Feb. 10, 2012
California Game Notes | UCLA Game Notes (Coming Soon)
California (19-6, 9-3 Pac-12) at UCLA (14-10, 7-5)
Los Angeles Sports Arena | Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 11 - 1 p.m. PT
Series Record: UCLA leads, 132-99
Last 10 vs. UCLA: 4-6
Current Streak: California, 1
Last Meeting: W, 85-69 (Dec. 31, 2011 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: NewsTalk 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 117 / XM Satellite 195
TV: Fox Sports Net / Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
(Steve Physioc, Marques Johnson, Rebecca Haarlow)
Opponent Web: www.UCLABruins.com
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (19-6, 9-3 Pac-12) eclipsed last season's win total in a 26-point victory over USC and can secure their third 20-win season under head coach Mike Montgomery when they face UCLA (14-10, 7-5) in a Saturday-afternoon bout at the old, venerable, Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Cal will be seeking its first regular-season sweep of UCLA since 1993-94 and a win would also mark the first time that the Bears have won all four regular-season meetings against both USC and UCLA since 1958-59.
Senior F Harper Kamp went on a roll against the Trojans as he scored 14 straight points to spark Cal to an 18-4 run that put USC away. He needs one more point to become the 41st player in the Cal history books to reach 1,000 career points. Five more rebounds for Kamp will also make him the 18th Bear to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Senior G Jorge Gutierrez recorded his career high of 34 points in a 76-72 overtime win against the Bruins nearly a year ago and has been one of Cal's most consistent players, this season. His 13.7 ppg rank ninth in the Pac-12 and his 5.3 rpg are good for 19th in the league. He also ranks fifth for assists (4.3apg), ninth for free-throw percentage (.802) and is 11th in steals per game (1.1 spg).
The game will be the second in a homecoming tour for sophomore guards Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs, who played their high school basketball in Los Angeles. Crabbe is the Pac-12's fourth-leading scorer with 16.0 ppg and is the team's leading rebounder (6.1 rpg). Cobbs is one of the top players in the league for assists (4.6 apg) and ranks second in assist to turnover ratio at 2.3.
GAME RECAP (USC): Senior F Harper Kamp sparked an 18-4 second-half run by the Golden Bears when he scored 14 straight points on 7-for-7 shooting. California held a 53-36 lead at the end of the run and led by as many as 28 points before it recorded its largest win over USC (26 points) since a 30-point victory on Feb. 12, 1998. For Kamp, his final basket of the night gave him 999 career points and put him just one basket and five rebounds from becoming the 18th player in Cal history to score 1,000 points and collect 500 rebounds in a career. It was the first time the Bears swept the regular-season series against the Trojans since 2005-06 and pushed Cal past last season's win total of 18 games. Freshman F David Kravish had 10 first-half rebounds and finished with 18 boards to go with six points. Kravish's rebound total was the highest since Jamal Boykin snagged 15 rebounds against Kansas on Dec. 22, 2009. Sophomore G Allen Crabbeput on a show for his hometown crowd as he led all scorers with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists, and a career-best three blocks. USC G Maurice Jones led the Trojans with 17 points, but it was not enough as Cal held its opponent under 40-percent shooting for the 14th time, this season.
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 9, Cal was rated 17th in the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (www.kenpom.com) and 23rd 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.
HOLLYWOOD HOMECOMING: Cal's sophomore backcourt of Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs are natives of Los Angeles. The two former high school rivals will be playing in front of friends and family when they take on USC and UCLA. Cobbs averaged 20.4 ppg, 4.5 apg, and 4.8 rpg as a senior at Bishop Montgomery High School as he led his team to a second-place finish in the California Division IV Tournament where he was named Most Valuable Player for CIF Division IV. Crabbe was the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year and a Parade All-American for his accomplishments at Price High School. He averaged 23.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 2.0 apg as a senior and led the Knights to victory in the Southern Section Division 4AA championship game; their second straight section title.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS: Freshman F David Kravish pulled down 10 rebounds against USC... in the first half. The first-year forward finished his biggest rebounding game with 18 boards; the most since Jamal Boykin grabbed 15 rebounds against Kansas on Dec. 22, 2009. Kravish ranks 17th in the Pac-12 with 5.2 rpg.
1,000/500 CLUB: Senior F Harper Kamp needs just one more point and five more rebounds to join an elite group of Cal players who have recorded 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in their careers. He would become the 18th Bear to accomplish the feat; the first since F Patrick Christopher did so from 2007-10.
18 AND OVER: Cal's victory against Arizona State on Feb. 4 secured at least as many wins as the previous season when the Bears went 18-15. Cal has now won at least 18 games in all four seasons under head coach Mike Montgomery. Only two other Cal coaches have led their teams to at least 18 wins in four consecutive seasons. Pete Newell did it four years in a row from 1957-60 and Ben Braun did it five times from 1999-2003.
MURRAY RECEIVES PAC-12 HONOR: The Pac-12 Conference will induct former Cal standout Lamond Murray into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor presented by Bank of the West during the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Murray left Berkeley as one of the most prolific scorers in Golden Bears history. In his three seasons with Cal (1992-94), he helped his team to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including the Sweet 16 in 1993. He was a two-time All-Pac-10 first-team selection, a U.S. Basketball Writers second-team All-American, and an AP third-team All-American. He earned Pac-10 All-Freshman recognition in 1992. Murray still holds several school records, including most 20-point games in a season (23) and a career (46), most consecutive double-figure scoring games (51) and most points in a season (729 in 1993-94). Murray declared for the 1994 NBA Draft after his junior year and went to the Los Angeles Clippers as the seventh overall pick and played 11 seasons in the NBA (1994-2006).
BROOM LA-LA: The Bears earned a pair of home victories against both LA schools (53-49 vs. USC, and 85-69 vs. UCLA) for their first home sweep since the 2002-03 season when they beat USC, 73-68, and UCLA, 80-69. Cal will have a chance to sweep the season series against both schools for the first time since 1958-59 when the Bears head to Los Angeles.