Cal Returns Home to Host Pac-12 Newcomers
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Release:  01/10/2012

Jan. 10, 2012

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Game #18
California (13-4, 3-1) vs. Colorado (11-4, 3-0)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Thursday, Jan. 12 - 8 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 9-8
Last 10 vs. Colorado: 4-6
Current Streak:
Colorado, 3
Last Meeting: L, 89-72 (Mar. 18, 2011 | Boulder, Colo.)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 93
TV: Comcast SportsNet (Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini)
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Game #19
California (13-4, 3-1) vs. Utah (4-11, 1-2)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Saturday, Jan. 14 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 9-8
Last 10 vs. Utah: 6-4
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 72-69 (Dec. 10, 2008 | Salt Lake City, Utah)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 85 / XM Satellite 85
TV: Comcast SportsNet (Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini)
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BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12) return home to host the Pac-12's newest members, this weekend. At 11-0, California is the only Pac-12 team with an unblemished home record. The Bears can extend their home streak when a Colorado squad that is 3-0 in league games comes to Haas Pavilion on Thursday.

Four games into league play, the Pac-12 has proven to be a tough place to get a road victory. In 23 games, so far, the home team has prevailed in 17. Cal's comfort level in its home arena is apparent as the Bears have outscored their opponents by 21.3 points and out-rebounded foes by 8.2 rebounds per contest.

Cal has had success shutting down some of the top scorers in the nation, at home, which doesn't bode well for Colorado senior G Carlon Brown (14.3 ppg)--the current Pac-12 Player of the Week. The Bears have a pair of seniors who will lead them into battle, this weekend. Jorge Gutierrez has put up 18.3 ppg in Pac-12 play and leads the team in steals. F Harper Kamp has remained a consistent force with 8.8 ppg, and 4.9 rpg, this season.

GAME RECAP (OREGON): Sophomore G Allen Crabbe notched a season-high 26 points and recorded his third-career double-double with a career-high 12 rebounds to help the Golden Bears earn their first true road victory of the season, 77-60, over Oregon. Crabbe hit six three-pointers for the second time in his career, and was the catalyst through a 13-0 Cal run, in the second half, that blew the game wide open. His 23 second-half points, combined with sophomore G Justin Cobbs' 12 second-half points, sealed the Bears' eighth straight win over the Ducks to match the longest winning streak in the series. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez had eight of Cal's first 11 points to start the game, and came away with 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Sophomore F Richard Solomon posted 10 rebounds to go with six points and three blocks to mark the first game, this season, that the Bears have had two players reach double-digit rebounds in the same game. Devoe Joseph--Oregon's leading scorer coming into the game--was held to just two first-half points. Joseph finished the game with a team-high 14 points, but it was too late for the Ducks, who fell on their home court for just the second time, this year. Cal out-shot Oregon, 49.2 percent to 38.3 percent, in the game, and led, at the half (30-27) to push their record to 13-0 in those situations.

HANDS OF STEAL: Senior G Jorge Gutierrez leads the Bears in steals, this season, with 22, 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 131 and is tied with Shantay Legans(2000-02) for eighth 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 to lead all scorers. He now has 1,041 career points to rank 36th, all-time, among Golden Bears. 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).

A LITTLE HOME COOKIN': The Bears' have enjoyed repeated success at Haas Pavilion, this season, where they are 11-0. Cal is 29-3 in non-conference home games under head coach Mike Montgomery. Last year, the Bears completed the 12th season in Haas Pavilion since its 1999 renovation. Since Haas officially re-opened, Cal is 171-58 in home games on Pete Newell Court. In 2009-10, the Bears won all but one game at home. This year, Cal is outscoring opponents by 21.3 points in home games and grabbing 8.2 more rebounds than visitors to Haas Pavilion. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .519 mark against the visitors' .369 percentage.