Cal Heads to L.A. Looking For 10th Win of Season
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Release:  01/18/2011

Jan. 18, 2011

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California (9-8, 2-3) at UCLA (11-6, 3-2)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Location: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: KNEW 910

California heads back on the road down to Southern California to face UCLA and USC this week after splitting last weekend's games against the Washington schools. The Golden Bears are looking to even their conference record and gain their 10th overall win of the season. They face the Bruins Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.

Going for their third consecutive win, the Bears hit a roadblock last Sunday when they fell to No. 17 Washington, 92-71, behind 27 points and 13 assists from Isaiah Thomas. Junior forward Harper Kamp posted 20 points of his own, while freshman guard Allen Crabbe chipped in 16 and fellow freshman Richard Solomon notched a personal-high 14 points.

Since the start of Pac-10 play, nobody has come on stronger for the Bears than Crabbe. Averaging just under 18.0 ppg in the five conference games played thus far, Crabbe has shown more aggressiveness on the court since the departure of Gary Franklin. His early success in Pac-10 games was highlighted by his career-high 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13 after tying his then-season high of 17 points in the previous two games. An efficient free throw shooter, Crabbe leads the team at 83.3 percent (35-42) that ranks third in the conference. Kamp is second on that list at 82.7 percent (62-75).

Besides Crabbe, another Bear who has taken on a larger role after Franklin transferred to Baylor is sophomore guard Brandon Smith, who replaced Franklin in the starting lineup. He has given Cal a second option at point guard, splitting time at the point with junior guard Jorge Gutierrez. Smith has seen his playing time increase significantly, logging at least 30 minutes in the past four games. Against Washington State on Jan. 13, he earned career highs in assists (9) and rebounds (5).

Cal has also been successful in the rebounding department for most of the season, despite Washington winning the battle on the boards in the Bears' last game. After outrebounding Arizona State by 16 on Jan. 8, the Bears tallied nine more boards than Washington State on Jan. 13. Cal has outrebounded 11 of its 17 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +3.6 which currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10. Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison leads the team on the boards at 8.1 rpg.

Facing four opponents currently in the AP Top 20, Cal currently boasts a strength of schedule ranking of No. 3. Earlier this season, the Bears faced No. 2 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 16 Notre Dame (which was not ranked when the teams met) and No. 20 Washington. The Bears also beat then-No. 20 Temple, 57-50, on Nov. 26, in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG	
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     13.8    5.6
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     10.1    8.1
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.2    4.0 (APG)
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     11.1    5.5
G       12      Brandon Smith           5-11    185     So.     4.5     3.2 (APG)

UCLA Scouting Report
A Look at UCLA

After having a bit of a disappointing season last year, UCLA has come back with a record of 11-6 and 3-2 in the Pac-10 thus far in 2010-11. The Bruins are coming off of a road weekend sweep of the Oregon schools. Both Reeves Nelson and Tyler Honeycutt are averaging over 13.0 ppg.

Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series 131-97, although Cal won two of the three meetings last season, including in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. The Bears enjoyed a comeback win at Pauley Pavilion last season that set the tone for the rest of the year.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland
Entering his eighth year as the Bruins' head coach in 2010-11, Ben Howland has led UCLA to three straight Pacific-10 Conference titles (2006-08) and three consecutive Final Four appearances (2006-08). In 2008-09, Howland guided the Bruins to a 26-9 overall record and a 13-5 league mark to place second in the Pac-10.

Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name                    Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       22      Reeves Nelson           6-8     235     So.     13.9    7.8
F       23      Tyler Honeycutt         6-8     188     So.     13.4    7.9
C       21      Brendan Lane            6-9     223     So.     3.9     4.4
G       3       Malcolm Lee             6-5     200     Jr.     12.4    3.1
G       11      Lazeric Jones           6-0     187     Jr.     10.4    1.5

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Golden Bear Notes
Huskies Roll Past Bears, 92-71

Looking for its third win in a row, Cal slipped against Washington last Sunday, 92-71, at Haas Pavilion. The Huskies had four players reach 20 points in scoring, including Isaiah Thomas' 27. Harper Kamp hit 20 points to lead the Bears, while Allen Crabbe scored 16 and Richard Solomon posted a career-best 14. The Bears got out of the gate strong, but couldn't keep up with Washington's fast-paced tempo.

Montgomery Reaches 600 wins
Mike Montgomery earned his 600th career NCAA Division I head coaching victory with Cal's win over Hartford on Dec. 28. He became the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. With the victory over UC Davis on Dec. 1, 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.

Allen Crabbe: Raising His Game
Allen Crabbe boasted a career-high 30 points (most by a Cal player this season) against Washington State on Jan. 13, shooting 10-for-15 from the field. He is the first Cal freshman to score at least 30 since Shareef Abdur-Rahim did so four times during the 1995-96 season. Harper Kamp had the previous Cal high this year when he poured in 25 points vs. New Mexico on Nov. 20. Before his monster game against the Cougars, Crabbe tallied a then-season-high 17 points with nine rebounds against Hartford on Dec. 28. He also scored 17 against Arizona and Arizona State, notching 15 of those points in the first half against the Wildcats. He made seven treys over the Arizona trip. Crabbe is averaging 11.1 ppg and is third on the team in rebounding at 5.5 rpg. He has also been good on 35 of his 42 tries from the free throw line, giving him a team-best percentage of 83.3 that ranks third in the conference. In conference games, Crabbe is averaging just under 18.0 ppg. He has also connected on 13 of his 29 three-point attempts against Pac-10 opponents. Earlier this season, he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he garnered 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has jumped into the fire as one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20, and secured 20-point outings against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12 and Washington on Jan. 16. He also had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, recording his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were a new career high for Kamp, and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). He paced Cal in scoring against Hartford, posting 19 points (shooting 6-for-7) with nine rebounds. Kamp is first on the team in scoring (13.8) and second in rebounding (5.6). After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 62 of his 75 tries (.827) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort against Hartford, which is fourth in the Pac-10 right now. He just missed a double-double at Arizona State on Jan. 8, tallying 10 points and nine boards. Kamp also posted 18 points against Washington State last Thursday.

Kamp's Shooting Percentages Past Six Games

Opp             Field Goals     Free Throws     Points
Hartford        6-7             7-7             19
at Stanford     6-9             3-4             16
at Arizona      5-8             2-4             12
at ASU          4-13            2-2             10
WSU             6-11            6-8             18
UW              9-16            2-4             20	

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
Despite battling lingering foot injuries, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been a force for the Bears. He has five double-doubles to his credit this season, including recording four of them over his last seven games. During that stretch, he's averaging 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. He posted 10 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas on Dec. 22 and 15 points and 10 rebounds against Cal Poly on Dec. 18. He earned his most recent double-double vs. Washington State (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Jan. 13. He has led Cal in rebounding 11 of the 16 games he has played in this season. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 8.1 rpg on the season that ranks third in the conference. He posted double figures in scoring three consecutive games earlier this season, including a 12-point effort at Iowa State on Dec. 4. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying a personal-best 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .598 from the field that ranks fourth among the Pac-10 leaders. In his first four games this season, Sanders-Frison made just nine of his 24 attempts. His 10.1 ppg stands fourth on the team.

Sanders-Frison's Double-Doubles

Nov. 16 - Cal State Northridge - 15 points, 10 rebounds
Dec. 18 - Cal Poly             - 15 points, 10 rebounds
Dec. 22 - Kansas               - 10 points, 12 rebounds
Jan. 8  - at Arizona State     - 13 points, 11 rebounds
Jan. 13 - Washington State     - 14 points, 10 rebounds

Bears Boast High Strength of Schedule
Cal has endured some growing pains with such a young team this season, but the competition has been pretty tough, as well. Cal has played four teams in the top 20 (No. 3 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 20 Washington). The Fighting Irish were not ranked when they faced the Bears. Kansas and San Diego State ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the RPI rankings. The Bears also defeated then-No. 20 Temple, 57-50, as part of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., back in November. These four highly-ranked opponents have helped the Bears earn a strength of schedule ranking of No.3.

Cal's Games Vs. Ranked Opponents

Nov. 25 vs. No. 20 Temple          - 57-50, Cal
Dec. 8  vs. No. 14 San Diego State - 77-57, SDSU
Dec. 18 vs. No. 3 Kansas           - 78-63, Kansas
Jan. 16 vs. No. 17 Washington      - 92-71, Washington

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in 12 of the 17 games this season, after recording just four double-figure scoring performances last season. He paced the Bears with a new career high of 21 points at Arizona State on Jan. 8. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 24 steals, part of the team's 93, leads the team. He set a new season high with four at Arizona on Jan. 6, and also chipped in three at ASU. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg, and set previous career highs in scoring in the first two games of the season (18 vs. Cal State Northridge and 20 vs. New Mexico). Gutierrez has recorded a personal-best eight assists three times this season. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In his last six games, Gutierrez has shot 19-for-26 from the free throw line. His apg of 4.0 is currently tied for third in the Pac-10.

Bears on the Boards
After outrebounding Arizona State by 16 on Jan. 8, the Bears tallied nine more boards than Washington State on Jan. 13. Cal has outrebounded 11 of its 17 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +3.6 which currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10. A big reason for the strong play on the glass comes from Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the team's leading rebounder at 8.1 rpg. He has hit his personal high of 12 rebounds twice this season (San Diego State, Kansas), racked up 11 boards at ASU and 10 against Washington State on Jan. 13. Harper Kamp is second on the team in rebounds at 5.6 rpg. He notched a career-high of 10 at Iowa State on Dec. 4. Allen Crabbe is currently averaging 5.5 rpg after posting a team-best seven rebounds at Arizona. He followed that performance with eight boards in the next game at ASU.

Smith Logs Solid Minutes
Brandon Smith has been a solid contributor off the bench, taking the departed Gary Franklin's spot in the starting lineup. He had a career night against Washington State on Jan. 13, securing new career highs in assists (9), rebounds (5) and playing time (44 minutes). Smith has totaled at least 20 minutes of playing time in 11 games this season, including 29 against Hartford, which resulted in him posting a personal-best 15 points in his first collegiate start. Smith has also registered 30 minutes of playing time in the last four games. He is second on the team in assists with 56.He notched a game-high five assists at Arizona. Smith had a solid night against New Mexico on Nov. 20, garnering a then-career high of seven assists. On the defensive end, Smith, who is regarded as one of the finest defenders in De La Salle High School history, came up with a big steal in the final minutes at Arizona when the game appeared to be over to give Cal a last-second chance to tie or win the game. Against the Cougars last Thursday, Smith shut down Klay Thompson in the overtime period after Thompson put up 36 on the Bears in regulation, helping the Bears earn the win.

Solomon Helps Swat Shots Away
Another key factor off the bench for Cal, Richard Solomon notched a personal-best 14 points against Washington last Sunday. He has collected 11 steals on the year, and is currently averaging 5.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg after earning a double-double against Hartford (10 points, personal-high 10 rebounds) on Dec. 28. Solomon is also the team leader in blocks with 10. He notched three blocks in his season-high night against Hartford. Solomon isn't afraid to take his chances from three-point distance, as well, connecting on two of his seven tries. On Jan. 6 at Arizona, Solomon registered nine points, but more importantly, he went 4-for-5 from the free throw line, and was good on all four of his tries in the final two minutes of the contest to keep Cal in the game after both Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out. Against Washington State last Thursday, Solomon finished with seven rebounds, and shot 3-for-4 from the field to record eight points.

Cal's Freshman Class Ranked in the Top 20
Cal's freshman class this season 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. Two other newcomers join the squad from the Los Angeles area - freshman forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a sophomore 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.

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 ... Gary Franklin, a former freshman guard on this season's team, decided to transfer and left the team on Jan. 5 ... Harper Kamp played chess competitively as a child ... 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 ... Richard Solomon practiced karate as a child, achieving the rank of junior black belt ... 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 ... The lone signee this fall for the Bears was 6-9, 210-forward Davis Kravish out of Lee's Summit, Mo ... 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 won 46 games in his first two seasons in Berkeley, breaking the school record of 39 set by Lou Campanelli in 1986 and '87.
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