Jan. 12, 2010
California Golden Bears (10-5, 2-1) at Washington State Cougars (12-4, 2-2)
Thursday, Jan. 14, 7:00 p.m. (PT), Friel Court, Pullman, Wash.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: None
California Golden Bears (10-5, 2-1) at Washington Huskies (10-5, 1-3)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. (PT), Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSNBA
California finished its five-game homestand with a record of 4-1 after it held on to defeat USC, 67-59, last Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears will now hit the road for the next three out of four weeks. Cal faces Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
Trailing the Trojans by seven with just under 10 minutes left in the second half, the Bears went on a 24-9 run to end the game and capture the victory. Cal was led by senior guard Jerome Randle with his 21 points and senior forward Theo Robertson and his 20 points. A major factor in the Bears' victory was the inspired defense sparked by senior guard Nikola Knezevic.
Another reason why Cal has been successful, not only last Saturday, but all season thus far is due its free throw shooting. As a team, the Bears are shooting 74.6 percent from the line, which ranks No. 24 in the nation. In addiiton, Randle is on pace to set Cal's single-season percentage record. He currently boasts an average of 93.0, which also ranks fourth in the nation right now. His 320 career free throws ranks 10th all-time in school history.
Randle now has 1,471 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. He needs 16 three-pointers to set the new school record for career three-pointers made. He also needs 55 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists.
The team leader in steals with 24, Christopher posted six points and five rebounds against the Trojans. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 15.4 ppg and in rebounding at 5.6 rpg. He is in 12th on the school's career scoring list with 1,385 points.
Cal has scored at least 70 points in 13 of 15 contests and has topped 80 points seven times, with two 90-point games. Cal's season scoring average of 79.1 ppg ranks fourth all-time in the history of the program.
Cal has outrebounded 11 of its 15 opponents, is currently averaging 38.5 rpg and sporting a rebounding margin of +6.6 that ranks first in the Pac-10 and second all-time in school history.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.1 6.6 Snagged a career best 15 rebounds at Kansas C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 3.4 4.1 Led the Bears with 10 rebounds vs. UC Santa Barbara G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 19.1 4.7 apg Racked up 24 points and seven assists vs. Stanford F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 14.9 4.3 Earned his 1,000th career point vs. UCLA, part of his 24 on the night G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 15.4 5.6 Snared nine rebounds against UCLA
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 32-16 record with the Golden Bears and a 579-260 (.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 recently picked Montgomery to be this season's coach of the year.
Washington State Scouting Report
A Look at Washington State
Washington State is 12-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play after losing at Arizona State last Sunday. The Cougars are 7-1 at home thus far this season, including a five-point victory against Oregon State. Klay Thompson leads WSU in scoring at 23.0 ppg, and he's also snaring 5.2 rpg.
Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 70-45. The Bears won both meetings last season and have won three of the last four. The 2006-07 season was the last time Washington State has defeated Cal in Pullman.
Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
Ken Bone spent the past four years as the head coach at Portland State, leading the Vikings to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09. In his four seasons with the Vikings, Bone posted a 77-49 record, recording the best winning percentage of any PSU coach since basketball was reinstated in 1996-97 (.611).
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 40 Charlie Enquist 6-10 222 So 1.5 2.1 G 1 Klay Thompson 6-6 200 So 23.0 5.2 G 3 Reggie Moore 6-1 178 Fr 13.0 2.0 G 11 Xavier Thames 6-3 186 Fr 4.7 1.6 G 31 Abe Lodwick 6-7 200 So 3.3 3.1
For more information: www.wsucougars.com
Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington
Washington currently boasts a record of 10-5; however, the Huskies have lost their last three games, including an 87-70 decision at Arizona last Sunday. The Huskies are 10-1 while playing on the home court. Quincy Pondexter leads the team in scoring at 19.5 ppg, and he also sports a team-high rebounding average of 7.9 rpg. Isaiah Thomas is second on the team in scoring at 18.3 ppg.
Cal-Washington Series History
Cal leads the all-time series by a slim margin of 76-74. The Bears won both meetings last season, and are on a three-game winning streak vs. the Huskies. In the matchup in Seattle last year, Cal emerged victorious in a triple-overtime thriller.
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
In seven years, Lorenzo Romar has elevated Washington to the elite level of college basketball. The charismatic coach plans to stay at the top after leading the 2008-09 Huskies to their first outright Pac-10 Championship since 1953. Romar's Huskies were 26-9 in 2009. He earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors for his efforts.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 20 Quincy Pondexter 6-6 215 Sr 19.5 7.9 F 33 Tyreese Breshers 6-7 255 Fr 4.4 3.0 F 44 Darnell Gant 6-8 225 So 3.1 3.1 G 2 Isaiah Thomas 5-8 185 So 18.3 4.2 G 10 Abdul Gaddy 6-3 190 Fr 4.3 1.3
For more information: www.gohuskies.com
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Hang On and Defeat Trojans, 67-59
Jerome Randle scored 21 points, while Theo Robertson had 20 of his own, and Cal was able to come back and beat USC, 67-59, to close out a five-game homestand last Saturday at Haas Pavilion. The Bears clamped down on defense, led by the hustle of Nikola Knezevic, who held the Trojans' leading scorer, Dwight Lewis, scoreless for the final six and a half minutes. USC led by as many as seven half way through the second half before Cal went on a 24-9 run to end the game. Robertson added a team-high seven rebounds and Randle led all players with five assists. The Bears shot 21-for-24 from the free throw line, and improved to 9-1 at Haas Pavilion this season.
In 13 of the 15 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, with seven of those performances reaching the 80-point mark. The Bears also earned their second 90-point performance on Jan. 2 with 92 against Stanford. Their season scoring average of 79.1 currently ranks fourth in school history. A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.1 ppg, and Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, enjoyed a stretch of posting three straight 20-point outings and four out of five. In those five games, he averaged 21.2 ppg. Christopher has also tallied two straight double-doubles on the season. After missing six games from a foot injury, Robertson has posted back-to-back 20-point performances. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.1 ppg with two 20-point efforts on the season. Boykin racked up a double-double at Kansas on Dec. 22 (15 points, 15 rebounds).
Cal Top Scoring Averages
1. 1970-71 83.9 2. 1994-95 79.9 3. 1992-93 79.3 4. 2009-10 79.1 5. 1993-94 78.6
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 1,471 career points and currently stands in eighth on the school's all-time scoring list. Christopher is 12th with 1,385 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
7. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,556 8. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,471 9. Russ Critchfield (1966-68) 1,437 10. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) 1,413 11. Keith Smith (1987-90) 1,398 12. Patrick Christopher (2007-) 1,385 13. Ansley Truitt (1970-72) 1,384 14. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 1,382 36. Theo Robertson (2006-) 1,037
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 445 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list. On the season, Randle is averaging 4.7 assists per game, and has recorded nine assists in two separate games. With his season-high nine assists against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State on Dec. 5. 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 55 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- ) 445
Cal Boasts +6.6 Rebounding Margin
Despite lacking depth in the front court with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup with a sore knee, Cal is winning the battle on the boards by a 578 to 479 margin (38.5 rpg), good for a +6.6 rebounding margin, second best in school history. In their win over Pacific on Dec. 9, the Bears out-boarded the Tigers, 45-30 (+15). Jamal Boykin leads the squad with 6.6 rpg, but Patrick Christopher is also snaring an average of 5.6 rpg, and Omondi Amoke is next at 5.5. Markhuri Sanders-Frison got into the mix against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 29, racking up a season-high 10 rebounds. In addition to the Pacific differential, Cal had a +19 edge over Iowa State, a +17 margin vs. Princeton, a +14 margin vs. Utah Valley and a +13 against Detroit. The Bears have only been outrebounded four times thus far this season, with one of those occurrences only by a difference of two (38-36, Nov. 24 vs. Jacksonville) and one was only by a single rebound (35-34, Jan. 6 vs. UCLA).
Cal Top Season Rebounding Margins
1. 1959-60 +11.2 2. 2009-10 +6.6 3. 1968-69 +6.5 4. 1967-68 +5.8
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 43.2 percent (115-266). Randle ranks tied for fifth all-time at 40.7 percent (199-488). Randle's 199 career treys ranks second on Cal's all-time list (Ryan Drew, 214). Patrick Christopher's 125 career three-pointers have him ninth all-time in career three-pointers made. On Dec. 29 against UC Santa Barbara, Randle swished 6 of his 8 three-point attempts, and as a team, Cal had its best three-point shooting percentage of the season at 52.9 (9-17).
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 115 266 .432 1. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .431 3. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .413 4. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .410 5. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 199 488 .407 5. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .407 7. Omar Wilkes (2006-07) 61 151 .404
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 five teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and New Mexico - were all ranked in the AP Top 20, including Kansas coming in at then-No. 1. Cal's other loss came against UCLA on Jan. 6.
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 .529 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 76 of the 133 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 57.1. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.6 rpg. He notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds), and his second on Dec. 22 at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds). His 15 boards against the Jayhawks were a new career high. 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.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082 6. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 53.2% 285-535 7. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
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, 7-for-7 vs. Princeton on Nov. 29 and 6-for-6 against USC on Jan. 9. He's currently 66-for-71 on the season (93.0), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation. His 320 career free throws ranks 10th all-time in school history. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 79.3 (200-252). Against the Trojans last Saturday, as a team, Cal shot 21-for-24 from the free throw line, including Theo Robertson going 9-for-10. As a team, Cal's free throw shooting percentage of 74.6 (217-291) currently ranks No. 24 in the nation.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.9% 320-368 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- ) 79.3% 200-252
Cal Career Free Throws Made
7. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 338 8. Rickey Hawthorne (1973-76) 337 9. Dan Wolthers (1963-65) 325 10. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 320
Max Zhang: Large and in Charge
Sophomore center Max Zhang, the tallest player in the history of the program at 7-3, has started five games for Cal this year, and has taken advantage of the opportunity. In the first four games he started, Zhang averaged 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and had eight blocks, including three at Pacific on Dec. 9. He also recorded three blocks against Utah Valley on Dec. 28 and Stanford on Jan. 2. Also against the Cardinal, Zhang set his career high in scoring with 13 points. After averaging just 4.5 minutes per game last season, Zhang is currently averaging 13.4 mpg this season. He leads the team with 22 blocks on the season, and is shooting 23-for-37 (62.2) from the field. Against Pacific, Zhang, who typically collects most of his points from lay-ins directly under the hoop, swished two shots from outside in the game's early minutes to help the Bears start off on the right foot.
Hip Hip Jorge
The hustle of sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez has been evident throughout his time at Cal. One of Cal's toughest defenders, Gutierrez led the squad in steals with 27 and was fifth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg) last season. In the 2009 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 held the Buckeyes' leading scorer Evan Turner to just four first-half points. Against Kansas on Dec. 22, Gutierrez notched a personal-high five assists. He also recorded five assists vs. UC Santa Barbara. Against Iowa State, he set his current season high in scoring with 12 points. Battling a head cold, Gutierrez set his previous season-best scoring total of 10 points against New Mexico on Dec. 2. 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 (12-20) for a percentage of 60.0.
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 is third on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.5 rpg. Amoke has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 27 of his 36 attempts from the charity stripe.
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.