Feb. 18, 2012
California (21-6, 11-3) vs. Oregon State (15-11, 5-9)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Senior Day 2012
Saturday, Feb. 18 - 7 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 77-60
Last 10 vs. Oregon State: 6-4
Current Streak: Oregon State, 1
Last Meeting: L, 92-85 (Jan. 5, 2012 | Corvallis, Ore.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Todd McKim and John Wheeler)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 94 / XM Satellite 192
TV: Comcast SportsNet California
(Jim Kozimor and Stan Morrison)
Opponent Web: www.OSUBeavers.com
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (21-6, 11-3 Pac-12) host Oregon State (15-11, 5-9) in their final regular-season home game on Saturday, Feb. 18. Seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp will be honored in pre-game Senior Day festivities.
Cal is 16-1 in games at Haas Pavilion, this season, and has outscored opponents by 18.1 points per contest. The Bears also hold a plus-6.1 rebound margin against visitors. The only visiting team that has won is Arizona, who squeezed by with a 78-74 victory on Feb. 2. Unfortunately for the Bears, they won't face the Wildcats, again. On the other side of that equation, Cal will have the opportunity to avenge one of its conference road losses when they tip off against the Beavers.
At 21-6, the Bears equaled their best start since 2001-02. The next victory would match head coach Mike Montgomery's first-year win total of 22. His 85 Cal wins have surpassed the 80 victories he garnered in his first four seasons at Stanford and far outpace the 67 he tallied in his first four years at Montana.
Kamp and Gutierrez, who have become icons of Montgomery's time with the Bears, will play their final game at Haas Pavilion. Kamp has started all 27 of Cal's games, this season, and will move into fourth place (127 games) for all-time career contests when he takes the floor against the Beavers. Gutierrez ranks eighth on that list as he heads into his 123rd career game with the Bears.
Sophomore G Justin Cobbs poured in a career-high 28 points in Cal's 86-83 victory over Oregon and had the time to dish out eight assists. His sophomore backcourt running-mate Allen Crabbe is the league's fifth-leading scorer at 15.6 ppg. The Bears will have to find a way to contain the league's top scorer in OSU junior G Jared Cunningham (18.9 ppg), who scored 24 points the last time the teams met.
GAME RECAP (OREGON): Sophomore G Justin Cobbs went off for 19 second-half points to propel the Golden Bears to a fourth straight win; their series-record ninth straight against Oregon. Cal matched the 21-6 record set by the 2001-02 squad and scored a season-high 86 points as it came back from down eight points with five minutes left in the game to win in dramatic fashion. Cobbs finished with a career-high 28 points on 13-for-19 shooting and found the time to dish out eight assists. He was also effective on the defensive end of the court as he collected five steals to help force the Ducks into 22 turnovers. Senior F Harper Kamp hit critical free throws down the stretch and finished with 20 points and six rebounds while freshman F David Kravish tied his career-high with 13 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds. On a night when senior G Jorge Gutierrez and sophomore G Allen Crabbe combined to shoot 4-for-17 from the field, the Bears managed to shoot a better percentage than their opponent for the 21st time, this season. Cal is undefeated when it out-shoots its opponent. Gutierrez hit a pair of free throws as part of a 12-2 Cal run with 1:41 left in the game to give the Bears their first lead since the 3:29 mark of the first half. For Oregon, senior G Devoe Joseph (a former teammate of Cobbs' at Minnesota) shot 10-for-17 from the field and hit four three-pointers and all nine of his free throws to score a career-high 33 points.
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 17, Cal was rated 18th in the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (www.kenpom.com) and 22nd 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.