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California Looks to Buff Pac-12 Title Hopes
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Release:  02/25/2012

Feb. 24, 2012

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Game #30
California (23-6, 13-3 Pac-12) at Colorado (18-9, 10-5)
Coors Events Center | Boulder, Colo.
Sunday, Feb. 26 - (3:30 p.m. MT) 2:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 10-8
Last 10 vs. Colorado: 5-5
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 57-50 (Jan. 12, 2012 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 94 / XM Satellite 191
TV: Fox Sports Net/CSN BA (Joel Myers and Reggie Theus)
Opponent Web: www.CUBuffs.com

BOULDER, Colo. - The Golden Bears (23-6, 13-3 Pac-12) can move one step closer to a Pac-12 title when they face Colorado (18-9, 10-5) in a Sunday-afternoon matinee at the Coors Center. The Buffaloes won't make it easy, though. Colorado has dropped just one league contest at home, this year, and is expecting a sellout crowd for senior day when the Bears take the court.

Cal needs one more win to match its 24-win total from the 2009-10 Pac-10 championship season. The next conference victory will match the program's record for most league wins in a season. Only the 1956-57 and 1958-59 squads reached 14 wins; both went 14-2 and won the Pacific Coast Conference title, each year.

Head coach Mike Montgomery is just the second coach in Cal history to record at least 10 conference wins in four consecutive seasons. Only Pete Newell has a longer streak with five seasons (1955-60).

Cal's season-high six-game winning streak is matched only by Washington State and Colorado's six-game streaks from earlier, this season. The Buffaloes' streak was snapped by the Bears in a 57-50 loss on Jan. 12, at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears have seen an uptick in production from its forwards in the last five games. Senior F Harper Kamp is leading the pack with 15.6 ppg and pulls down 5.8 rpg. Freshman F David Kravish is putting in 11.2 ppg and 9.0 rpg. In the backcourt, sophomore G Justin Cobbs has been averaging 14.2 ppg and just a shade under seven assists per outing.

Senior G Jorge Gutierrez has been the model of consistency and could be this season's Pac-12 Player of the Year with 13.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, and 1.2 spg.

GAME RECAP (UTAH): The Golden Bears won their season-high sixth straight game in a 60-46 victory over Utah. The win was the 13th in Pac-12 play to tie the second-best program mark in league games. Cal has reached 13 conference wins three other times; 1993-94, 2002-03, and 2009-10. Only the 1956-57 and 1958-59 squads had more conference wins with 14. Senior F Harper Kamp had another outstanding game as he led all scorers with 17 points to go with seven boards and a career-high tying five assists. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez had 12 points and five assists to become just the second Bear to record 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, and 400 assists in his career. The other player is Kevin Johnson (1984-87). Freshman F David Kravish added 11 points, six rebounds, and a career-best four blocks. The Bears held the Utes to just 7-for-25 shooting in the second half and 34.8-percent shooting in the game. It was the 17th time that Cal has held an opponent under 40-percent shooting, this season. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs had five points and a career-high seven rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Despite just three points from sophomore G Allen Crabbe (the first time in his career that he has been held without a field goal), the Bears earned 15 assists and came away with a season sweep of the Utes. For Utah, junior F Chris Hines had 15 points and three steals. Junior F Cedric Martin hit three three-pointers and finished the game with 11 points as the Utes dropped their eighth straight game. Junior F Robert Thurman had six points and three boards in 11 minutes off the bench.

COBBS NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore G Justin Cobbs was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for his performances against Oregon and Oregon State. He had a career-high 28 points against the Ducks on 13-for-19 shooting (.684) and added eight assists, three rebounds, and four steals. Two nights later, he had his second-career double-double with a career-high 13 assists and 10 points. He also grabbed a career-high-tying five rebounds. Cobbs was the first Cal player to hand out 13 assists since Jason Kidd had the same number in 1994. Cobbs is also the first Golden Bear to be named the league's player of the week since Jamal Boykin earned the honor on March 1, 2010.

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 24, Cal was rated 19th 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.


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