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Cal Hosts 17th Annual Colliers International Golden Bear Classic
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Release:  12/27/2009

Dec. 27, 2009

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California Golden Bears (6-4) vs. Utah Valley Wolverines (6-5)
Monday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: none

California Golden Bears (6-4) vs. UC Santa Barbara/Furman
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CSN Calif.

After giving top-ranked Kansas a run for its money last week in Allen Fieldhouse, California returns to Berkeley for a five-game homestand that begins with the Colliers International Golden Bear Classic and continues into the start of Pac-10 play. The Golden Bears face Utah Valley in Day One of the tournament on Monday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. UC Santa Barbara and Furman will play in the other first-round contest. Regardless of whether Cal wins its first-round game or not, it will play its second game of the tournament at 7:30 p.m. the next day.

Last Tuesday in Lawrence, Kan., the Bears gave the Jayhawks all they could handle, going into halftime trailing by just one point. Senior guard Patrick Christopher led Cal in scoring for the third consecutive game with 21 points, his third straight 20-point outing. He is averaging 21.0 ppg in his last three games. Senior forwad Jamal Boykin also had an impressive night, recording his second double-double of the season (15 points, 15 rebounds). Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez boasted a career-best five assists.

Scoring has not been a problem for the Bears this season. Despite missing key players from injuries and illnesses over the past few weeks, Cal has scored at least 70 points in all but one contest and has topped 80 points four times. The one game the Bears didn't reach 70 points, they scored 69 at Kansas. Defensively, Cal has held five of its last six opponents to shooting 42.0 percent or less from the floor, including 33.0 percent against Pacific and 28.3 vs. Jacksonville.

Cal's strength of schedule currently ranks first in the nation and the Bears' RPI is No. 11. The Bears are also No. 12 in the Pomeroy rankings and No. 22 in the Sagarin poll. All four teams Cal has lost to were in the AP Top 20 at the beginning of last week's action, including No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 Syracuse. The combined record of those four teams at the start of last week was 42-2.

Cal has outrebounded seven of its 10 opponents. The Bears outrebounded Iowa State (51-32,), Princeton (37-20) and Pacific (45-30). Cal is currently averaging 39.5 rpg and sporting a rebounding margin of +5.8.

Probable Starters & Key Reserves

POS	NO	NAME	                HT	WT	YR	PPG	RPG
F	10	Jamal Boykin	        6-8	240	Sr	12.7	7.7
Snagged a career best 15 rebounds at Kansas
C	14	Max Zhang	        7-3	240	So	4.0	3.4
Has started the last five games
G	3	Jerome Randle	        5-10	172	Sr	19.2	5.0 apg
Racked up 22 points and nine assists vs. Princeton
F	24	Theo Robertson	        6-6	230	Sr	14.3	3.5
Returned to the lineup against Pacific after missing six games
G	23	Patrick Christopher	6-5	220	Sr	16.1	5.5
Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his double-double at Pacific

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 28-15 record with the Golden Bears and a 575-259 (.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 recently picked Montgomery to be this season's coach of the year.

Utah Valley Scouting Report
A Look at Utah Valley

The Wolverines currently sport a 6-5 overall record, picking up two wins last week to get them over .500. Jordan Swarbrick has been Utah Valley's leading scorer, averaging 14.5 ppg. Jourdain Scoubes has been pacing the Wolverines on the boards, averaging 6.5 rpg.

Cal-Utah Valley Series History
This season marks the first meeting between Cal and Utah Valley.

Utah Valley Head Coach Dick Hunsaker
In his seventh season as head coach, Dick Hunsaker has yet to coach the Wolverines to a losing season. Prior to joining Utah Valley, while he was an assistant coach at Utah, Hunsaker stepped in when then-head coach Rick Majerus took a leave of absence. He led the team to an 18-12 record, winning the Mountain West Conference. Hunsaker was named Mountain West Coach of the Year and Los Angeles Times National Coach of the Year.

Probable Starters

Pos	No	Name	                Ht	Yr	Ppg	Rpg
F	21	Jourdain Scoubes	6-7	Sr	7.1	6.5
F	45	Justin Baker	        6-7	Jr	12.3	4.5
G	2	Corey Claitt	        6-1	Jr	13.8	2.9
G	14	Jordan Swarbrick	6-6	Sr	14.5	5.9
G	15	Tyray Petty	        6-3	Sr	7.4	5.7

For more information: http://www.wolverinegreen.com/

UC Santa Barbara Scouting Report
A Look at UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara (4-4) started the campaign 4-0, including a victory at Loyola Marymount, before dropping its next four contests against Santa Clara San Diego State, Montana State and Arizona State. Orlando Johnson has been the Gauchos' best player through the opening weeks of the season, leading the team with averages of 16.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg.

Cal-UC Santa Barbara Series History
Cal is a perfect 7-0 against UC Santa Barbara all time. The 2002-03 season was the last time these teams met, with the Golden Bears emerging victorious, 67-60, in Berkeley.

UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Bob Williams
Bob Williams is in the midst of his 12th season as head coach at UCSB. Two years ago, Williams guided the Gauchos to a school-record 23 wins. Williams is a two-time Big West Coach of the Year.

Probable Starters

Pos	No	Name	                Ht	Wt	Yr	Ppg	Rpg
F	0	Jaime Serna	        6-7	235	So	7.9	4.5
F	15	Sam Phippen	        6-9	139	Jr	6.0	3.6
G	20	Will Brew	        6-3	175	So	3.9	2.6
G	33	Orlando Johnson	        6-5	205	So	16.0	5.9
G	42	James Powell	        6-2	185	Sr	10.6	2.0

For more information: http://www.ucsbgauchos.com/

Furman Scouting Report
A Look at Furman

Furman (5-5) is led by Jordan Miller, who is averaging 16.1 ppg. Colin Reddick paces Furman in rebounding with an average of 7.0 rpg. The Paladins have lost their last four in a row, including an 81-57 loss at South Carolina in their last game.

Cal-Furman Series History
If Cal and Furman play each other in Day Two of the Colliers International Golden Bear Classic, it will mark the first meeting between the two schools.

Furman Head Coach Jeff Jackson
Jeff Jackson is in his third season as head coach at Furman. In his first season in charge, Jackson directed Furman to a 15-win campaign.

Probable Starters

Pos	No	Name	                Ht	Wt	Yr	Ppg	Rpg
F	24	Brandon Sebirumbi	6-9	230	So	4.9	2.7
F	31	Amu Saaka	        6-6	210	Jr	14.2	6.1
F	50	Chris Toler	        6-9	235	So	2.4	2.3
G	5	Darryl Evans	        6-1	185	Sr	7.0	2.2
G	11	Jordan Miller	        6-2	175	Jr	16.1	4.1
For more information: http://www.furmanpaladins.com/

Golden Bear Notes
Bears at Kansas

Cal gave top-ranked Kansas a run for its money on Dec. 22 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan, trailing by just one point at the half. Jamal Boykin posted his second double-double of the season, while Patrick Christopher earned his third straight 20-point outing. The Bears led by as many as six in the first half that went back and forth, before the Jayhawks pulled away in the second half. Jorge Gutierrez recorded a career-best five assists.

Offensive Surge
Even when Cal was dealing with illnesses and injuries, the Bears were still having no trouble lighting up the scoreboards. In nine of the 10 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, including four 80-point performances, marking the first time this has occurred in school history. Last week against Kansas was the first time the Bears did not score at least 70 points, coming up just shy with 69. Cal ranks third in the Pac-10 with its scoring average of 78.1 ppg, the fifth best average in school history. A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 19.2 ppg and has been Cal's most consistent scorer all season. Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, has scored 63 points in his last two games (20, 22, 21). Christopher has also tallied two straight double-doubles, and has posted 26 rebounds in the last three games. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 12.7 ppg with two 20-point efforts on the season. Boykin racked up a double-double last Tuesday at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds).

Cal Boasts +5.8 Rebounding Margin
Despite lacking depth in the front court with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup with a sore knee, Cal is winning the battle on the boards by a 395 to 337 margin (39.5 rpg), good for a +5.8 rebounding margin. In their win over Pacific on Dec. 9, the Bears out-boarded the Tigers, 45-30 (+15). Jamal Boykin leads the squad with 7.7 rpg, but Omondi Amoke is also snaring an average of 6.7 rpg. In addition to the Pacific differential, Cal had a +19 edge over Iowa State, a +17 margin vs. Princeton and a +13 against Detroit. The Bears have only been outrebounded three times thus far this season, and one of those occurrences was only by a difference of two (38-36, Nov. 24 vs. Jacksonville).

Cal Top Season Rebounding Margins

1. 1959-60	+11.2
2. 1968-69	+6.5
3. 1967-68	+5.8
4. 2009-10	+5.8

Golden Bear Classic History
This year's event represents the 17th annual Golden Bear Classic, and Cal has won 11 of the previous 16 tournaments. Last season, Cal defeated Portland, 81-61, in the championship game last year. Jerome Randle was named the MVP of the tournament for the second straight year. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Jamal Boykin and Theo Robertson. The Bears own a 27-5 all-time mark in the Golden Bear Classic.

Jerome Randle Almost Perfect at the Line
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%). It appears nothing has changed for Randle, as he went 10-for-11 from the charity stripe against Murray State on Nov. 9 and a perfect 12-for-12 against Detroit on Nov. 11 and 7-for-7 vs. Princeton on Nov. 29. He's currently 50-for-54 on the season (92.6). Patrick Christopher is also in the top 10 in this category, currently ninth on the chart with a percentage of 79.1 (193-244).

Cal Career Free Throw Leaders

1. Jerome Randle (2007- )	86.6%	304-351
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. Denny Fitzpatrick (1958-59)	80.6%	112-139
9. Patrick Christopher (2007- )	79.1%	193-244

Randle and Christopher Taking Their Place in Cal History
Last season, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each scored their 1,000th career point. Randle now has 1,376 career points and currently stands in 13th, just six points behind Roy Fisher for 12th and eight points behind Ansley Truitt for 11th. Christopher is 15th with 1,315 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 40 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

9.  Rickey Hawthorne	                1,413
10. Keith Smith (1987-90)	        1,398
11. Ansley Truitt (1970-72)	        1,384
12. Roy Fisher (1988-91)	        1,382
13. Jerome Randle (2007- )	        1,376
14. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71)	        1,343
15. Patrick Christopher (2007- )	1,315

Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
While Jerome Randle set the Cal single-season record for three-pointers with 82 in 2008-09, Theo Robertson and his 48.7 percent (56-115) shooting from behind the arc was another main contributor of Cal leading the nation in that category for all of last season. Individually, Robertson ranked fourth in the nation, after topping the chart for most of the season. Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for three-point shooting at 44.0 percent (112-254). Randle ranks seventh all-time at 40.2 percent (186-462). Randle's 186 career treys ranks second on Cal's all-time list. Patrick Christopher's 124 career three-pointers have him 10th all-time in career three-pointers made. Jorge Gutierrez has been Cal's most efficient three-point shooter thus far this season, connecting on 10 of his 18 attempts from behind the arc.

Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders

1. Theo Robertson (2006- )	        112	254	.440
2. Billy Dreher (1991-92)		81	188	.431
3. Keith Smith (1987-90) 		90	218	.413
4. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 		135	329 	.410
5. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 	107	263 	.407
6. Omar Wilkes (2006-07)		61	151 	.404
7. Jerome Randle (2007- )	        186	462	.402

Cal's Non-Conference Success at Haas Pavilion
With a 9-0 record in Haas Pavilion last year, and a 5-0 record thus far this season, Cal has now won 35 of its last 37 nonconference home games and the last 17 in a row. 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.

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. 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 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.

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, 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 .535 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 59 of the 95 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 62.1 - third best in the Pac-10. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 7.7 rpg. He notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds), and his second last Tuesday at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds). His 15 boards against the Jayhawks were a new career high. Against Princeton on Nov. 29, Boykin tied his 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

5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93)	        53.6%	580-1,082
6. Jamal Boykin (2007-)	                53.5%	272-508
7. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996)		51.8%	206-398

Hip Hip Jorge
The hustle of sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez has been evident throughout his time at Cal. One of Cal's toughest defenders, Gutierrez led the squad in steals with 27 and was fifth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg) last season. In the 2009 season-opening victory against Murray State on Nov. 9, Gutierrez snagged two steals and was a clean 2-for-2 from the three-point line. On Nov. 19 against Syracuse, Gutierrez earned his first collegiate start, filling in for the injured Theo Robertson. In 24 minutes of work, Gutierrez finished with six points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Against Ohio State on Nov. 20, Gutierrez posted a then-season-high eight points. He held the Buckeyes' leading scorer Evan Turner to just four first-half points. Against Kansas on Dec. 22, Gutierrez notched a personal-high five assists. Against Iowa State, he set his current season high in scoring with 12 points. Battling a head cold, Gutierrez set his previous season-best scoring total of 10 points against the Lobos on Dec. 2. While he doesn't take many shots from the three-point line, Gutierrez has connected on more than half of his attempts from behind the arc (10-18).

Facing Stiff Competition
While the Bears have earned a record of just 6-4 and slipped out of the Top 25, after earning a preseason ranking of No. 12, one could argue that Cal's current record is a bit misleading. For most of the season, the Bears have dealt with multiple players having illnesses, and one of the regular starters, Theo Robertson, has missed six games due to a foot injury. Cal has also missed Harper Kamp for the entire campaign so far. In addition, the Bears have been facing some pretty tough opponents. Heading into last week's action, all four of the teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and New Mexico - sported a combined record of 42-2. All four teams were also ranked in the Top 20, with the Jayhawks coming in at No. 1 and the Orange at No. 5. The Bears currently own the nation's top strength of schedule ranking.

Max Zhang: Large and in Charge
Sophomore center Max Zhang, the tallest player in the history of the program at 7-3, has started Cal's last five games, and has been taking 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. Zhang set his career high in scoring with seven points three different times this season. After averaging just 4.5 minutes per game last season, Zhang is currently averaging 13.3 mpg this season. He leads the team with 13 blocks on the season, and is shooting 16-for-25 from the field. Against the Tigers, Zhang, who typically collects most of his points from lay-ins directly under the hoop, swished two shots from outside in the game's early minutes to help the Bears start off on the right foot.

Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 424 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands fourth on the school's all-time list. On the season, Randle is averaging 5.0 assists per game, and has recorded nine assists in two separate games. With his season-high nine assists against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State on Dec. 5. Against Arizona State on Jan. 4 last season, 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. If he records 76 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- )	424

O-Boards Amoke
With the Bears' depth at the frontcourt limited right now with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup, sophomore Omondi Amoke has stepped up in the last few games. 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 is second on the team in rebounding with an average of 6.7 rpg. Amoke has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 21 of his 26 attempts from the charity stripe.


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