Feb. 9, 2010
California Golden Bears (15-8, 7-4) vs. Washington Huskies (16-7, 6-5)
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPN2
California Golden Bears (15-8, 7-4) vs. Washington State Cougars (15-8, 5-6)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: FSN/CSNBA
California ended its four-game road trip in sole poessesion of first place in the Pac-10 after it defeated UCLA by 14 last Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. The Golden Bears now look forward to coming home this week. Five of the remaining seven regular-season contests will be played in the Bay Area. Cal faces Washington Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
Things didn't get off on the right foot for the Bears against UCLA last Saturday. The Bruins broke out to a 22-8 lead early in the first half before the Bears enjoyed runs of 26-6 and 18-4 to claim a lead that they would never give up. Senior forward Theo Robertson and senior guard Patrick Christpoher put up 20 points each, while senior guard Jerome Randle chipped in 14. The win for the Bears snaps a six-game losing streak against UCLA, and it was the largest margin of victory at Pauley Pavilion since 1992-93 (104-82).
Randle, who passed Ryan Drew last Thursday for the school record in most career three-pointers made, now boasts 223 career treys. Randle is six three-point attempts away from the school record in that category, as well. He also needs 18 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists, and he is 12 behind Jason Kidd for third all-time.
The team leader in steals with 40, Christopher is ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,530 points, He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.3 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.7 rpg.
In addition to currently sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, Cal also has a Strength of Schedule ranking of No. 3 and an RPI ranking of No. 26.
After battling a sore back in recent weeks, junior forward Markhuri Sanders-Frison made his presence felt last Saturday at UCLA. Sanders-Frison and sophomore forward Omondi Amoke led the team with six rebounds, and Sanders-Frison also added six points.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.0 6.2 Tallied a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona State F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 5.1 5.3 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 19.1 4.7 apg Has made the most three-pointers in school history (223) G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 16.3 5.7 Scored his 1,500th point at USC last Thursday
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 37-19 record with the Golden Bears and a 584-263 (.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 picked Montgomery to be this season's coach of the year.
Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington
Washington (16-7, 6-5) comes to Berkeley riding a four-game winning streak, with wins over Arizona and Arizona State. Three of the Huskies' four victories during that stretch were blowout wins, including 92-64 win over rival Washington State.
Cal-Washington Series History
Cal leads the all-time series by a slim margin of 76-75. The Bears won both meetings last season, but lost to the Huskies in Seattle earlier this season. The loss to Washington last month ended a three-game winning streak for Cal in the series.
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
In seven years, Lorenzo Romar has elevated Washington to the elite level of college basketball. The charismatic coach plans to stay at the top after leading the 2008-09 Huskies to their first outright Pac-10 Championship since 1953. Romar's Huskies were 26-9 in 2009. He earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors for his efforts.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 20 Quincy Pondexter 6-6 215 Sr 20.6 8.3 F 33 Tyreese Breshers 6-7 255 Fr 3.9 3.3 F 22 Justin Holiday 6-6 180 Jr 4.9 4.0 G 2 Isaiah Thomas 5-8 185 So 17.1 4.3 G 10 Abdul Gaddy 6-3 190 Fr 4.6 1.5
For more information: www.gohuskies.com
Washington State Scouting Report
A Look at Washington State
Backed by Klay Thompson's 21.2 ppg, Washington State enters this weekend's Bay Area trip with a record of 15-8, 5-6, having just snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Arizona, 78-60, last Sunday in Pullman.
Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series 71-45. The Bears won both meetings last season, as well as this season's first meeting, and have won four of the last five in the series. Cal won by a score of 93-88 when these teams met last month in Pullman.
Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
Ken Bone spent the past four years as the head coach at Portland State, leading the Vikings to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09. In his four seasons with the Vikings, Bone posted a 77-49 record, recording the best winning percentage of any PSU coach since basketball was reinstated in 1996-97 (.611).
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 4 Nikola Koprivica 6-6 221 Sr 9.2 4.8 F 23 DeAngelo Casto 6-8 231 So 9.9 7.0 G 0 Marcus Capers 6-4 180 So 7.2 4.3 G 3 Reggie Moore 6-1 178 Fr 14.1 2.1 G 1 Klay Thompson 6-6 200 So 21.2 4.9
For more information: www.wsucougars.com
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Earn Biggest Win at UCLA Since 1992-93
Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson each posted 20 points, as California came back from early first-half deficit to defeat UCLA, 72-58, to snap a six-game losing streak against the Bruins last Saturday in Pauley Pavilion. The 14-point win was the largest at Pauley Pavilion since 1992-93. The Bruins jumped out to a 22-8 lead before Cal enjoyed runs of 26-6 and 18-4 to close out the first half with a seven-point lead. Robertson hit a three with a minute and a half left in the first half to give the Bears the lead, and they would never give it up. UCLA cut the deficit down to three, but Cal quickly extinguished the rally and went up by as many as 13 to preserve the win.
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 caused him to miss Cal's two games in Arizona, although he returned to action last Thursday at USC. Jerome Randle hasn't missed a game, but has battled 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. As a result of the short bench, Randle, Patrick Christopher, and Theo Robertson have averaged over 32.0 minutes per game. Despite all the setbacks, Cal currently stands alone in first place in the Pac-10.
In 18 of the 23 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. A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.1 ppg. He posted a career-high 39 points against Washington State on Jan. 14. He also posted 29 points at USC last Thursday. 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 on Jan. 28. 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 on Jan. 31, 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 11.0 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 Trio Taking Its Place in Cal History
Last season, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each scored their 1,000th career point. Randle now has 1,623 career points and currently stands in sixth on the school's all-time scoring list, after passing Leonard Taylor last Thursday. Christopher is ninth with 1,530 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
5. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 1,654 6. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,623 7. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,608 8. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 1,556 9. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,530 27. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,144
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.8 percent (131-299). Jerome Randle ranks seventh all-time at 40.2 percent (223-554). Randle's 223 career treys ranks first on Cal's all-time list, as he passed Ryan Drew (214) on Feb. 4 at USC. 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. In addition, Randle is only six three-point attempts from Drew's current school record of 560. Patrick Christopher's 141 career three-pointers place him seventh all-time in career three-pointers made. 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- ) 131 299 .438 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- ) 223 554 .402
Cal Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. Jerome Randle (2007 - ) 223 6. Randy Duck (1994-97) 153 7. Patrick Christopher (2007 - ) 141 8. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 139 9. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 136 10. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 11. Theo Robertson (2006 - ) 131
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 482 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list, 12 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 108 this season. If he records 18 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- ) 482
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. 2.
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .540 ranks fourth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 111 of the 190 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .584, 10th best in school history and ranks third in the conference. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.2 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-) 54.0% 320-592 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% 111-190
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. 26 and a ranking of 17th 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 third 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.
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 87.1 (346-397). 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 92-for-100 on the season (92.0), 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. His 346 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 (237-294). Cal set the school single-game record for free throws made without a miss against Arizona State on Jan. 28, 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 on Jan. 31. Despite missing 18 free throws at Washington on Jan. 16, Cal still made a season-high 32 free throws out of 50 attempts.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.1% 346-397 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. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 80.6% 237-294 8. Denny Fitzpatrick (1958-59) 80.6% 112-139
Cal Career Free Throws Made
6. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 354 7. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 346 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. 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. 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. Last Thursday at USC, Gutierrez tied his career best in rebounds with eight.
Earl Robinson Inducted Into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Earl Robinson, a two-sport star for California in the 1950s who played both basketball and baseball for the Golden Bears, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor at a ceremony during the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament in March. A 6-1 guard on the hardwood, Robinson played under Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell and helped Cal to conference titles in 1956, '57 and '58, earning a spot on the All-Coast team twice and the All-Pacific Coast Conference squad three times. Robinson was voted Cal's Most Inspirational Player as a senior in 1958 when he also served as team captain. He had his best statistical season during his junior campaign when he contributed 12.1 ppg, and he finished his career with 882 points, which ranked among the school's all-time top five.
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 12.1 mpg this season. He leads the team with 31 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 5.3 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 seven games. Amoke and Sanders-Frison led the Bears on the boards at UCLA last Saturday with six each.
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.