Nov. 8, 2009
No. 12 Cal Opens 2009-10 Season vs. Murray State
California Golden Bears (0-0) vs. Murray State Racers (0-0)
Monday, Nov. 9, 8:00 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPNU
California Golden Bears (0-0) vs. Detroit Titans (0-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8:00 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPNU
No. 12 California opens the 2009-10 season when it hosts Murray State on Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion and Detroit on Wednesday, Nov, 11, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion as part of the regional portion of the 2009 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Golden Bears were picked to win the Pac-10 in the conference media poll that came out on Oct. 29. In addition, Cal earned a Top-25 preseason ranking for the third time in school history (No. 12 USA Today/Coaches poll, No. 13 Associated Press). Cal was also picked No. 10 in the Rivals.com preseason poll and No. 12 in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) poll.
Last Thursday, Cal handled Chico State, 84-42, in an exhibition contest at Haas Pavilion. Senior guard Patrick Christopher had a game-high 16 points and senior forward Jamal Boykin led all players with 12 rebounds. Tonight is Christopher's 100th career game.
Christopher is joined in the backcourt this season by fellow 2009 All-Pac-10 first-teamer, senior guard Jerome Randle. Both Randle and Christopher were recently named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. Randle is also listed as a candidate for the Wooden Award, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the Bob Cousy Award.
One of the major contributing factors to Cal's 20-win campaign in 2008-09 was its three-point shooting. The Bears, who led the nation in that category all of last season, were armed with senior forward Theo Robertson (56-115, 48.7%), Randle (82-177, 46.3%) and Christopher (48-134, 35.8%) from behind the arc. Cal ended the campaign with a three-point shooting percentage of 42.7, which not only was the best in school history, but marked first time the Bears shot over 40.0 percent.
Junior-College transfer Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who averaged 9.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg at South Plains City College last season, joined the four veteran seniors in last Thursday's starting lineup. Also getting some quality playing time last Thursday was freshman guard Brandon Smith, who comes to Berkeley after leaving De La Salle High School regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of the program.
Probable Starters & Key Reserves (2008-09 Averages & Notes)
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 9.6 6.4 F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 13.1 3.9 C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 18.3 4.5 apg G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 14.5 3.8 G 2 Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 195 So 4.7 3.2 F 43 Harper Kamp 6-8 250 Jr 3.8 3.2 G 13 Nikola Knezevic 6-3 190 Sr 1.3 0.4 F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 2.6 2.1 G 1 D.J. Seeley 6-4 195 So 2.0 0.9 C 14 Max Zhang 7-3 240 So 1.3 0.6
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 22-11 record with the Golden Bears and a 569-255 (.690) overall mark that includes eight years at Montana and 18 seasons at Stanford. Montgomery has coached teams to one NIT title (1991), four Pac-10 regular-season crowns (1999, 2000, '03, '04) and one Pac-10 Tournament title (2004), as well as the 1998 NCAA Final Four. 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.
Murray State Scouting Report
A Look at Murray State
Murray State got its season off on the right foot with a 93-39 exhibition victory over Bethel last Thursday. Ivan Aska led the way with a game-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, as five Racers reached double figures in scoring. Last season, the Racers went 19-12. Forward Danero Thomas led Murray State with an average of 12.5 ppg.
Cal-Murray State Series History
This is the first meeting between Cal and Murray State.
Murray State Head Coach Billy Kennedy
Billy Kennedy begins his fourth season as Murray State University's head men's basketball coach with an eye on winning the Ohio Valley Conference championship, after numerous close calls and three-straight second- place finishes.
Probable Starters (2008-09 Averages)
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg
F 12 Danero Thomas 6-4 190 Sr 12.5 4.3
F 42 Ivan Aska 6-7 215 So 10.3 5.8
C 43 Tony Easley 6-9 220 Sr 6.7 5.4
G 00 Isacc Miles 6-0 165 Jr 10.6 3.0
G 1 B.J. Jenkins 6-3 185 Jr - -
For more information: www.goracers.com
Detroit Scouting Report
A Look at Detroit
Thomas Kennedy led all scorers with 28 points and Detroit sank 32 free throws in a 93-46 exhibition win over Adrian College at Calihan Hall last Friday night. In all, five Titans reached double figures in the effort. In 2008-09, Detroit finished 7-23, including a 3-15 record on the road. Forward Xavier Keeling paced the Titans, averaging 12.4 ppg.
Cal-Detroit Series History
This is the second meeting all-time between Cal and Detroit. The first meeting came during the 1937-38 season when the Bears won 32-28 at Detroit.
Detroit Head Coach Ray McCallum
Ray McCallum - a veteran of more than 20 years in college basketball and, most recently, assistant head coach at Indiana University - is in his first season as head coach at Detroit. He brought 11 years of head coaching experience with him to UDM, having previously served in that role at his alma mater, Ball State (1994-2000), as well as Houston (2001-04).
Probable Starters (2008-09 Averages)
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg
F 00 Xavier Keeling 6-7 235 Jr 12.4 6.6
F 15 Thomas Kennedy 6-7 210 Sr 11.6 4.5
G 1 Chase Simon 6-6 200 So - -
G 3 Lamar Lee 6-0 170 Jr - -
G 5 Donavan Foster 5-10 160 So 4.0 1.2
For more information: www.detroittitans.com
Bears Breeze by Chico State in Exhibition Win
Cal defeated Chico State, 84-42, in an exhibition game last Thursday at Haas Pavilion. Patrick Christopher paved the way for the Bears, notching a game-high 16 points and shooting 6-for-8 from the floor. Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez also hit double figures in scoring, tallying 11 points. On the boards, senior forward Jamal Boykin led all players with 12 rebounds. Cal's defense clamped down on the Wildcats. Chico State only shot 28.6 percent (16-56) from the field for the game, and made only three of its 18 three-pointers.
Randle and Christopher Make Preseason Watch Lists
Jerome Randle was recently named one of the 50 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the midseason Top 30 list, followed in March by the national ballot, consisting of approximately 20 top players. The Wooden Award All-American team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010. Randle was also recently named a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award. He and Patrick Christopher were also two of 50 players recently 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 came in at No. 4 on Rivals.com's preseason point guard power rankings, while Christopher was No. 8 on the shooting guard power rankings.
Bears Enjoy First Preseason Top-25 Ranking in 16 Years
Coming in at No. 12 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press preseason Top-25 rankings, Cal garnered preseason Top-25 rankings for only the third time in school history. The only other two occurrences came in the fall of 1993 with then-sophomore Jason Kidd and then-junior Lamond Murray leading the Bears to a No. 6 preseason ranking, and at the outset of the 1995-96 campaign (No. 25). Cal was also selected No. 10 in the Rivals.com preseason poll and No. 12 in the USBWA preseason poll. Cal was slated to win the Pac-10 in the conference preseason media poll that came out last week. The only other time the Bears were predicted to win the Pac-10 was prior to the 1993-94 campaign.
Trey All the Way
With Jerome Randle leading the way, Cal ranked first nationally in three-point shooting last season, having connected on 42.7 percent of its shots from behind the arc. Randle's 46.3 percent was second only to Theo Robertson and his 48.7 percent (56-115) that ranked fourth in the nation. Randle set the Cal single-season record for three-pointers with 82, including swishing eight trifectas at Arizona last season, one shy of the single-game mark. Randle shattered the previous season record of 68 set by Ryan Drew in 1990. In addition to Randle and Robertson, guard Patrick Christopher made 35.8 percent of his treys, while forward Jamal Boykin made three of his six attempts.
NCAA Three-Point Percentage Leaders in 2008-09
1. California .427 210-492 2. Portland .418 256-613 3. North Dakota State .412 238-578 4. Cornell .411 241-587 5. Green Bay .410 268-653
Cal Three-Point Season Leaders
1. 2008-09 .427 210-492 2. 1989-90 .387 196-507 3. 1987-88 .375 133-355 4. 2005-06 .374 169-452 5. 2003-04 .374 198-530
Cal's Non-Conference Success at Haas Pavilion
With a 9-0 record in Haas Pavilion last year, Cal has now won 31 of its last 33 non-conference home games at home. In 2007-08, the Bears were 8-1 in Berkeley against teams outside the Pac-10, including a 68-66 victory over New Mexico in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. Looking back further, Cal was 6-1 outside the conference at home in 2006-07 and 6-0 in 2005-06.
Jerome Randle Almost Perfect at the Line
Already Cal's all-time leader in career free throw percentage entering last season, senior Jerome Randle connected at an even higher clip in 2008-09. Over his first two years in the program, Randle was a combined 115-for-126 (84.6%), which ranked just ahead of Michael Chavez, who was 198-for-235 (84.3%) at the stripe from 1980-83. Last season, though, Randle made 139-for-161 free throw attempts (86.3%). He was an impressive 16-for-18 vs. Florida State even after missing his final try on purpose to give the Bears a chance at the rebound when they were down two with three seconds left.
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 85.5% 254-297 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. Bill Duwe (1969-72) 81.6% 120-147
Boykin Boosts Bears with Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin emerged as Cal's most consistent rebounder last season, averaging 6.4 per game. He paced the Bears on the glass 16 times overall, with a career high of 14 at Washington State on Jan. 8, a feat he duplicated at Oregon last Feb. 19. Not only did Boykin have a team-high 136 defensive rebounds, but he also owned a team-best 75 offensive boards. He also helped with scoring, posting a career-best 22 points at Stanford on Jan. 17. He racked up five double-doubles on the year, including 11 points and 14 rebounds at Oregon on Feb. 19. Boykin averaged 9.6 ppg with 17 double-digit contests. In addition, Boykin's career field goal percentage of .520 ranks sixth all-time in school history. Last Thursday against Chico State, Boykin led all players with 12 boards.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082 6. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 52.0% 219-421 7. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
Bears Add Bak, Sanders-Frison, Smith and Thurman
The 2009-10 newcomers features junior-college transfer center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, freshman forward Bak Bak and freshman guard Brandon Smith out of De La Salle High School. Sanders-Frison comes to the Bears from South Plains City College in Texas. The native of Portland, Ore., averaged 9.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg last season. Smith is regarded by De La Salle as one of the best defenders in school history. A native of Concord, Calif., he holds the school record for steals in a game with nine. Offensively, Smith led De La Salle in scoring (12.1 ppg), assists (7.3 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio. Bak has the ability to stretch defenses through his reliable shooting from the perimeter. Originally from Sudan and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Bak posted senior-season totals of 18.2 ppg and 11.7 rpg at Village Christian High School. Also included in this year's incoming class is sophomore transfer Robert Thurman. A walk-on redshirt this season, Thurman comes to Berkeley from Norwich University. Last year at the Division III school in Vermont, Thurman averaged 11.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg and had 42 blocks.
Multiple 1,000-Point Scorers
On Feb. 5, 2009, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher became the 37th and 38th players in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Randle entered the game at Washington needing 17 points and scored 21, while Christopher only needed three points to reach the milestone and hit it with a free throw with 2:23 left in the contest. Randle enters the campaign 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,184 points, and Christopher is 25th with 1,154 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 pair of 1,000-point scorers on the team for the fourth time in school history, with the last occurrence being Joe Shipp and Brian Weathers in 2003. Theo Robertson is just 97 points shy of 1,000 career points. If he is able to reach 1,000 points, it would mark the first time that Cal had three 1,000-point scorers on the same team.
Cal's All-Time Scoring Leaders
17. Doug True (1977-80) 1,215 18. Ayinde Ubaka (2004-07) 1,194 19. Gene Ransom (1976-78) 1,185 20. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,184 25. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,154
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 374 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands seventh on the school's all-time list. .Against Arizona State on Jan. 4, Randle dished out a career-best 10, and he led the team 20 times during season. Randle currently ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart with 165 assists this season. If he approaches his total of 165 assists from last 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
6. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 386 7. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 374
Hip Hip Jorge
The hustle of sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez all of last season was clearly displayed against USC in the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, as he notched a career-high 14 points. Gutierrez also earned a season-best five steals and eight rebounds, and tied his then-season best with 10 points, against Stanford on Feb. 14, helping the Bears turn a 22-point deficit into an 82-75 win. The week before against the Washington schools, he came off the bench for seven points vs. UW and four points, four rebounds and three assists against WSU. Despite averaging just 18.7 minutes per game, Gutierrez led the squad in steals with 27. Gutierrez was fifth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg). He also snared at least five rebounds 10 times. Last Thursday in the exhibition victory against Chico State, Gutierrez posted 11 points.
Pete Newell Elected to FIBA Hall of Fame
Former Cal men's basketball coach Pete Newell, who guided the Golden Bears to the 1959 NCAA championship and the United States to a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, has been elected to the FIBA International Basketball Hall of Fame. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said that the Class of 2009 will consist of 11 inductees, including three from the United States - Newell, former North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow and former NBA All-Star Oscar Robertson. Newell passed away on Nov. 17, 2009, at the age of 93 after a long illness. Newell served as head coach of the Bears from 1954-60 and guided Cal to four consecutive conference titles (1957-60). Voted National Coach of the Year in 1960, he finished his Cal career with a 119-44 record, which included an NCAA runner-up finish in '60 in addition to the 1959 title. On Dec. 21, 1987, the playing surface at Harmon Gym (now Haas Pavilion) was renamed "Pete Newell Court" in his honor. Newell was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., a year later.