Dec. 3, 2010
California (4-2, 0-0) at Iowa State (6-1, 0-0)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Location: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
Radio: KNEW 910
Making a quick stop at home earlier this week after last week's trek to Florida, the California men's basketball team heads back out on the road this weekend. The Golden Bears travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Saturday after defeating UC Davis, 74-62, last Wednesday. The Bears and the Cyclones will clash on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. PT. Saturday's game will be Cal's fourth game out of the last five to be away from home in the past two weeks.
Cal (4-2) got some help from some unlikely candidates in the win over the Aggies. Sophomore forward Bak Bak and junior guard Nigel Carter came off the bench to give Cal a big boost. Bak scored a new career-high 12 points and six rebounds, while Carter nailed two three-pointers to record a new personal best of six points. Adding to the bench production, freshman forward Richard Solomon matched Bak with six boards.
Struggling through the last two games in the Old Spice Classic last month, freshman guard Gary Franklin rebounded nicely against the Aggies, pacing the Bears with 13 points on the night. After shooting 6-for-24 from three-point range in the three previous games, Franklin shot 3-for-6 from behind the arc last Wednesday.
The Cal veterans still contribute significantly against the Aggies. Junior Harper Kamp collected five assists, which tied his career high. Senior Markhuri Sanders-Frison reached double figures in scoring for the third time this season, posting 10 on the night. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez and Kamp are currently Cal's leading scorers at 12.7 and 11.7 ppg, respectively. Sanders-Frison is the squad's leading rebounder at 7.3 rpg.
A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense has not allowed any of its first six opponents to reach the 70-point plateau, and are holding opposing offenses to shoot under 40 percent from the field (39.2). Cal boasts 38 steals on the campaign, led by Gutierrez's nine.
Cal is 2-1 all-time in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series having played Missouri in the first two contests and Iowa State at Cal last year. The home team has won all three meetings. Cal took the first game over Missouri, 86-72, while the Tigers won the next matchup, 93-66. Last season, the Bears defeated Iowa State, 83-62 in Berkeley.
With Wednesday's victory over UC Davis, Mike Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also three wins away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. His 597 career wins currently ranks sixth among active NCAA head coaches.