Bears Start 2010-11 with Cal State Northridge and New Mexico
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Release:  11/15/2010

Nov. 15, 2010

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The California men's basketball team tips off the 2010-11 season Tuesday night against Cal State Northridge at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. A year after winning its first conference crown in 50 years, the Golden Bears have a lot of new faces on this year's squad with a freshman class that was ranked No. 17 by

Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez is the only returning starter from last year. Gutierrez will take over where Jerome Randle left off as the team's new point guard. A member of the Pac-10 All-Defensive team last year, he averaged 5.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg. The Bears will pride themselves on their defense this season, and Gutierrez is no stranger to that. In his first two seasons at Cal, Gutierrez has collected 55 career steals.

He will get help on the veteran leadership side from senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison and junior forward Harper Kamp, who is returning this season after sitting out all of last year recovering from knee surgery. As a sophomore in '08-09, Kamp contributed 3.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg, primarily as a reserve. Sanders-Frison is back after putting in a tremendous offseason workout regimen that saw him lose 10 pounds. He started 10 games, chipping in 3.3 ppg and 3.0 rpg last year after transferring from South Plains College.

Cal has won 38 of its last 40 nonconference home games, including the last 19 in a row. In his first two years at the helm for the Bears, head coach Mike Montgomery has amassed a 31-3 record at Haas. The Bears went 15-1 at home a year ago, with the lone defeat coming in overtime against UCLA.

Among the new faces for the Bears is freshman guard Allen Crabbe out of Price High School in Los Angeles. In last Wednesday's 30-point exhibition victory over Sonoma State, Crabbe paced the Bears with 22 points. The 2010 California Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American shot 4-for-4 from three-point distance and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Fellow freshman guard, Gary Franklin chipped in 17 points, going 3-for-10 from behind the arc.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                     HT   WT   YR
F       22      Harper Kamp              6-8  245  Jr.
Returned to the court last week after missing 2009-10 season
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison  6-7  265  Sr.
Lone senior on the team, got in great shape this offseason
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez          6-3  195  Jr.
Lone returning starter from 2009-10
G       23      Allen Crabbe             6-6  205  Fr.
Paced Cal with 22 points against Sonoma State last week
G        4      Gary Franklin            6-2  195  Fr.
Made a trio of three-pointers against Sonoma State last week

Cal State Northridge Scouting Report
A Look at Cal State Northridge

Cal State Northridge lost to UCLA, 83-50, on Nov. 12 in its season opener. CSUN returns one starter who is expected to be one of top players in the conference - Lenny Daniel, who had a single-season school record 44 blocks and led the Big West Conference in that category (1.52 bpg) last year. Daniel provides an inside scoring threat while junior guard Vinnie McGhee, whose 53 (1.65 pg) three-pointers ranked ninth in the conference, provides scoring from the outside.

Cal-CSUN Series History
Cal boasts an all-time record of 5-0 against the Matadors. The last time these teams met, the Bears were victorious, 76-65, at Northridge during the 1994-95 campaign. The previous four meetings occurred in Berkeley.

Cal State Northridge Head Coach Bobby Braswell
Bobby Braswell begins his 15th season as head coach of the Matadors. Two years ago, Braswell led Cal State Northridge to a Big West Conference regular-season title, the Big West Tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name                Ht   Wt   Yr  Ppg  Rpg
F       5       Lenny Daniel        6-5  200  Jr  1.0  3.0
F       43      John Hayward-Mayhew 6-8  225  So  3.0  7.0
G       2       Rashaun McLemore    6-6  210  Fr  10.0 4.0
G       10      Dathan Lyles        6-0  204  So  5.0  0.0
G       21      Raymond Cody        5-7  155  Sr  7.0  4.0

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New Mexico Scouting Report
A Look at New Mexico

In its 2010 opener, New Mexico defeated Detroit, 63-54, on Nov. 14 in The Pit. Cal defeated Detroit in the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament last year. Freshman Alex Kirk had an impressive Lobo debut, recording a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in his first collegiate game. Dairese Gary made history in the Lobos' opener, becoming the 28th player in school history to record his 1,000th career point.

Cal-New Mexico Series History
Cal leads the all-time series against the Lobos, 4-2, although New Mexico defeated the Bears in Albuquerque last season, 86-78. Cal defeated New Mexico, 68-66, in the first round of the 2008 NIT.

New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford
Steve Alford begins his fourth season as head coach for the Lobos, guiding New Mexico to postseason play in each of his three previous seasons. Last season, a 14-game winning streak helped the Alford-led Lobos to their first outright conference championship in 16 years.
Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name               Ht    Wt   Yr   Ppg   Rpg
F       00      A.J. Hardeman      6-8   225  Jr.  4.0   9.0
C       53      Alex Kirk          6-11  230  Fr.  10.0  10.0
G       3       Curtis Dennis      6-5   195  So.  12.0  0.0
G       5       Dairese Gary       6-1   205  Sr.  9.0   3.0
G       10      Kendall Williams   6-3   170  Fr.  7.0   1.0

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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Trounce Sonoma State in Exhibition Tilt

Cal defeated Sonoma State, 106-76, in an exhibition game last Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion. Freshman guard Allen Crabbe paced Cal with 22 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the field, 4-for-4 from behind the arc and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Crabbe also posted three rebounds and an assist for the game. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez also had a strong showing on the evening for the Bears, posting 11 points, six assists and three rebounds. The game marked the first time since the 2008-2009 season that junior forward Harper Kamp was on the court after missing last season recovering from knee surgery. He finished the game with ten points, seven rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes of action.

Cal Inks David Kravish for 2011-12 Season
The Bears signed 6-9, 210-pound forward David Kravish out of Lee's Summit, Mo., to a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 10. Kravish, who was named a First-Team All-Conference selection as a junior, is a candidate for the Kansas City Player of the Year award, according to numerous members of the local media in Kansas City. Through his sophomore and junior seasons (30 games), Kravish is averaging just under 10 points per game and is shooting 72.5 percent from the charity stripe. He also has 185 rebounds and 47 blocks to his credit. Kravish has been regarded as an agile player who attacks the offensive glass hard and is always going to the rim with his quick leaping ability, long arms and good hands. He is a solid free throw shooter and is capable of knocking down the high post jump shots.

Cal's Nonconference Success at Haas Pavilion
With a 7-0 record in Haas Pavilion last year, Cal has now won 38 of its last 40 nonconference home games, including the last 19 in a row. Cal went 15-1 for the entire 2009-10 season at Haas Pavilion, with the one loss coming against UCLA in overtime. In 2008-09, the Bears were 9-0 in Berkeley against teams outside the Pac-10. Looking back further, Cal was 8-1 outside the conference at home in 2007-08 and 6-1 in 2006-07.

Bears Picked Seventh in Pac-10 Preseason Poll
The Bears were slated to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll that was announced on Oct. 28. Cal garnered 151 votes. Defending Pac-10 Tournament champion Washington gathered 33 first-place votes to earn the favorite status. Arizona collected one of the two remaining first-place votes and follows Washington in the poll. UCLA picked up the other first-place vote and is slotted third. Arizona State was picked fourth, followed by Washington State (fifth) and USC (sixth). Rounding out the preseason poll, Oregon State came in eighth, Stanford ninth and Oregon 10th.

New Bears Have Big Shoes to Fill
The majority of the key players from last season's Pac-10 championship squad graduated last spring - Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin. This season's returners, except for Harper Kamp who redshirted last year, accounted for 12.0 percent of the team's points in 2009-10, while last year's big four seniors boasted 75.0 percent of the total points. To help fill the large void, Cal has rearmed in 2010-11 with a freshman class that was ranked No. 17 by and No. 24 by ESPN.

Cal Brings in Top-20 Recruiting Class
Cal's incoming freshman class was ranked No. 17 by and No. 24 by ESPN. Leading the way is guard Allen Crabbe out of Price HS in Los Angeles, who was named the 2010 California Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American. Among Cal's other standout recruits is Gary Franklin (Mater Dei HS), whom ESPN listed as the No. 66 recruit in the nation. One of the most sought-after guards in the West a year ago, the 6-2 CIF Player of the Year poured in 17.4 ppg as a senior. Two other freshman join the squad from the Los Angeles area - forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota who attended Bishop Montgomery HS. Solomon was a high school teammate of Crabbe's and was rated the No. 20 power forward in the nation by One of the Bears' later signings, Emerson Murray from Vancouver, British Columbia, played on the Canadian Junior National team this past summer and was regarded by Hoopstars Canada as the second-best backcourt prospect in Canada. Alex Rossi is a natural shooter who is also known for his defensive abilities. He is the fifth recent Cal recruit to come from the Chicago area (Winnetka, Ill.).

Pac-12 Schedule Rotation Model Revealed
Last week, the Pac-10 announced its 10-year schedule rotation model for the Pac-12 Conference beginning next season. As in previous years, the conference schedule is comprised of 18 games for each institution and will maintain the travel partner in a non-divisional format. The annual schedule will include games against an institution's traditional rival both home and away. In addition, each institution will play six other opponents both home and away (for two consecutive years), and four opponents on a single-game basis - two at home and two away. The single-play opponents will rotate every two years. Therefore, Cal's single-play opponents for 2011-12 and 2012-13 will be Washington, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State. The Golden Bears will play Washington and Washington State on the road, while welcoming Arizona and Arizona State to Haas Pavilion next season.

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 has won 46 games his first two seasons in Berkeley, breaking the school record of 39 set by Lou Campanelli in 1986 and '87.
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