Nov. 24, 2009
California Golden Bears (2-2) vs. Jacksonville Dolphins (0-1)
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: None
California Golden Bears (2-2) vs. Princeton Tigers (2-1)
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:00 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CSN California
No. 23 California returns home this week, looking to get back in the win column after two tough losses last week in New York. The Golden Bears square off against Jacksonville on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Haas Pavilion.
Despite losing to Syracuse and Ohio State last week in Madison Square Garden, senior guard Jerome Randle and sophomore forward Omondi Amoke both had huge games for the Bears. Randle scored a total of 51 points between the two games, coming up just seven points shy of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament record. In addition, Randle swished a combined 11 three-pointers, including six vs. Ohio State last Friday. Amoke posted a career-best 15 rebounds against the Buckeyes to lead all players. He also tied his personal best in scoring with 11. Amoke is now the team's leading rebounder with a total of 29 and an average of 7.3 rpg. He currently ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in that category.
With his 26 points last Friday, Randle now has 1,275 career points and currently stands in 15th all-time in school history. Patrick Christopher is 18th with 1,209 points. Randle currently stands sixth on the school's career assist chart with 388, just eight shy of Butch Hays for fifth.
Defensively for the Bears, sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez, who made his first two collegiate starts last week for the Bears, was up to the task of guarding Ohio State's leading scorer Evan Turner last Friday. Gutierrez held Turner, who was averaging 20.3 ppg, to just four first-half points. Turner had a big second half after Gutierrez got into foul trouble. Gutierrez earned the two starts after senior forward Theo Robertson was unable to play due to a foot injury.
In the Pac-10 rankings through the first couple weeks, Randle is third in scoring with his 22.8 ppg, second in free-throw percentage (92.3) and tied for second in three-pointers (13).
Despite lacking depth in the frontcourt, Cal has outrebounded each of its opponents so far, averaging 39.8 rpg to the opponents' 33.5.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 9.8 7.0 C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 4.5 5.8 G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 22.8 3.5 apg G 2 Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 195 So 6.3 3.3 G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 13.8 3.5
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 24-13 record with the Golden Bears and a 571-257 (.689) 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. ESPN's Doug Gottlieb recently picked Montgomery to be this season's Coach of the Year.
Jacksonville Scouting Report
A Look at Jacksonville
In 2008-09, Jacksonville finished atop the Atlantic Sun Conference with an overall record of 18-14, and a conference record of 15-5. It was the first regular-season championship in the history of the program. The Dolphins advanced to the National Invitational Tournament, but fell to Florida in the first round. Ben Smith was Jacksonville's leading scorer last season, averaging 16.9 ppg. The Dolphins are 0-1 after losing to Florida State, 87-61.
Cal-Jacksonville Series History
This will be the first meeting between Cal and Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Head Coach Cliff Warren
Cliff Warren is in his fifth year as head coach. Warren led JU to the first conference regular season title in the program's proud history. The feat capped the Dolphins meteoric rise from the cellar, becoming the first program in the modern era of college basketball to win a conference title within three years of winning one game or less.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 10 Ayron Hardy 6-5 188 Jr 2.0 2.0 F 41 Lehmon Colbert 6-6 205 Sr 5.0 3.0 C 44 Glenn Powell 6-5 200 Fr 0.0 2.0 G 1 Travis Cohn 6-2 165 Jr 9.0 1.0 G 3 Ben Smith 5-10 165 Sr 17.0 3.0
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Princeton Scouting Report
A Look at Princeton
Princeton ended the 2008-09 season with an overall record of 13-14. Douglas Davis led the Tigers in scoring a year ago as a freshman at 12.3 ppg. Princeton is 2-1 so far this season, with wins over Central Michigan and Manhattan.
Cal-Princeton Series History
Cal is 2-1 all-time against the Tigers with the last meeting occurring in the 2001-02 season opener. The Bear were victorious in that game, 70-58. In 1997, Cal edged Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 55-52.
Princeton Head Coach Sydney Johnson
Sydney Johnson is in his third season as head coach of Princeton. The 2008-09 Tigers won 13 games overall, the most since 2005, and improved five games in the Ivy League for a second-place finish with a conference record of 8-6.
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg C 24 Zach Finley 6-9 230 Sr 9.7 3.3 C 55 Pawel Buczak 6-11 220 Sr 8.0 3.3 F 14 Nick Lake 6-6 200 Sr 6.3 5.0 F 33 Dan Mavraides 6-3 205 Jr 14.3 4.3 G 21 Marcus Schroeder 6-3 180 Sr 5.3 2.7
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Golden Bear Notes
Ohio State Escapes MSG With 76-70 Win Over Cal
Jerome Randle paced the Bears for the fourth consecutive game to start the season with his season-high 26 points. He drilled six three-pointers. Omondi Amoke had a career night, posting a personal-best 15 rebounds and tying his career-best point total with 11 points on the night. Jorge Gutierrez held Ohio State's leading scorer Evan Turner to just four first-half points before getting into foul trouble in the second half. Gutierrez also collected a season-high eight points. Cal trailed by as many as 24 in the second half, before going on a run and cutting the deficit down to six.
Bears Sign Top-20 Recruiting Class
Three players ranked in Rivals' Top 150 and a long-distance shooter from Chicago highlight the 2010 California men's basketball recruiting class that was ranked No. 17 by Scout.com and No. 23 by ESPN. The four players who have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Cal next season are: 6-2 point guard Gary Franklin (Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School), 6-9 forward Richard Solomon (Los Angeles, Price High School), 6-5 guard Allen Crabbe (Los Angeles, Price High School) and 6-5 guard Alex Rossi (Winnetka, Ill., New Trier Township High School). Franklin (No. 72), Solomon (No. 101) and Crabbe (No. 102) all earned mention in the Rivals' Top 150, while Franklin was also rated the nation's No. 66 recruit by ESPN.
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 was also recently named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, and Christopher was also recently named a Preseason All-American by CollegeInsider.com.
Amoke Makes an Impact with the Frontcourt
With the Bears' depth at the frontcourt limited right now with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup, sophomore Omondi Amoke stepped up last Friday against Ohio State to help Jamal Boykin and Markhuri Sanders-Frison on the boards. Amoke posted a career-best 15 rebounds. He also tied his career high in points with 11. His performance has made him the team leader in rebounds heading into Tuesday night's game. Amoke has 29 boards on the season, averaging 7.3 rpg. Boykin is second on the team with 28 total rebounds, averaging, 7.0 rpg. Amoke has also been impressive at the free throw line, connecting on 12 of his 14 attempts from the charity stripe.
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 an even 44.0 percent (110-250). Randle ranks fourth all-time at 41.1 percent (173-420). Randle's 173 career treys rank third on Cal's all-time list. Richard Midgley (2003-06) is second with 183.
Cal Three-Point Career Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 110 250 .440 2. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .431 3. Keith Smith (1987-90) 90 218 .413 4. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 173 420 .411 5. Bill Elleby (1989-92) 135 329 .410 6. R. Forehan-Kelly (1999-02) 107 263 .407
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 in this department, 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. He's currently 24-for-26 on the season (92.3). Patrick Christopher is also in the top 10 in this category. Christopher currently sits eighth on the chart with a percentage of 80.0 (181-226).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 86.0% 278-323 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 8. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 80.0% 181-226
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. With his 26 points last Friday, Randle now has 1,275 career points and currently stands in 15th. Christopher is 18th with 1,209 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 61 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
13. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71) 1,343 14. Dave Butler (1983-87) 1,291 15. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,275 16. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 1,236 17. Doug True (1977-80) 1,215 18. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,209
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 .522 ranks sixth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 18 of the 33 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of 54.5. Boykin is once again one of Cal's top rebounders this season, averaging 7.0 rpg, good for second on the team. On Nov. 9 against Murray State, Boykin had 12 points and five rebounds, and he collected 10 boards vs. Detroit on Nov. 11. Last Thursday 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-) 52.2% 237-454 7. S. Abdur-Rahim (1996) 51.8% 206-398
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. In addition to being a tenacious defender, Gutierrez also helped the Bears in scoring last season. He 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. 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. In the 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. Last night 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 last Friday, Gutierrez posted a season-high eight points. He also did a terrific job guarding The Buckeyes' leading scorer Evan Turner in the first half, holding him to just four points. Turner had a big second half after Gutierrez got into foul trouble. On the season, he's tied with Patrick Christopher for the team lead in steals with five.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 388 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands sixth on the school's all-time list, just eight shy of Butch Hays for fifth. With his three assists against Ohio State last Friday, Randle leapfrogged Shantay Legans for sixth. 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. He collected seven assists in the two games last week. Randle currently ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart with 165 assists last season. If he records 112 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
5. Butch Hays (1981-84) 396 6. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 388
Cal's Non-Conference Success at Haas Pavilion
With a 9-0 record in Haas Pavilion last year, and a 2-0 record thus far this season, Cal has now won 33 of its last 35 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.