Nov. 22, 2011
No. 20 California (4-0) vs. No. 21 Missouri (4-0)
Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo.
Tuesday, Nov. 22 – 9 p.m. CT (7 p.m. PT)
Series Record: Missouri leads, 4-2
Last Meeting: MU 93, Cal 66 (Dec. 7, 2008 | Columbia, Mo.)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV/Web: ESPN2 / ESPN3 (Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale)
Opponent Web: www.MUTigers.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The 20th-ranked Golden Bears can open the season with a 5-0 record for the first time since 2007-08 with a win over No. 21 Missouri in the title game of the 2011 Progressive College Basketball Experience Classic. The last time Cal notched a 5-0 mark to start the year, it defeated Missouri, 86-72, on Dec. 1, 2007, in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Challenge at Haas Pavilion, in Berkeley.
Senior F Harper Kamp led the way with 16 points as the Bears defeated Georgia, 70-46, in the semifinals, to claim Cal's first win in the state of Missouri since 1982. Nearly three decades ago, the Bears earned a 76-74 victory against Saint Louis in the Budweiser Classic on Dec. 29, 1982, in St. Louis, Mo., under head coach Dick Kuchen. Cal had lost its last six games in the state of Missouri since the win over the Billikens.
With their fourth win by at least 17 points, the Bears have already matched their best start to a season under head coach Mike Montgomery. The four 17-point margins also match the hot start that Cal's 1952-53 squad had to open its season.
Previously, the Bears and Tigers have met six times, with Missouri holding a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series. The last time the teams met on Dec. 7, 2008, the Tigers claimed a 93-66 win in Columbia, Mo., before the Bears ripped off nine consecutive victories from Dec. 10, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2009. That year--Cal's first under Montgomery--the Bears were invited to the NCAA tournament and returned to Missouri for the first round, where they lost to Maryland at the Sprint Center. Cal's win over Georgia, in the semifinals, evens its record at 1-1, in the Sprint Center.
Kamp is averaging 11.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg, this season. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez poured in 14 points to go with seven rebounds against the Dogs and is averaging 13.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe leads the team with 14.8 ppg, but Cal's bench has been a major offensive factor in its four victories with 22.8 ppg.