Jan. 13, 2012
California (14-4, 4-1) vs. Utah (4-12, 1-3)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Saturday, Jan. 14 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 9-8
Last 10 vs. Utah: 6-4
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 72-69 (Dec. 10, 2008 | Salt Lake City, Utah)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 85 / XM Satellite 85
TV: Comcast SportsNet California (Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini)
Opponent Web: www.UtahUtes.com
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (14-4, 4-1 Pac-12) will face a struggling Utah squad (4-12, 1-3) in defense of their perfect 12-0 mark at Haas Pavilion, this Saturday, Jan. 14. Though the players will match up on the court, California head coach Mike Montgomery will face Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak, a former player at Montana, for the first time.
Cal is the only remaining Pac-12 team with an unblemished home record. The Bears have maintained that mark with strong performances on Pete Newell Court. They have outscored opponents by 20.1 points per game, and hold a plus-7.2 rpg edge against visitors.
The Bears seek their third three-game winning streak of the season when the Utes pay a visit, and a win could hand the Utes their second three-game losing streak of the year. After a season-opening win against San Diego Christian, Utah fell on hard times through an eight-game skid. Entering the weekend, they have won just one game in five outings, but the Utes have lost by just four points (to Washington, 57-53) and by three points (to Stanford, 68-65) in their last two games.
In order to hold on to its share of first place in the conference, the Bears will look to seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp. Gutierrez averages 14.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg while leading the Bears in steals with 23. Kamp has been a consistent force on the front line with 9.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
In the backcourt, Cal benefits from the sharp shooting of a pair of productive sophomore guards. Allen Crabbe leads the team in scoring with 16.1 ppg and pulls down 6.0 rebounds each game. Justin Cobbs is the third Bear in double digits for point production. He averages 12.8 ppg to go with a team-high 82 assists, this season.
Saturday evening's game will be Cal's 11th on television, this season. The Bears have won seven of their previous 10 TV games. Comcast SportsNet California will be at Haas Pavilion to broadcast the 7:30 p.m. PT tip against the Utes with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini on the call.
GAME RECAP (COLORADO): Senior F Harper Kamp had a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds to buoy the Golden Bears to a 57-50 victory over Colorado and hand the Buffaloes their first conference loss of the season. Cal overcame its lowest-scoring first-half of the year (22 points) and a dismal 31-percent shooting first half to claim its 12th win at Haas Pavilion, this season, without a loss. The Bears have won 15 consecutive home games and erased what was their first home-court halftime deficit of the year to claim the win. Kamp shot 6-for-12 on the night but fellow senior Jorge Gutierrez struggled from the field in a 2-for-17 game and finished with five points. Gutierrez grabbed six boards and dished out a game-high four assists. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs came up with 12 points and five rebounds to go with three steals and helped seal the deal for the Bears, down the line, with his free throws. Cobbs, Gutierrez, and sophomore G Allen Crabbe combined for 26 points to match their lowest total as a trio since a 72-55 win over Austin Peay on Nov. 15. Sophomore F Richard Solomon contributed six points and two steals in 12 minutes off the bench, and freshman F David Kravish posted six points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks. Colorado's Austin Dufault led all players with 19 points and went 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point line.
HANDS OF STEAL: Senior G Jorge Gutierrez leads the Bears in steals, this season, with 23, 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 132 and is tied with Chris Washington (1984-87) for seventh 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 to lead all scorers. He now has 1,046 career points to rank 34th, all-time, among Golden Bears. 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).
A LITTLE HOME COOKIN': The Bears' have enjoyed repeated success at Haas Pavilion, this season, where they are 12-0. 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 172-58 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 20.1 points in home games and grabbing 7.2 more rebounds than visitors to Haas Pavilion. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .504 mark against the visitors' .365 percentage.