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Cal Looks to Regain Success in Arizona This Week
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Release:  01/04/2011

Jan. 4, 2011

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Cal Looks to Regain Success in Arizona This Week

California (7-6, 0-1) at Arizona (12-3, 1-1)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Location: McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
TV: FSN/CSNBA
Radio: KNEW 910

Dropping four of its last six games, California looks to get back in the win column on the road again this week. The Golden Bears trek to Arizona this weekend, starting with Arizona Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. PT at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats welcome the Bears with an overall record of 12-3, although they lost their last game to Oregon State, 76-75.

Cal (7-6, 0-1) lost its conference opener last Sunday to Stanford, 82-68, at Maples Pavilion. The Golden Bears shot 51.0 percent from the field and had four players reach double figures in scoring, but it wasn't enough to hold off Jeremy Green and the Cardinal. Junior forward Harper Kamp led the Bears in scoring with 16, while freshman guard Gary Franklin shot 4-for-7 from behind the arc to finish with 15. After hanging close throughout the first half, Stanford went on a run early in the second half to take control of the game.

It was the second time this season that Cal allowed over 80 points, and also the first time it allowed its opponent to shoot better than 50.0 percent.

Kamp currently leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 87.7 percent (50-57). Kamp paced Cal in scoring against Hartford with 19 points and nine rebounds before his team high 16 at Stanford. He is the team's leading scorer at 13.4 and second in rebounds (5.5).

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just over 40 percent from the field at 40.6 that ranks fourth in the conference. On Dec. 18, Cal Poly shot 29.4 percent against the Bears and 14.3 percent from three-point distance. Five opponents have shot under 40.0 percent and eight teams have scored less than 70 points against the Bears. Cal also boasts 73 steals on the campaign, led by junior Jorge Gutierrez's 15. Crabbe is second on that list with 13. His eight blocks are tied for the team lead after freshman Richard Solomon swatted away a season-best of three against Hartford.

Cal has also been successful in the rebounding department. In the Bears' loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). Against No. 3 Kansas, Cal was outrebounded by only one (40-39). Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison currently leads the team on the boards at 8.3 rpg. The Bears' rebounding margin of +4.2 ranks fourth in the conference.

Along with Cal's victory over Hartford, Montgomery earned his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. He became the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. 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.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     13.4    5.5
Led Cal in scoring at Stanford with 16
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Fri    6-7     265     Sr.     9.6     8.3
Collected 14 points and nine rebounds at Stanford
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.2    4.2 (APG)
Reached double figures in scoring 10 times this season
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     8.4     5.2
Posted a season-high 17 points against Hartford
G       4       Gary Franklin           6-2     195     Fr.     8.2     1.1
Swished four of his seven three-point attempts at Stanford

Arizona Scouting Report
A Look at Arizona

Arizona had a four-game winning streak snapped last weekend with a one-point loss at Oregon State. Arizona also fell victim to Kansas like Cal earlier in the season. 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Derrick Williams paces the Wildcats in scoring at 18.6 ppg. His 6.7 rpg also is the best on the squad.

Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona leads the all-time series, 52-28. The teams split the season series last year with the home team winning each game. Cal has also won the past three out of four, including an 83-77 win at McKale two seasons ago.

Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
Continuing his second season at the helm at Arizona, Sean Miller is rebuilding the Wildcats back towards the top of the conference, leading Arizona to a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 last season While at Xavier, his clubs posted four consecutive 20-victory seasons and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name                    Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       23      Derrick Williams        6-8     241     So.     18.6    6.7
F       33      Jesse Perry             6-7     201     Jr.     5.9     4.3
F       44      Solomon Hill            6-6     226     So.     8.3     4.6
G       12      Lamont Jones            6-0     196     So.     8.1     1.5
G       21      Kyle Fogg               6-3     180     Jr.     7.9     1.5

For more information: www.arizonawildcats.com

Golden Bear Notes
Cardinal Tops Bears in Pac-10 Opener

Four Bears reached double figures in scoring, but it wasn't enough to hold off Stanford, as the Cardinal defeated California, 82-68, last Sunday at Maples Pavilion. Harper Kamp led Cal in scoring with 16 points, while Gary Franklin shot 4-for-7 from three-point distance to record 15 points. Markhuri Sanders-Frison made six of his eight shots to finish with 14 points, and came up one rebound shy of his fourth career double-double. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez posted 11 points and a career-high tying eight assists. The Cal defense allowed 80 points for the second time this season (80, Southern Miss.). In addition, Stanford was the first team to shoot over 50.0 percent against the Bears this year.

Montgomery Reaches 600 wins
Mike Montgomery earned his 600th career NCAA Division I head coaching victory with Cal's win over Hartford on Dec. 28. He became the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. 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.

Cal Sports Stingy Defense
Entering this season without a lot of size on the roster, Cal has held its own on defense The Bears have held five opponents to shoot under 40 percent, and have held eight opponents to score less than 70 points. Jorge Gutierrez paces the Bears with 15 steals, while Allen Crabbe is second with 13. Crabbe and Richard Solomon are also tied for the team in blocks with eight each. Last Sunday's loss at Stanford marked just the second time this season that Cal has allowed its opponent to score 80 points (Southern Miss. 80). Stanford's 57.4 field goal percentage was also the first time the Bears have allowed any of its opponents to shoot better than 50.0 percent. On the season, Cal's defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just over 40 percent from the field at 40.6, which ranks fourth in the conference. On Dec. 18, Cal Poly shot 29.4 percent against the Bears and 14.3 percent from three-point distance. Five opponents have shot under 40.0 percent and eight teams have scored less than 70 points against the Bears.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in 10 of the 13 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 73, leads the team. He tied his season high with three against Southern Miss. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 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 three times this season, including last Sunday at Stanford. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

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. In his last two games, Kamp is shooting 12-of-16 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free throw line, averaging 17.5 points. 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). He paced Cal in scoring against Hartford, posting 19 points (shooting 6-for-7) with nine rebounds. Kamp is first on the team in scoring (13.4) and second in rebounding (5.5). After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 50 of his 57 tries (.877) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort against Hartford, which is the best in the Pac-10 right now. He led Cal in scoring at Stanford with 16 points, while also collecting two steals and assist and a block.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
Despite battling lingering foot injuries, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been a force for the Bears. He has three double-doubles to his credit this season, including posting 10 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas on Dec. 22 and 15 points and 10 rebounds against Cal Poly on Dec. 18. He has led Cal in rebounding nine of the 12 games he has played in this season. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 8.3 rpg on the season that ranks third in the conference. 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 is shooting 18-of-24 (.750) over his last four games, including 6-for-8 at Stanford. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .608 from the field that ranks third among the Pac-10 leaders. In his first four games this season, Sanders-Frison made just nine of his 24 attempts. His 9.6 ppg ranks third on the team.

Allen Crabbe: Raising his Game
After going through a bit of a dry patch, Allen Crabbe has put together back-to-back strong efforts on the court against Kansas and Hartford. He tallied a season-high 17 points with nine rebounds against Hartford on Dec. 28. Crabbe was also one of the Bears' solid contributors against Kansas on Dec. 22, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Earlier this season, he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he notched 10 points and 10 rebounds. Crabbe is averaging 8.4 ppg and third on the team in rebounds at 5.2 rpg. He has also been good on 15 of his 18 tries from the free throw line. His eight blocks are tied for the team lead, while his 13 steals rank second on the squad. Last Sunday at Stanford, Crabbe snagged five rebounds and a steal with seven points.

Help Off the Bench
As much as the Bears rely on their veterans to lead the team, Cal has also gotten significant help off the bench. Bak Bak and Nigel Carter have turned in huge outings off the bench. Carter went 4-for-4 from behind the arc against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, while Bak garnered his first career start against Hartford, and snagged a personal-best 10 rebounds and two steals. He also racked up a career-best 12 points against UC Davis. Transfer Jeff Powers made his Cal debut against Hartford, notching two rebounds.

Franklin For Three
Gary Franklin is 24-for-82 (29.3) from behind three-point range on the season. He swished four treys against New Mexico on Nov. 20, part of his season-high 16 points. He is fifth on the team in scoring at 8.2 ppg. The vast majority of Franklin's shot attempts this season have come from behind the arc. Nearly 70 percent of his attempts from the field (118) this year have been three-point attempts. Franklin sat out for most of the Hartford game with an illness, and still not back to 100 percent against Stanford, came out and swished four of his seven tries from three-point distance to finish the game with 15 points. Occasionally playing the role of point guard, Franklin has garnered 26 assists that ranks third on the team.

Bears on the Boards
In the Cal's loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). On Dec. 22 against No. 3 Kansas, Cal was outrebounded by only one (40-39). In their last two games, the Bears outrebounded Hartford by 13 and Stanford by four. A big reason for the strong play on the glass comes from Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the team's leading rebounder at 8.3 rpg. He has hit his personal high of 12 rebounds twice this season (San Diego State, Kansas). Harper Kamp is second on the team in rebounds at 5.5 rpg. He notched a career-high of 10 at Iowa State on Dec. 4. Allen Crabbe is currently averaging 5.2 rpg after collecting nine rebounds against Hartford. Cal has outrebounded nine of its 13 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +4.2 which currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10.

Efficient Shooting
Losing four big scorers from last season's team, the baskets have not come as easily for Cal as it did last year. To make up for the lack of veteran natural scorers, the Bears have made the most of their shot attempts from some its remaining veterans - Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison. In his last two games, Kamp is shooting 12-of-16 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free throw line, averaging 17.5 points. Kamp has also been strong at the free throw line, as well. After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 50 of his 57 tries (.877) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort against Hartford, which is the best in the Pac-10 right now. Sanders-Frison is shooting 18-of-24 (.750) over his last four games, including 6-for-8 at Stanford. He has been pretty clean from the charity stripe too, currently shooting 25-for-37 (67.6). Dealing with foot injuries/soreness, and getting into foul trouble in most games as a result of a lack of mobility, has prevented Sanders-Frison from taking many shots. He has taken a season-high of nine shot attempts only once and eight shots twice.

Smith Logs Solid Minutes
Brandon Smith has been a solid contributor off the bench, spelling Jorge Gutierrez at the point. He has totaled at least 20 minutes of playing time in seven games this season, including 29 against Hartford, which resulted in him posting a personal-best 15 points. He is second on the team in assists with 36.Smith garnered his first career start against Hartford, and also got the start last Sunday at Stanford. Smith had a solid night against New Mexico on Nov. 20, registering a career high of seven assists.

Solomon Helps Swat Shots Away
Another key factor off the bench for Cal, Richard Solomon has collected 11 steals on the year, and is currently averaging 4.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg after earning a double-double against Hartford (personal-high 10 points, 10 rebounds). Solomon is also tied for the team lead in blocks with eight. He notched three blocks in his season-high night against Hartford. Solomon isn't afraid to take his chances from three-point distance, as well, connecting on two of his six tries.

Cal's Freshman Class Ranked in the Top 20
Cal's freshman class this season was ranked No. 17 by Rivals.com 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 Rivals.com. 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 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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