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Bears Hit Salt Lake in Search of Sixth Straight
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Release:  02/20/2012

Feb. 20, 2012

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Game #29
California (22-6, 12-3 Pac-12) at Utah (5-21, 2-12)
Jon M. Huntsman Center | Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, Feb. 23 - (7 p.m. MT) 6 p.m. PT
Series Record:
California leads, 10-8
Last 10 vs. Utah: 6-4
Current Streak: California, 2
Last Meeting: W, 81-45 (Jan. 14, 2012 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 92
TV: None
Opponent Web: www.UtahUtes.com

Game #30
California (22-6, 12-3 Pac-12) at Colorado (18-8, 10-4)
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: TBA
TV: Fox Sports Net (Joel Myers and Reggie Theus)
Opponent Web: www.CUBuffs.com
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BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (22-6, 12-3 Pac-12) seek to set a season-high winning streak of six games when they head to Salt Lake City to face Utah (5-21, 2-12). Cal tied a Haas Pavilion record with their 17th win, this season, in a 77-63 victory against Oregon State, but the Bears have suffered two of their three conference losses on the road.

Cal has reached the 22-win mark for the third time in head coach Mike Montgomery's four years at the helm; a first in program history. Utah is in the middle of a seven-game skid that started on Jan. 26, but has earned each of its Pac-12 victories at home, this season.

The Bears will need to maintain their momentum down the stretch to stay in the hunt for the first Pac-12 regular-season title as they are currently tied with Washington for first place. Each team will finish the regular season with three road games, including a meeting with their respective rivals. Cal will continue to lean on its seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp as the regular-season race comes to a close.

Gutierrez ranks second on the team with 13.6 ppg and adds 5.3 rpg. He also leads the Bears in steals with 33, this season. Kamp has been the model of consistency and is the only player to have started all 28 of Cal's games, this year. He puts in 10.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg.

Sophomore G Justin Cobbs was named the Feb. 13-19 Pac-12 Player of the Week after his stunning performances against Oregon and Oregon State. He established new career-highs in points (28 vs. Oregon) and assists (13 vs. Oregon State). It was the first time that a Bear had 13 assists since Jason Kidd did the same in 1994. it was also Cal's first Player of the Week honor since Jamal Boykin took home the award on March 1, 2010.

Cobbs' backcourt running-mate sophomore Allen Crabbe is the league's fifth-leading scorer with 15.6 ppg. Crabbe also leads the Bears in rebounds with 5.9 rpg and is the conference's top three-point shooter. Cal holds 10-8 records against both Utah and Colorado and earned wins when the two teams visited Haas Pavilion earlier this season.

GAME RECAP (OREGON STATE): Cal avenged one of its three conference losses with a 77-63 win over Oregon State on Senior Day to close its home schedule with a 17-1 record. That home mark matched the most wins in Haas Pavilion since 2002-03 (also 17-1). Behind another magnificent performance by sophomore G Justin Cobbs, Cal reached the 22-win mark for the third time in four years; the first time in school history that that has been accomplished. Cobbs finished the night with a career-high 13 assists to go with 10 points to log his second-career double-double. The 13 assists were the most since Jason Kidd had as many in a game against USC in 1994. The Bears held their opponent to under 40-percent shooting for the 16th time, this year, and contained a high-powered OSU offense to just 31.4-percent shooting, in the second half. Though Cal trailed at the half for just the third time at home, this season, strong performances by its starting five secured the victory. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez tied for team-high honors with 17 points to go with eight rebounds. Freshman F David Kravish also had 17 points--a career-high--and added seven rebounds to go with three blocks. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe had 16 points with three three-pointers and grabbed eight boards. Crabbe moved into third on Cal's all-time single-season list for three-pointers made, now with 70. Senior F Harper Kamp had 13 points and seven rebounds. Cal's defense held OSU junior G Jared Cunningham--the league's leading scorer--to just 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting.

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 19, Cal was rated 18th in the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (www.kenpom.com) and 19th 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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