Feb. 4, 2012
California (17-6, 7-3) vs. Arizona State (7-15, 3-7)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 4 - 2 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 36-35
Last 10 vs. Arizona State: 7-3
Current Streak: California, 4
Last Meeting: W, 66-62 (Feb. 3, 2011 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV: Comcast SportsNet (Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini)
Opponent Web: www.TheSunDevils.com
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (17-6, 7-3 Pac-12) look to bounce back against the Sun Devils (7-15, 3-7) in a Saturday-afternoon matinee at Haas Pavilion. Cal is still in search of an 18th win that would equal last season's total. Until Thursday's emotionally-charged loss to Arizona, the Bears had not been defeated at home and had not had a stretch in which they didn't win at least two games in a row, this season.
The Sun Devils have just one conference road win (a victory at USC on Jan. 5) and are coming off a loss to Stanford. Arizona State has been without the services of junior G Trent Lockett for the last five games after he suffered an ankle injury against Oregon State on Jan. 14.
The Bears can start a new home win streak and stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 regular-season title with a victory against the Devils, but will have their work cut out for them as two of their three conference losses are to teams that they will only face, once, this year; Washington State and Arizona.
Cal will rely on its senior leaders, G Jorge Gutierrez (14.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and F Harper Kamp (10.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg) down the stretch of the regular season. The Bears' backcourt is bolstered by the league's fourth-leading scorer in sophomore G Allen Crabbe (15.7 ppg) who also leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 rpg. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs is the second-leading assist-man in the Pac-12 with 4.7 apg and pours in 12.9 ppg, this season.
The Cal-ASU game will be the third of three scheduled Zero-Waste Initiative games held at Haas Pavilion, this season. The University and the Athletic Department will team to introduce new recycling and packaging initiatives throughout the building.
GAME RECAP (ARIZONA): California dropped its first home game of the season to Arizona in a back-and-forth game that snapped a streak of 17 consecutive home victories dating back to a Feb. 17, 2011 loss to USC. The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 22-9 lead, but the Wildcats answered back with a 36-12 run to lead, 45-34, at the break. In the second half, the Bears fought back and tied the game up at 72 with 1:27 remaining, but couldn't complete the comeback. Cal outshot the Cats, 93.8 percent to 51.7 percent at the free-throw line, but hit only one three pointer in the game--a season low--compared to Arizona's 7-of-11 shooting from behind the arc. Senior F Harper Kamp led the Bears in scoring with 22 points and had a game-high nine rebounds. The scoring total was the highest of the season for Kamp and the most he has scored since a career-high 33 at home against Arizona last season. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe chipped in 15 points and five assists. Freshman F David Kravish had two blocks to increase his season total to 28; fifth most in Cal history by a freshman. For the Wildcats, Kyle Fogg led the way with 23 points, including going 5-of-6 from three-point range. Jesse Perry added 18 points and Nick Johnson had five assists.
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: Cal's game against Arizona State at Haas Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 4, has been designated as a zero-waste initiative game. The collaboration between Cal Athletics and Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, is supported by corporate sponsor Recology. Fans in attendance will see bins for recycling and composting with the slogan Blue & Gold Makes Green, instead of trash receptacles. Cal Athletics' concessions, catering, and merchandizing partners will also modify menus and packaging to help reach the zero-waste goal. Cal joins a small, but growing, list of universities nationwide striving for zero waste at athletic events. Others include UC Davis, Colorado, and Ohio State. The Cal program is part of the campus' overall commitment to be a responsible steward of resources and demonstrate leadership in sustainable business practices. The plan is also in line with the University's sustainability policy and the City of Berkeley's goal of achieving zero waste by the year 2020, eliminating all materials normally sent to landfills.
INFINITI COACHES CHARITY CHALLENGE: This spring, head coach Mike Montgomery is participating in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. Fans are able to vote for their favorite college coaches by region and while each coach's charity of choice will receive $5,000, the winning coach will garner $100,000 for their charity. Coach Montgomery has selected Coaches vs. Cancer to be his beneficiary. Vote, today, at www.espn.com/infiniti.
BUILDING A CASE: Although the Pac-12 has played through the national perception that it is a weak conference this season, the Bears have climbed the ratings as the year has progressed. As of February 3, Cal was rated 24th in the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (www.kenpom.com) and 26th in the Sagarin Ratings Index (www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/bkt1112.htm). The Bears opened the season ranked in both the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls but have been unranked for several weeks.
HANDS OF STEAL: Senior G Jorge Gutierrez leads the Bears in steals, this season, with 30, and ranks in the top 10 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). He now has 139 and is in sixth place.
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. He now has 1,118 points and is in 28th place for career points at Cal. Gutierrez played with each of the last three Cal players to score 1,000 career points; Theo Robertson (1,315), Patrick Christopher (1,700), and the Bears' all-time scoring leader Jerome Randle (1,835).