to victory. Cal was defeated on the road for the third time, this season, and had its six-game conference winning streak snapped by an Oregon State team that shot 63.3-percent from the field. Senior F Harper Kamp had seven points and three rebounds, and freshman F David Kravish posted 10 points and four rebounds for the Bears. Sophomore F Richard Solomon saw his first action since Cal's 77-57 win over Weber State on Dec. 16, 2011, and had five points, one rebound, and one steal, in 11 minutes.
HANDS OF STEAL: Senior G Jorge Gutierrez leads the Bears in steals, this season, with 20, and ranks 10th in the Pac-12 with 1.3 steals per game. He entered the season with 109 career steals. On Jan. 5, he collected two steals against Oregon State to push his career total to 129 and moved into a 10th-place tie with Keith Smith (1987-90).
1,000-POINT CLUB: Senior G Jorge Gutierrez became Cal's 40th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau on his second field goal against Oregon State on Jan. 5, 2012. He completed that game with a season-high matching 26 points to lead all scorers and now has 1,023 career points to rank 39th, all-time among Golden Bears. Gutierrez played with each of the last three Cal players to score 1,000 points; Theo Robertson (1,315), Patrick Christopher (1,700), and the Bears' all-time scoring leader Jerome Randle (1,835).