Cal Hosts No. 3 Kansas for First Time Since 1956 in Pete Newell Classic
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Dec. 20, 2010

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California (6-4, 0-0) vs. Kansas (10-0, 0-0)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
Time: 8 p.m. PT
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KNEW 910

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For the first time since 1956, California welcomes Kansas to Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears and third-ranked Jayhawks square off Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. This game will also be the first Pete Newell Classic game.

The Bears (6-4) posted a 10-point victory over Cal Poly last Saturday, 51-41, behind senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison's second career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds). The 15 points tied his career high. Sanders-Frison was efficient once again from the field against the Mustangs, making five of his six shots, and has now led the Bears on the boards seven times this season. With the game tied at 39 with just over three and a half minutes to play, Cal closed out the game on a 12-2 run to seal the win.

Junior forward Harper Kamp currently leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 87.8 percent (36-41). Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez has been solid from the charity stripe, as well (46-57), as well as freshman guard Allen Crabbe (13-16).

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just under 40 percent from the field (39.6). Cal Poly shot 29.4 percent against the Bears and 14.3 percent from three-point distance. Cal also boasts 60 steals on the campaign, led by Gutierrez's 15. Freshman forward Richard Solomon is second on that list with 10 after notching two against Southern Miss.

Cal has also been successful in the rebounding department. In the past four out of five games, the Bears have outrebounded their opponents and by a combined difference of 20. Sanders-Frison currently leads the team on the boards at 7.8 rpg.

Kansas comes to Haas as the highest-ranked nonconference opponent since 1958 when No. 3 Kansas State visited Berkeley. The last time Kansas played at Cal in 1956, the Jayhawks won, 66-56, behind 23 points from freshman Wilt Chamberlain. Kansas topped the Bears in Lawrence last season, 84-69.

Boasting a 4-2 record in Haas Pavilion thus far this year, Cal has won 42 of its last 46 nonconference home games. Cal went 15-1 for the entire 2009-10 season at Haas Pavilion, with the lone defeat coming in overtime against UCLA. In 2008-09, the Bears were 9-0 in Berkeley against teams outside the Pac-10. In his first three years as head coach at Cal, Mike Montgomery currently has a record of 35-5 on the home court.

With the win over UC Davis on Dec. 1, Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also one win away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. His 599 career wins currently ranks sixth among active Division I NCAA head coaches.

Probable Starters

POS   NO    NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F     22    Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     13.1    5.8
Collected 20 points against So. Miss.
C     10    Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7	    265     Sr.      9.1    7.8
Earned second career double-double against Cal Poly
G      2    Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.6    3.8 (APG)
Reached double figures in scoring eight times this season
G     23    Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.      7.4    4.7
Secured his first collegiate double-double vs. Notre Dame (10 pts, 10 reb)
G      4    Gary Franklin           6-2     195     Fr.      8.3    1.2
Led Cal in scoring with 13 points against UC Davis

Kansas Scouting Report
A Look at Kansas

No. 3 Kansas comes to Berkeley with a perfect record of 10-0. The Jayhawks held on for a two-point win at home against USC last Saturday. The Jayhawks also defeated Arizona, UCLA and then-No. 14 Memphis, 81-68 earlier this season. Making his debut against the Trojans, freshman Josh Selby posted 21 points, including the game-winning three-pointer.

Cal-Kansas Series History
Kansas leads the all-time series, 15-3, including the 84-69 victory by the Jayhawks last season in Lawrence, Kansas. The last time Kansas came to Berkeley was in the 1956-57 campaign, when the Wilt Chamberlain-led Jayhawks beat the Bears, 66-56.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
Bill Self continues his eighth season as head coach for Kansas. He has won one national championship, six straight regular-season Big 12 titles and four league tournament championships. In his first trip to the Final Four in 2008, Self's team won the title.

Probable Starters

Pos  No	  Name	                Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F    22	  Marcus Morris         6-9     235     Jr.     16.3    6.3
G    10	  Tyshawn Taylor        6-3     185     Jr.     10.5    1.2
G    12	  Brady Morningstar     6-4     185     Sr.     5.6     2.4
G    24	  Tyrel Reed            6-3     193     Sr.     9.4     2.1
G    00	  Travis Releford       6-5     207     So.     6.1     2.2

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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Win Low-Scoring Affair with Cal Poly

Despite scoring just 51 points, Cal's defense clamped down on Cal Poly and emerged victorious, 51-41, last Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Markhuri Sanders-Frison recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 15 points tied his career high, as well. Jorge Gutierrez nailed a late three-pointer to seal the win and give him 10 points on the night. With just over three and a half minutes left in the contest, the game was tied at 39 before the Bears went on a 12-2 run to end the game.

Pete Newell Classic
To honor the legacy of Hall of Fame basketball coach Pete Newell Cal Athletics will designate one men's home game each year as the Pete Newell Classic, beginning with the Bears' matchup with No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 22. In addition, the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award will be presented to a deserving former men's basketball player at a ceremony during the Classic game. The award will be given to a Cal men's basketball alumnus who has distinguished himself in his career accomplishments, upholding the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University of California. Al Buch, a member of the Cal's 1959 NCAA championship men's basketball team who went on to become a successful businessman in the auto industry, has been selected as the first recipient of the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award.

Getting it Done on the Boards
In the past four out of five games, Cal has outrebounded its opponents and by a combined difference of 20. In the Bears' loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). Last Saturday against Cal Poly, Cal posted eight more boards than the Mustangs (39-31). A big reason for the strong play on the glass comes from Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the team's leading rebounder at 7.8 rpg. He boasted 10 rebounds against Cal Poly last Saturday and collected 12 against SDSU, which was a new career high. Richard Solomon has also been a solid contributor, as he tallied a season-high seven rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time against Cal Poly. Harper Kamp is second on the team in rebounds at 5.8 rpg. He notched a career-high of 10 at Iowa State on Dec. 4.

Montgomery Approaching 600 wins
With the victory over UC Davis on Dec. 1, Mike Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also one win away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. His 599 career wins currently ranks sixth among active Division I NCAA head coaches.

Active NCAA Division I Head Coaches with 600 Wins

1. Mike Krzyzewski - 878
2. Jim Boeheim -     840
3. Jim Calhoun -     831
4. Gary Williams -   656
5. Roy Williams -    621
6. Mike Montgomery - 599

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in eight of the 10 games this season, after recording just four double-figure scoring performances last season. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 15 steals, part of the team's 60, leads the team. He tied his season high with three against Southern Miss. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 ppg, and set new career highs in scoring in the first two games of the season (18 vs. Cal State Northridge and 20 vs. New Mexico). Taking over as the team's primary point guard, Gutierrez has recorded a personal-best eight assists twice this season. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In the past five games, Gutierrez has gone 23-for-27 at the charity stripe.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has jumped into the fire as one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20, and secured his second 20-point outing against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12. He also had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, recording his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were a new career high for Kamp, and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). Kamp is currently first on the team in scoring (13.1) and second in rebounding (5.6). After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 36 of his 41 tries (.878) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort against Southern Miss., which is the best in the Pac-10 right now.

Sanders-Frison Makes an Immediate Impact
After battling back spasms through the second half of last season, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has led Cal in rebounding seven of the 10 games this season, boasting 10 rebounds twice. He notched a new career high in rebounding against San Diego State on Dec. 8 with 12. Sanders-Frison's efforts on the boards have helped Cal currently lead the conference in defensive rebounds at 26.8 per game. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 7.8 rpg on the season. He posted double figures in scoring three consecutive games earlier this season, including a 12-point effort at Iowa State on Dec. 4. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying a personal-best 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. He duplicated that performance against Cal Poly last Saturday to record his second career double-double. He is shooting 22-for-29 from the field in his last five games. His 9.1 ppg ranks third on the team.

Crabbe Gets First Collegiate Double-Double
Allen Crabbe earned his first collegiate double-double when he notched 10 points and 10 rebounds against Notre Dame on Nov. 26. Crabbe is averaging 7.4 ppg and third on the team in rebounds at 4.7 rpg. He has also been good on 13 of his 16 tries from the free throw line. He just missed getting his first double-double against Temple on Nov. 25 when he boasted a season-best 12 points and eight rebounds. He nailed three treys at Iowa State. Against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, Crabbe notched two assists and two steals. His nine steals rank third on the team.

Cal's Freshman Class was Ranked in the Top 20
Cal's freshman class this season was ranked No. 17 by and No. 24 by ESPN. Leading the way is guard Allen Crabbe out of Price HS in Los Angeles, who was named the 2010 California Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American. Among Cal's other standout recruits is Gary Franklin (Mater Dei HS), whom ESPN listed as the No. 66 recruit in the nation. Two other newcomers join the squad from the Los Angeles area - freshman forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a sophomore transfer from Minnesota who attended Bishop Montgomery HS. Solomon was a high school teammate of Crabbe's and was rated the No. 20 power forward in the nation by One of the Bears' later signings, Emerson Murray from Vancouver, British Columbia, played on the Canadian Junior National team this past summer and was regarded by Hoopstars Canada as the second-best backcourt prospect in Canada. Alex Rossi is a natural shooter who is also known for his defensive abilities.

Golden Bear Notes
Max Zhang, Cal's 7-3 center who would have been a junior this season, recently signed with a professional team in China, ending his collegiate career ... Harper Kamp played chess competitively as a child ... Brandon Smith, a graduate of De La Salle High School, has been to four different continents, including working for an outreach program for schools and orphanages in India ... Emerson Murray comes from a family with a history of competing in track and field. His father is a long time track and field coach, and his sister was a member of the Canadian National Track and Field team and competed at Hawaii ... The lone signee this fall for the Bears was 6-9, 210-forward Davis Kravish out of Lee's Summit, Mo ... Cal's Pac-10 title last season was the Bears' first since 1960 ... Cal was 24-11 overall and 13-5 in the conference in 2009-10 ... Mike Montgomery has won 46 games in his first two seasons in Berkeley, breaking the school record of 39 set by Lou Campanelli in 1986 and '87.
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