Feb. 2, 2010
California Golden Bears (14-7, 6-3) at USC Trojans (12-9, 4-5)
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: None
California Golden Bears (14-7, 6-3) at UCLA Bruins (10-11, 5-4)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m., Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CBS
After a tough four-point loss last Sunday at Arizona, California heads right back out on the road to Los Angeles this weekend to face USC and UCLA. The Golden Bears are halfway through their four-game road trip and the conference portion of the schedule. Cal and USC square off on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Galen Center.
Despite suffering defeat in Tucson, senior forward Theo Robertson reached a new career high of 27 points. Robertson rebounded nicely after not scoring a point in the game before at Arizona State. Senior guards Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each chipped in 15 points each, but went a combined 3-for-15 from three-point range. Sunday's game marked Christopher's 100th career start. Having played in 120 career games, not missing one single game throughout his collegiate career, Christopher is on pace to set the school record for most games played (Keith Smith, 1987-90 - 128).
Randle needs two treys to set the new school record for career three-pointers made. He also needs 26 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists.
The team leader in steals with 38, Christopher is ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,499 points. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.4 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.8 rpg.
Randle's 341 career free throws ranks seventh all-time in school history. He also leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.9 ppg, and is averaging 4.7 assists per game.
With its perfect 14-for-14 shooting from the free throw line last Thursday and 20-for-24 last Sunday, Cal went 34-for-38 from the free throw line last weekend, including Robertson finishing a perfect 10-for-10 against Arizona. Cal boasts a season free throw percentage of 74.4 that ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Boykin is the team rebounding leader at 6.5 rpg, sophomore forward Omondi Amoke is third on the team in rebounding at 5.4 rpg after Christopher.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.3 6.5 Tallied a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona State F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 5.4 5.4 Posted a game-high 11 rebounds vs. Oregon F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 14.2 4.5 Notched a career-best 27 points at Arizona G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 18.9 4.7 apg Set new career in scoring with 39 points at Washington State G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.4 5.8 Came up one point shy of a new career high at Washington (28 points)
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 36-18 record with the Golden Bears and a 583-262 (.689) 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.
USC Scouting Report
A Look at USC
USC has lost its last two and three of its last four, including dropping both contests in Oregon last weekend. Dwight Lewis leads the Trojans in scoring, averaging 13.7 ppg. Nikola Vucevic is second in scoring at 11.6 ppg and is also USC's leading rebounder at 9.6 rpg.
Cal-USC Series History
Cal leads the all-time series by a slim margin of 127-118. Cal and USC met three times last season with each team winning on their home court and the Trojans emerging victorious when they met in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Bears won the first meeting this season at Cal by a score of 67-59.
USC Head Coach Kevin O'Neill
Kevin O'Neill, a former head coach of the Arizona Wildcats, brings 13 years of collegiate and NBA head coaching experience and has worked in the coaching ranks for 30 years. Last year, he served as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 0 Marcus Johnson 6-6 210 Sr 10.2 4.8 F 1 Alex Stepheson 6-9 235 Jr 9.5 7.6 C 5 Nikola Vucevic 6-10 240 So 11.6 9.6 G 21 Dwight Lewis 6-5 215 Sr 13.7 2.5 G 44 Mike Gerrity 6-1 180 Sr 9.3 2.8
For more information: www.usctrojans.com
UCLA Scouting Report
A Look at UCLA
UCLA has won three of its last four, including a 10-point win at Oregon State last Saturday. Michael Roll leads UCLA in scoring with 13.0 ppg, and Malcolm Lee is right behind Roll at 12.7 ppg.
Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series 131-95, including a victory last season at Haas Pavilion when ESPN GameDay came to Cal. The Bruins also topped the Bears in overtime with a last-second basket in their first meeting this season in Berkeley, 76-75.
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
Entering his seventh year as the Bruins' head coach in 2009-10, Howland has led UCLA to three straight Pacific-10 Conference titles (2006-08) and three consecutive Final Four appearances (2006-08). Last year, Howland guided the Bruins to a 26-9 overall record and a 13-5 league mark to place second in the Pac-10.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 13 James Keefe 6-8 235 Sr 2.1 2.7 F 41 Nikola Dragovic 6-9 225 Sr 11.5 4.9 G 3 Malcolm Lee 6-4 190 So 12.7 4.4 F 23 Tyler Honeycutt 6-7 178 Fr 5.8 6.1 G 20 Michael Roll 6-5 200 Sr 13.0 2.4
For more information: www.uclabruins.com
Golden Bear Notes
Robertson Hits New Career High in Scoring, But UA Beats Cal
Theo Robertson recorded a career-best 27 points, but it wasn't enough for Cal to hold off Arizona last Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats won 76-72 at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Nic Wise made a late basket and converted on the free throw attempt for a three-point play in the final minute of the game to give the Wildcats the eventual victory. It was Robertson's ninth career 20-point outing. It was also just the second time in the 15 games this season that Cal led at halftime, but went on to lose the game. Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each scored 15 points, but the duo went a combined 3-for-15 from three-point range.
Missing in Action
For the majority of this season, Cal hasn't been at 100 percent health. The Bears have been dealing with injuries and illnesses all season. Theo Robertson missed six games during the nonconference schedule because of a sore foot and Jorge Gutierrez missed five games at the start of conference play with a knee injury. Gutierrez was also one of a number of players who played with the flu earlier this season. Markhuri Sanders-Frison was another player who had the flu earlier this season, and now, Sanders-Frison is dealing with a sore back that kept him out of the lineup last week. Jerome Randle hasn't missed a game, but has battled the flu and a sore knee in recent weeks. In addition, the Bears have been without Harper Kamp for the entire season, as he's still recuperating from offseason knee surgery. Despite all the setbacks, Cal currently stands in first place in the Pac-10.
In 17 of the 21 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, with eight of those performances reaching the 80-point mark. The Bears also earned their third 90-point performance on Jan. 14 with 93 at Washington State. Their season scoring average of 78.7 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 18.9 ppg. He posted a career-high 39 points against Washington State on Jan. 14. Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, came up one point shy of his career high in scoring when he posted 28 at Washington on Jan. 16. Christopher also tallied 21 points against Arizona State last Thursday. After missing six games from a foot injury, Robertson posted two straight 20-point performances against UCLA and USC on Jan. 6 and 9, going 18-for-20 from the free throw line in those two games. He recorded a career-best 27 points at Arizona last Saturday, including going 10-for-10 from the free throw line. It was his ninth career 20-point outing. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.3 ppg with three 20-point efforts on the season, including a career high of 25 points against the Sun Devils, half of his third double-double (10 rebounds). Boykin also 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 78.7 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 1,580 career points and currently stands in seventh on the school's all-time scoring list, after passing Brian Hendrick on Jan. 28. Christopher is ninth with 1,499 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
6. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,608 7. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,580 8. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,556 9. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,499 27. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,116
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 474 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list, 20 behind Jason Kidd. On the season, Randle is averaging 4.7 assists per game, and has recorded nine assists in three separate games. The first time he notched nine assists, against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State on Dec. 5 and Washington State on Jan. 14. Last season, against Arizona State on Jan. 4, 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, and he has 100 this season. If he records 26 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- ) 474
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 six teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and New Mexico - were all ranked in the AP Top 20, including Kansas coming in then at No. 1. The Jayhawks also currently boast the nation's top RPI ranking with Syracuse right behind them in second. In this week's AP Top 25, Kansas is ranked No. 1 and Syracuse is No. 3.
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.6 percent (127-291). Jerome Randle ranks seventh all-time at 40.0 percent (213-532). Randle's 213 career treys ranks second on Cal's all-time list (Ryan Drew, 214). He and Drew are the only two Cal players to make 200 treys, and Randle became the 32nd player in Pac-10 history to accomplish the feat. Patrick Christopher's 137 career three-pointers place him seventh all-time in career three-pointers made, just two shy of sixth. On Jan. 14 at Washington State, Randle swished seven of his 12 three-point attempts, one shy of his personal high. As a team, Cal had its best three-point shooting percentage of the season at 55.0 (11-20).
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 127 291 .436 2. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .431 5. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .407 6. Omar Wilkes (2006-07) 61 151 .404 7. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 213 532 .400
Cal Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. Ryan Drew (1988-91) 214 2. Jerome Randle (2007 - ) 213 5. Randy Duck (1994-97) 153 6. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 139 7. Patrick Christopher (2007 - ) 137 9. Theo Robertson (2006 - ) 127
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .539 ranks fourth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 104 of the 178 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .584, the 10th best in school history, ranks third in the conference and ninth in the nation. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.5 rpg. He notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds), his second on Dec. 22 at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds) and his third on Jan. 28 at Arizona State with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. He reached a career high in rebounding with 15 boards at Kansas. Against Princeton on Nov. 29, Boykin tied his then-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
3. Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) 56.1% 349-622 4. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 53.9% 313-580 5. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 53.8% 576-1,071 6. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
8. Leonard Taylor (1987) 59.2% 87-147 9. Roy Fisher (1989) 58.7% 135-230 10. Jamal Boykin (2010) 58.4% 104-178
Jerome Randle Almost Perfect at the Line
Cal's all-time leader in career free throw percentage entering last season, senior Jerome Randle boasts a career percentage of 87.4 (341-390). Last season, Randle made 139 of his 161 free throw attempts (86.3%). It appears nothing has changed for Randle, as he went 10-for-11 from the charity stripe at Washington State on Jan. 14 and a perfect 12-for-12 against Detroit on Nov. 11. He's currently 87-for-93 on the season (93.5), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is third in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. He has made 27 of his last 28 attempts, and his 341 career free throws rank seventh all-time in school history. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently tied for eighth on the chart with a percentage of 80.6 (234-290). Christopher has converted on his last 16 attempts. Cal set the school single-game record for free throws made without a miss against Arizona State last Thursday, shooting a perfect 14-for-14. The previous record was also 100 percent, but the Bears shot 12-for-12 in that contest back in 2007. Against the Trojans on Jan. 9, as a team, Cal shot 21-for-24 from the free throw line, including Theo Robertson going 9-for-10. Robertson also was a perfect 10-for-10 at Arizona last Sunday. Despite missing 18 free throws at Washington on Jan. 16, Cal still made a season-high 32 free throws out of 50 attempts. Cal's season free throw percentage of 74.4 is currently fourth all-time in school history and No. 22 in the nation.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.4% 341-390 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 8. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 80.6% 234-290
Cal Career Free Throws Made
6. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 354 7. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 341 8. Roy Fisher (1988-91) 338
Hip Hip Jorge
One of Cal's toughest defenders, Jorge Gutierrez snagged two steals and was a clean 2-for-2 from the three-point line in the 2009 season-opening victory against Murray State on Nov. 9. 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. 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 (13-22) for a percentage of 59.1. Gutierrez returned to action against Oregon State on Jan. 23 after suffering a knee injury in the conference opener on Jan. 2. On Jan. 28 at Arizona State, Gutierrez only made one shot out of five attempts, but it was a big shot for the Bears. After the Sun Devils cut Cal's lead from 16 down to just one point, Gutierrez hit a huge three-pointer in the corner to give the Bears' a four-point lead and silence the ASU rally.
In the rankings
After briefly enjoying an AP ranking of No. 13 at the start of the season, Cal slipped out of the Top 25 after a couple early-season losses to ranked teams, but the Bears still maintain an RPI ranking of No. 24 and a ranking of 21st in the pomeroy rankings. Playing in a conference that's considered to be having a "down" year, the Bears currently have a Strength of Schedule ranking of fourth in the nation. All four of Cal's nonconference losses came against teams that were in the Top 20 at that time, including at No. 1 Kansas.
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, Stanford on Jan. 2 and at Arizona on Jan. 31. 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 12.5 mpg this season. He leads the team with 30 blocks on the season (after posting 13 last season), and is shooting 27-for-43 (62.8) from the field.
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 reached double figures in rebounding against Oregon on Jan. 21 with a game-high of 11. He is third on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.4 rpg. Amoke paced the Bears on the boards against Washington State on Jan. 14 with seven, as well as against the Ducks with 11. He made his first career start against the Cougars, filling in for the injured Markhuri Sanders-Frison, and has started the last six games.
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.