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Bears Battle Cardinal for Bay Area Bragging Rights
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Release:  01/26/2012

Jan. 26, 2012

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Game #22
California (16-5, 6-2) vs. Stanford (15-5, 5-3)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Sunday, Jan. 29 - 5:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 143-114
Last 10 vs. Stanford: 5-5
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 74-55 (Mar. 5, 2011 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 92 / XM Satellite 190
TV: Fox Sports/CSN BA (Gus Johnson and Steve Kerr)
Opponent Web: www.GoStanford.com

BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12) return to Haas Pavilion for a three-game home stand that begins with the year's first meeting against rival Stanford (15-5, 5-3). Cal leads the all-time series against its Bay Area foe, 143-114, and has claimed victories in four of the last five meetings. A win by the Bears on Sunday (Jan. 29) would extend the Cardinal's season-long losing streak to three games.

Cal has won six of the last ten Haas Pavilion matchups over Stanford and celebrated Senior Day, last season, with a 74-55 victory on March 5. The win evened the season series after the Cardinal won, 82-68, at Maples Pavilion, earlier in the year.

The Bears have not lost a home game, this season, and hold a 13-0 mark at Haas Pavilion thanks to some impressive performances. In Berkeley, Cal has outscored opponents by 21.3 points and has grabbed 7.4 more rebounds than visitors. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .511 mark against the visitors' .364 percentage.

In a battle of fourth-year head coaches, Mike Montgomery holds a 4-2 edge against Johnny Dawkins, and will rely on the play of his seniors to improve that mark, this weekend. G Jorge Gutierrez continues to make his case for postseason accolades with an all-around year, so far. He averages 14.3 ppg (10th in the Pac-12) and posts 5.0 rpg to go with 90 assists and a team-high 26 steals. F Harper Kamp has maintained his consistent play on a 9.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg clip, this season.

In the back court, the Bears pack a fierce punch with the combination of sophomore guards Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs. Crabbe is the Pac-12's third-leading scorer with 15.7 ppg and leads the team in rebounds (6.1 rpg). Cobbs is the league's second-leading assist man at 4.8 apg and has shored up Cal's scoring depth with 13.0 ppg, this season.

GAME RECAP (WASHINGTON STATE): The Golden Bears had their four-game winning streak snapped in a heart-breaking two-point loss in the Palouse, 77-75, to Washington State. Cal held a lead as large as 11 points and stayed on top until the Cougars tied the score for just the second time at 44-all, three minutes into the second half. The Bears regained their footing and went ahead by seven points on two occasions, but WSU held on as a three-point attempt by senior G Jorge Gutierrez came off the rim with no time left on the clock. Five Bears had double-figure scoring nights led by Gutierrez's 19. He also had six assists and five rebounds to go with two steals. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs put in 15 points and had five assists, two boards, and two steals. For the Cougars, senior G Faisal Aden led all players with 24 points (9-for-12 from the field) in 29 minutes. It was the first time that the Bears held a halftime lead, and did not win the game, this season. Cal also got 14 points from sophomore G Allen Crabbe, who hit four three-pointers, but was just 5-for-16 from the field. Cal had six fewer turnovers than WSU, but was outscored in bench points, 42-4, thanks in large part to Aden and Cougar forward Abe Lodwick who had 12 points on 4-of-7 three-pointers.

BEARS JOIN THE FIGHT TO CANCEL CANCER: Cal's game against Stanford on Sunday, Jan. 29, will coincide with the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Weekend. Head coach Mike Montgomery will swap his loafers for sneakers and the Golden Bears will don special shoes to take on the Cardinal and help promote cancer awareness. For more information on the special initiative and on how to get involved, please visit www.coachesvscancer.org.

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 January 25, Cal was rated 21st in the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (www.kenpom.com) and 23rd 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 26, 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 135 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 1,089 points and is in 29th 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).

FEED BIG BOB: Junior F Robert Thurman--also known as the Thurmanator--has become a force to be reckoned with since the Bears entered Pac-12 play. In eight games, he has made 20 of 26 shots (.769) and is averaging 5.4 points to go with 2.3 rebounds per outing. In 13 minutes against UCLA (Dec. 31), Thurman had a career-high 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting. The third-year Golden Bear really made his presence felt in a 69-66 road win against Washington on Jan. 19 when he had a career-high 16 points (7-for-11 FG) and seven rebounds in 21 minutes.

FRESH OFF THE TOP OF THE BLOCK: Freshman F David Kravish leads the Bears with 26 blocks, this season. He needs one more to tie Richard Solomon's fifth-best Cal freshman mark of 27 blocks. The next highest first-year totals in program history were set by Brian Hendrick (32 in 1990) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (35 in 1996).

A LITTLE HOME COOKIN': The Bears' have enjoyed repeated success at Haas Pavilion, this season, where they are 13-0. 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 173-58 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 7.4 more rebounds than visitors to Haas Pavilion. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .511 mark against the visitors' .364 percentage.

THREE'S COMPANY: Sophomore G Allen Crabbe has made 119 career three-pointers and is the third-leading active Pac-12 player for career triples. He is second in the conference for three-pointers made per game (2.8 per game). His .445 percentage ranks fifth in the league (57-128) and has the Bears in the Pac-12 lead in three-point shooting percentage (.401) with 111 made on 277 attempts, this season.


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