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Cal Opens Pac-12 Play Against Trojans and Bruins
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Release:  12/28/2011

Dec. 28, 2011

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Game #14
California (10-3, 0-0) vs. USC (5-8, 0-0)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Thursday, Dec. 29 - 6 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 129-120
Last Meeting: L, 70-56 (Mar. 10, 2011 | Pac-10 T, Los Angeles)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: Sirius XM 92
TV/Web: CSN California (Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini)
Opponent Web: www.USCTrojans.com

Game #15
California (10-3, 0-0) vs. UCLA (7-5, 0-0)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Saturday, Dec. 31 - 1 p.m. PT
Series Record: UCLA leads, 132-98
Last Meeting: W, 76-72 (Feb. 20, 2011 | Berkeley)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV/Web: Fox Sports Net (Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson)
Opponent Web: www.UCLABruins.com

BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (10-3) open the inaugural Pac-12 season as hosts of USC (5-8) and UCLA (7-5) over the New Year weekend. Cal closed its non-conference schedule on a loss at No. 21 UNLV but will enter league play with one of the top records in the Pac-12 at 10-3.

Last season, the Bears finished 10-8 in the Pac-10 (18-15 overall) and earned a fourth-place tie in the final standings. After a first-round exit from the conference tournament, Cal received a selection to the National Invitation Tournament and advanced to the second round.

Though the Bears have not experienced the success they would prefer, in road games, a perfect 9-0 mark at Haas Pavilion sets Cal up for a strong start to Pac-12 play. The Trojans have won six of the last ten meetings with the Bears, but Cal has had the upper hand in three of the last four games at Haas Pavilion.

Guard play has been a major factor for the Bears, who are led in scoring by sophomore Allen Crabbe (15.8 ppg), senior Jorge Gutierrez (13.8 ppg), and sophomore Justin Cobbs (12.6 ppg). Up front, Cal boasts a solid front line that features senior F Harper Kamp who puts up nine points per game and 5.8 rpg. Freshman F David Kravish leads the team in blocks (16) and scores 5.5 ppg.

GAME RECAP (NO. 21 UNLV): The Golden Bears had their four-game winning streak snapped by No. 21 UNLV in an 85-68 defeat at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Cal fell behind by 20 points in the first half, 46-26, and could never recover against a Runnin' Rebel team that shot 9-for-24 from three-point range and 48.6-percent in the game. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs played 39 minutes and scored 20 points to lead the Bears, but his efforts were not enough as Cal fell for just the third time, this season. Senior F Harper Kamp was one rebound short of a double-double outing with 12 points and nine rebounds. Not including Cobbs, Cal's guards combined to shoot 8-for-31 from the field. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe had 13 points and senior G Jorge Gutierrez had 12 points in a homecoming game for him. Gutierrez played his senior year of high school basketball at Findlay Prep, in Nevada. The Rebels got a game-high 22 points from Anthony Marshall and out-rebounded the Bears, 46-37; only the second time this season that Cal has been out-rebounded. Oscar Bellfield dished out 11 assists and added 11 points for UNLV, who had more assists than the Bears, as well, 22-11. With the loss, Cal completed the non-conference schedule with a 10-3 record.

A LITTLE HOME COOKIN': The Bears' have enjoyed repeated success at Haas Pavilion, this season, where they are 9-0. 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 169-58 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 23.8 points in home games and grabbing 10.9 more rebounds than visitors to Haas Pavilion. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .509 mark against the visitors' .361 percentage.


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