Cal Hosts Stanford in Regular Season Finale
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Release:  03/01/2011

March 1, 2011

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California (16-13, 9-8) vs. Stanford (14-14, 7-10)
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time: 4 p.m. PT
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: CSN Calif.
Radio: KNEW 910

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Fresh off a road sweep last weekend at Oregon, California returns to Haas Pavilion for the regular-season finale against Stanford. It will be Senior Day for senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison. The Golden Bears (16-13, 9-8) and the Cardinal (14-14, 7-10) tip off at 4 p.m.

In both games last week Cal rebounded from slow starts in the first half, overcoming double-digit deficits, to turn things around in the second half and wound up winning convincingly. Freshman guard Allen Crabbe connected on a season-high six three-pointers against Oregon State last Saturday to finish the day with a game-high 26 points.

Crabbe is placing his name among numerous lists on the Cal all-time freshmen categories like three-pointers made (3rd - 53), three-point percentage (4th - .405) and free throw percentage (3rd - .817).

. Over his 10-game streak of reaching double figures in scoring, junior guard Jorge Gutierrez is averaging 20.3 ppg shooting 72-for-87 from the free throw line in the process.

Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison is the Pac-10's most efficient shooter at 61.1 percent that ranks first in the conference. If he maintains that percentage, he will be just the fifth player in Cal history shoot 60 percent or better in a season. He has been the Bears' leading rebounder all season with a current average of 7.2 rpg. Rebounding has been critical for the Bears, as they are 14-4 thus far when outrebounding their opponents.

With a win over Stanford on Saturday, Cal will have won its last four regular-season games for the second year in a row. Last year was the first time Cal accomplished the feat since 1993. In addition, Cal will have won at least 10 conference games three years in a row. It would be just the second time it has happened (2001-03) since Pete Newell was head coach.

Sophomore guard Brandon Smith has been a huge factor for Cal offensively in recent weeks as the team's starting point guard, and is currently second on the team in assists, averaging 4.0 apg after dishing out a game-high six assists at Oregon on Feb. 24 and eight at Oregon State last Saturday. After entering the USC game on Jan. 22 with only one trey to his credit, he has gone on to shoot 16-for-28 from three-point distance since that game.

Gutierrez and Smith both rank in the top five in the conference in assists per game - Gutierrez 4.5, Smith 4.0. Both of the Cal guard's efforts have been crucial to the overall team play, as the Bears are currently 15-4 when they amass more assists than the opposition. In conference games, Smith currently boasts 82 assists to 35 turnovers.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     14.4    5.7
Posted third career double-double vs. USC (16 points, 10 rebounds)
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     11.1    7.2
Scored career-high 23 points vs. USC
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     14.8    4.5 (APG)
Notched career-high 34 points against UCLA
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     12.6    5.4
Notched 26 points at Oregon State, swishing six three-pointers
G       12      Brandon Smith           5-11    185     So.     6.2     4.0 (APG)
Secured new career high of 18 points at Oregon, making four of five treys

Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford

Stanford is coming off of a convincing victory over Oregon last Saturday, 88-71. Prior to that, Stanford had been on a four-game losing streak. Jeremy Green paces the Cardinal in scoring at 16.2 ppg, while Josh Owens is Stanford's leading rebounder at 6.7 rpg.

Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal leads the all-time series over the Cardinal, 142-114, although Stanford snapped a three-game losing streak when these teams met earlier this season on The Farm, 82-68. Last year's regular-season finale at Stanford ended with the Bears sealing the outright conference title.

Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
Johnny Dawkins continues his third season on The Farm. Dawkins helped the Cardinal reach 20 wins and an appearance in the semifinals of the CBI Tournament in his first year, and last season, guided Landry Fields to be an all-league performer and eventual NBA draft pick.

Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name                    Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       3       Anthony Brown           6-6     200     Fr.     8.3     2.7
F       13      Josh Owens              6-8     230     Jr.     12.0    6.7
C       33      Dwight Powell           6-9     227     Fr.     8.3     5.1
G       22      Jarrett Mann            6-4     190     Jr.     5.0     3.0
G       45      Jeremy Green            6-4     198     Jr.     16.2    3.5

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Golden Bear Notes
Second-Half Surge Pushes Cal Past Oregon State, 87-76

For the second straight game, Cal came back from a double-digit first-half deficit to overcome and gain the victory, as the Bears defeated Oregon State, 87-76, last Saturday in Corvallis. Ore. The win at Oregon State was the first since 2008 and the first win in Corvallis for Mike Montgomery as the Bears' head coach. Allen Crabbe nailed a season-high six three-pointers to give him a game-high 26 points. In the second half, the Bears shot 72.0 percent (18-25) from the field to spark the comeback. Jorge Gutierrez tied his season high with four steals and he collected 14 points of his own to extend his streak of consecutive games with double-digit points to 10.

Allen Crabbe Rising Up on School All-Time Freshman Lists
Allen Crabbe boasted a career-high 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13, shooting 10-for-15 from the field. Last weekend, Crabbe connected on 10 of his 16 three-point attempts, including a season-high six treys at Oregon State last Saturday. At UCLA on Jan. 20, he posted 13 of his 17 points in the final three and a half minutes, including a three-pointer to tie the game with 10 seconds left. Earlier this season he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he garnered 10 points and 10 rebounds. Crabbe is averaging 12.6 ppg and is third on the team in rebounding at 5.4 rpg. He has also been good on 67 of his 82 tries from the free throw line, giving him a percentage of 81.7 that ranks first on the team and third in the conference. Since returning from his brief absence due to a mild concussion, Crabbe is averaging 17.6 ppg. He is seven treys away from the school's freshman record for single-season three-pointers.
Crabbe on the All-Time Cal Freshmen Ranks
Three-Pointers Made

1. Ryan Drew (1988)             60
2. Ryan Anderson (2007)         58
3. Allen Crabbe (2011)          53

Three-Point Percentage
2. Shantay Legans (2000)        47-110  .427
3. Theo Robertson (2006)        24-59   .407
4. Allen Crabbe (2011)          53-131  .405
5. Bryant Walton (1987)         38-94   .404

Free Throw Percentage
1. Shantay Legans               66-77	.857
2. Michael Chavez               50-61	.820
3. Allen Crabbe                 67-82	.817

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has been one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. Kamp posted a career-best 33 points against Arizona on Feb. 5, and secured 20-point outings against New Mexico on Nov. 20 (25 points), Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, Washington on Jan. 16 and UCLA on Jan. 20. Kamp also earned his second double-double against the Wildcats on Feb. 5, boasting a personal-best-tying 10 rebounds. On Feb. 17 against USC, Kamp garnered his third double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, securing his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). Kamp is second on the team in scoring (14.4) and second in rebounding (5.7). He has made 118 of his 145 tries (.814) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort vs. USC (2/17). Kamp`s free throw percentage ranks sixth in the Pac-10.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been a force for the Bears. On Feb. 17 against USC, he nailed two three-pointers in the final minute to give him a new career high of 23 points, part of his sixth career double-double (11 rebounds). He collected a then-career-high 18 points against Oregon on Jan. 29, converting on six of his seven shots and going 6-for-9 from the free throw line. His fifth double-double came against Washington State (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Jan. 13. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .611 from the field that ranks first among the Pac-10 leaders. If he maintains that percentage, he will be just the fifth player in Cal history shoot 60 percent or better in a season. He is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 7.2 rpg on the season that ranks seventh in the conference. His 11.1 ppg stands fourth on the team. He also notched a career-high four steals at Washington State on Feb. 12 and three blocks vs. UCLA on Feb. 20.
Cal Single-Season Field Goal Percentage All-Time List

1. Mark McNamara (1982)                 231-329	.702
2. Tony Gonzalez (1995)                 71-111	.640
3. Solomon Hughes (2001)                107-170 .629
4. Mark McNamara (1981)                 182-295	.617
5. Markhuri Sanders-Frison (2011)       127-208	.611

Bears Boast High Strength of Schedule
Cal has endured some growing pains with such a young team this season, but the competition has been pretty tough, as well. Cal has played four teams currently in the top 25 (No. 2 Kansas, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 San Diego State and No. 18 Arizona). The Fighting Irish were not ranked when they faced the Bears. The Bears defeated then-No. 20 Temple, 57-50, as part of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., back in November. These four ranked opponents have helped the Bears earn a strength of schedule ranking of No.18. Earlier in the conference season, the Bears faced Washington on Jan. 16 when the Huskies were ranked No. 17. On Feb. 5, Arizona was the fifth ranked team Cal played this season.
Cal's Games Vs. Ranked Opponents

Nov. 25 vs. No. 20 Temple          - 57-50, Cal
Dec. 8  vs. No. 14 San Diego State - 77-57, SDSU
Dec. 18 vs. No. 3 Kansas           - 78-63, Kansas
Jan. 16 vs. No. 17 Washington      - 92-71, Washington
Feb. 5  vs. No. 21 Arizona         - 107-105 (3OT), Arizona

Bears Dominate on the Boards and in Assists
Winning the battle on the boards and earning more assists than its opponents have been critical for Cal. The Bears are 15-4 when they win come out on the upper hand in assists and 14-4 for rebounds. Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been the man on the glass for Cal all season, averaging 7.2 rpg that ranks seventh in the conference. The duo of Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith at the point has been highly successful. Both rank in the top five in the conference in assists and the top eight in assist-turnover ratio. In Pac-10 games, Smith is boasting 82 assists to 35 turnovers, while Gutierrez has 84 assists to 43 turnovers. Smith and Gutierrez combined for 17 assists at Oregon State last Saturday (Gutierrez - 9, Smith - 8). Smith also racked up a team-high six assists at Oregon last Thursday.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in 23 of the 29 games this season, and the last 10 in a row. During the stretch he has averaged 20.3 ppg. He has scored at least 20 points six times this season, including four times in his last seven games. In the Feb. 20 overtime win vs. UCLA, Gutierrez carried Cal to the win with a new personal-best 34 points. He scored nine of those points in the extra session. Earlier in the season, Gutierrez recently notched back-to-back 20-point outings for the first time in his career. He collected a then-career high of 25 points against Arizona on Feb. 5, and followed that with 24 points at Washington on Feb. 10. On Feb. 24 at Oregon, Gutierrez had a huge second half, finishing the night with a game-high 23 points to lead the Bears to victory once again. On Feb. 12 at Washington State, Gutierrez scored all 19 of his points in the second half, and his three-point attempt to tie the game with 15 seconds left rattled in and out of the basket. He earned his first career double-double against Oregon State on Jan. 27, boasting 16 points and personal-high 11 assists. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 45 steals, part of the team's 161, leads the team. He is just six steals away from cracking the school's single-season top 10 list. He is first on the team in scoring at 14.8 ppg, and his apg of 4.5 leads his team.

Down To the Wire
Cal enters Saturday's game against Stanford with a record of 9-8 in the Pac-10, but the Bears easily could have had a couple of those losses swing the other way. Three conference games Cal lost were not decided until the final play of the game - Jan. 6 at Arizona, Jan. 20 at UCLA and Feb. 17 vs. USC. Including losses to Southern Miss. and Arizona on Feb. 5, the Bears have lost four games by two points, and they picked up their first win by that score differential at USC on Jan. 22. Besides the win over the Trojans, Cal has also picked up a couple close-call victories. The Bears hung on to win at Iowa State by three, at Arizona State by four and at home against the Sun Devils by four. Cal also held off Washington State in overtime on Jan. 13 after the Cougars were good on a three-pointer to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation. The same thing happened at the end of regulation when the Bears beat UCLA, 76-72, in overtime on Feb. 20. On Feb. 12 at WSU, Jorge Gutierrez's three-point attempt to tie the game with 15 seconds left rattled in and out of the basket, and the Bears lost by four in the Palouse. 10 of the 17 Pac-10 games played thus far have been decided by four points or less or in overtime.
Games This Season Decided by Two Points or Less

Dec. 12 vs. Southern Miss.  - 80-78, So. Miss.
Jan. 6  at Arizona          - 73-71, Arizona
Jan. 20 at UCLA             - 86-84, UCLA
Jan. 22 at USC              - 68-66, Cal
Feb. 5  vs. Arizona         - 107-105 (3OT), Arizona
Feb. 17 vs. USC             - 78-75, USC

Smith Takes Aim From Three
Brandon Smith has quietly become one of Cal's clutch shooters. He posted a career-high 18 points at Oregon on Feb. 24, going 4-for-5 from behind the arc. After entering the USC game on Jan. 22 with only one trey to his credit, he has gone on to shoot 16-for-28 from three-point distance. He set new personal bests in assists (11), rebounds (8) and playing time (53 minutes) against Arizona on Feb. 5, coming up one point shy of his first career double-double. Smith earned his first collegiate start against Hartford on Dec. 28, which resulted in him posting a then-personal-best 15 points. He hit double figures against Arizona State on Feb. 3 with 11, including a big momentum-shifting three-pointer. Smith saved the day against UCLA on Feb. 20 with a huge trey in overtime to give Cal a four-point lead in the final minute. He is currently second on the team in assists with an average of 4.0, and has 82 assists to 35 turnovers in Pac-10 games. He and fellow guard Jorge Gutierrez rank in the top five in the conference among the Pac-10's assist leaders. Cal is 15-4 this season when garnering more assists than its opponent.
Pac-10 Assist Leaders (All Games)

1. Isaiah Thomas, Wash.   - 5.8 APG
2. Jorge Gutierrez        -  4.5 APG
3. Malcolm Armstead, Ore. - 4.1 APG
4. Jarrett Mann, Stanford -  4.0 APG
5. Brandon Smith          - 4.0 APG

Bears Earn High Conference-Game Percentages
Through 17 conference games this season, Cal has quietly been putting up strong offensive numbers in conference play. Cal leads the league in field goal percentage (48.0) and assist-turnover ratio (1.3). The Bears are second in scoring offense at 77.8 ppg. While Cal has shot the fewest three-point attempts in conference games (225), the Bears have made good on 90 of those attempts, good for a percentage of 40.0, second only to Arizona. The Bears were good on a season-high 10 treys at Oregon on Feb. 24. Individually, Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith are second and third, respectively in assists per game at 4.9 and 4.8. Smith is also second in assist-turnover ratio in Pac-10 games (2.3). As a result of having a short bench, four Cal players rank in the top 10 in minutes played in conference games, led by Allen Crabbe (36.5mpg) and Gutierrez (36.1 mpg).

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 ... Gary Franklin, a former freshman guard on this season's team, decided to transfer and left the team on Jan. 5 ... 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 ... Richard Solomon practiced karate as a child, achieving the rank of junior black belt ... 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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