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Release:  02/07/2012

Feb. 7, 2012

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Game #25
California (18-6, 8-3 Pac-12) at USC (6-18, 1-10)
Galen Center | Los Angeles, Calif.
Thursday, Feb. 9 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 130-120
Last 10 vs. USC: 4-6
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 53-49 (Dec. 29, 2011 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 94 / XM Satellite 192
TV: None
Opponent Web: www.USCTrojans.com

Game #26
California (18-6, 8-3 Pac-12) at UCLA (13-10, 6-5)
Los Angeles Sports Arena | Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 11 - 1 p.m. PT
Series Record:
UCLA leads, 132-99
Last 10 vs. UCLA: 4-6
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 85-69 (Dec. 31, 2011 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 93 / XM Satellite 191
TV: Fox Sports Net / Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
    (Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson, Rebecca Haarlow)
Opponent Web: www.UCLABruins.com

BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (18-6, 8-3 Pac-12) will face five of their final seven regular-season opponents on the road and begin the treacherous stretch of their schedule with visits to USC (6-18, 1-10) and UCLA (13-10, 6-5), this weekend. Cal will be seeking its first regular-season sweep of USC since 2005-06 and the first against UCLA since 1993-94. The Bears have not won all four regular-season meetings against USC and UCLA since 1958-59.

Cal has earned highly-coveted splits in each of its previous two Pac-12 road trips, but a sweep may be necessary to keep the Bears in the hunt for the conference title. That won't be an easy task as Cal has won just seven regular-season games in the last 10 years as guests of the Trojans and Bruins.

The Bears are led by senior G Jorge Gutierrez, one of the Pac-12's elite all-around players. Gutierrez averages 14.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Senior F Harper Kamp is Cal's consistent force (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and has started all 24 games, this season.

GAME RECAP (ARIZONA STATE): The Golden Bears recovered from a Thursday loss to claim a 68-47 Saturday win against Arizona State. California improved to 18-6 to equal its win total for all of last season when the Bears finished 18-15. It was also the fourth time in as many seasons that Cal has won at least 18 games under head coach Mike Montgomery. The Bears held the Sun Devils to 38.3 percent shooting; the 13th opponent that Cal has held under 40 percent, this season. ASU's point total made it the third Pac-12 opponent that the Bears have held under 50 points. Cal contained USC to 49 points and Utah to 45, earlier in the year. Stellar defense held the Devils to just 16 first-half points, which was the eighth time, this year that Cal has not allowed more than 20 points before the break. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe led all scorers with 19 points to notch his 20th double-figure game of the season. He also tied for team-high honors with senior G Jorge Gutierrez with five rebounds. Gutierrez put in 10 points and dished out three assists. Nine different Bears scored. Junior G Brandon Smith added seven points while senior F Harper Kamp, junior F Robert Thurman, and freshman F David Kravish had six points apiece. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs had eight points. Kyle Cain led the Arizona State attack with 18 points off the bench and added nine rebounds.

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 6, Cal was rated 21st 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 1,128 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).


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