March 2, 2010
California Golden Bears (20-9, 12-5) vs. Stanford Cardinal (13-16, 7-10)
Saturday, March 6, 3 p.m., Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.
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After clinching a share of its first Pac-10 title in 50 years with a win over Arizona State last Saturday on Senior Day, California heads down the Peninsula to Stanford to face the Cardinal in the regular-season finale having won six out of the last seven. The Golden Bears and the Cardinal will play Saturday, March 6, at 3 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Cal last won a conference title in 1960 when the Bears captured the last of four straight Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crowns. Cal finished that year with a 28-2 overall record and 11-1 league mark. The Bears reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio State.
A strong free-throw shooting team all season, Cal currently ranks No.19 in the nation at 74.5 percent, with senior guard Jerome Randle ranking second in the nation indivudally at 92.3 percent, which is the best single-season percentage in school history.
Randle moved closer to Sean Lampley on Cal's all-time career scoring list with 1,733 points, Lampley is in first with 1,776 points. After reaching 600 points a year ago, Randle currently boasts 549 points this season.
The team leader in steals with 48, Christopher is seventh on the school's career scoring list with 1,610 points, and is currently second on the team in scoring with 15.7 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.4 rpg. On Saturday, Christopher will surpass Keith Smith (1987-90) for the school record in career games played with 129.
In addition to sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, Cal also has a Strength of Schedule ranking of No. 10 and an RPI ranking of No. 21. The Bears have defeated each Pac-10 team at least once this year.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 11.6 6.7 Earned his 12th career double-double vs. Arizona F 21 Omondi Amoke 6-7 225 So 4.6 4.6 Posted a game-high 11 rebounds vs. Oregon F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 14.0 4.7 Paced the Bears in scoring in both games last week at Oregon G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 18.9 4.5 apg Put up 19 second-half points against Arizona G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 15.7 5.4 Scored his 1,500th point at USC on Feb. 4
Cal Head Coach Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery, one of the most successful coaches in the collegiate game, is in his second season overseeing the California program. He has a 42-20 record with the Golden Bears and a 589-264 (.690) overall mark that includes eight years at Montana and 18 seasons at Stanford. Montgomery has coached teams to the NCAA Final Four (1998), four Pac-10 regular-season crowns (1999, 2000, '03, '04) and one Pac-10 Tournament title (2004), as well as one NIT title (1991). He was named the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2000 and is a four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, '03, '04). Montgomery was introduced as Cal's 15th head coach on April 5, 2008. On Feb. 19, 2009, against Oregon, he became the third consecutive Cal mentor to win 20 games in his first full season as head coach (Ben Braun - 23 in 1996-97, Todd Bozeman - 22 in 1993-94). Montgomery became the first Cal coach and the fourth non-UCLA Pac-10 coach to win 20 games in his first two seasons. He also earned his 19th 20-win campaign. Montgomery currently ranks 10th in wins among active coaches.
Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford
After going through the majority of the conference season with a perfect home record, Stanford (13-16, 7-10) has lost its last three at home, including losing its last game to Arizona on a last-second shot. Landry Fields leads the Cardinal and the Pac-10 on scoring at 22.1 ppg.
Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal leads the all-time series, 141-113, with both teams winning on their home court in the two matchups last season. The Bears easily defeated Stanford, 92-66, in the conference opener at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 2.
Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
In his second season as head coach, Johnny Dawkins helped Stanford notch a 20-14 record and a trip to the semifinals of the CBI. Reaching the 20-win plateau for just the second time in five years, Dawkins helped the Cardinal extend the program's lengthy streaks of consecutive winning seasons (16) and postseason appearances (16).
Pos No Name Ht Wt Yr Ppg Rpg F 2 Landry Fields 6-7 210 Sr 22.1 8.6 F 34 Andrew Zimmerman 6-9 215 So 4.7 3.3 F 50 Jack Trotter 6-9 220 So 7.0 4.6 G 22 Jarrett Mann 6-3 185 So 6.1 3.6 G 45 Jeremy Green 6-4 190 S0 17.0 3.8
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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Claim Share of First Pac-10 Title in 50 Years
Cal clinched at least a share of its first Pac-10 Championship in 50 years with its 95-71 victory over Arizona State in the final home game of the season last Saturday at Haas Pavilion.. It was a team effort for the Bears, as Jerome Randle only scored seven points. The first half went back and forth with the Sun Devils taking a one-point lead into halftime. In the second half, a couple of momentum-changing baskets by Jorge Gutierrez and a couple of timely three-pointers helped Cal take a stranglehold on the game. At the 11-minute mark, the Bears had a 44-42 lead when they went on an 18-4 run to close out the contest.
Jerome Climbs the School's All-Time Assists Chart
With 505 careers assists, Jerome Randle currently stands third the school's all-time list, after passing Jason Kidd (494). On the season, Randle is averaging 4.5 assists per game, and has recorded nine assists in three separate games. The first time he notched nine assists, against Princeton on Nov. 29, Randle leapfrogged Butch Hays for fifth. He duplicated that total against Iowa State on Dec. 5 and Washington State on Jan. 14. Last season, against Arizona State on Jan. 4, Randle dished out a career-best 10, and he led the team 20 times during the campaign. Randle currently ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart with 165 assists last season, and he has 131 this season. On Feb. 25, he became the third player in Cal history to record 500 career assists, joining Keith Smith and Kevin Johnson.
Cal's All-Time Assist Leaders
1. Keith Smith (1987-90) 546 2. Kevin Johnson (1984-87) 521 3. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 505
Pac-10 Champs For the First Time in 50 Years
When Cal defeated Arizona State, 62-46, last Saturday at Haas Pavilion on Senior Day, the Bears clinched at least a share of their first Pac-10 Championship in 50 years. Cal last won a conference title in 1960 when the Bears captured the last of four straight Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crowns. Cal finished that year with a 28-2 overall record and 11-1 league mark. The Bears reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio State. Cal can win the conference title outright with a win over Stanford on Saturday, or one more Arizona State loss this week. Regardless of this week's results, Cal has clinched the No. 1 seed in next week's Pac-10 Tournament.
In 21 of the 29 games this season, Cal has reached the 70-point plateau, with 11 of those performances reaching the 80-point mark. The Bears also earned their fourth 90-point performance on Feb. 11 against Washington (93). A major factor in the success of the offense has been the play of Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. Randle is averaging 18.9 ppg. He posted a career-high 39 points at Washington State on Jan. 14, and 33 against the Huskies two weeks ago, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week and USBWA Player of the Week honors in the process. He also posted 29 points at USC on Feb. 4. Christopher, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 15, came up one point shy of his career high in scoring when he posted 28 at Washington on Jan. 16. Christopher also tallied 21 points at Arizona State on Jan. 28. After missing six games from a foot injury, Robertson posted two straight 20-point performances against UCLA and USC on Jan. 6 and 9, going 18-for-20 from the free throw line in those two games. He recorded a career-best 27 points at Arizona on Jan. 31, including going 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He earned his 10th career 20-point outing at UCLA on Feb. 6, posting 20 points. Jamal Boykin has also been a contributor in the scorebook, averaging 11.6 ppg with four 20-point efforts on the season, including a career high of 25 points at Arizona State, half of his third double-double of the season (10 rebounds). He earned his sixth double-double (12th career) with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona on Feb. 25. He earned his first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after his efforts against the Arizona schools last weekend.
Cal Trio Taking Its Place in Cal History
Last season, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher each scored their 1,000th career point. Randle now has 1,733 career points and currently stands in second on the school's all-time scoring list, becoming just the second player in school history to record 1,700 points. Last season, Randle became the seventh player in school history to record 600 points in a single season, finishing with 603. Christopher is seventh with 1,610 points. Cal now has a trio of 1,000-point scorers on the team for the second time in school history, after Theo Robertson joined the club with his 24 points against UCLA on Jan. 6. He entered the contest needing only seven points, and he earned the accomplishment early in the second half against the Bruins. This marks the second time that Cal had three 1,000-point scorers on the same team (1987 - Kevin Johnson, David Butler, Chris Washington). Cal now has 39 1,000 point scorers in school history.
Cal's All-Time Scoring Leaders
1. Sean Lampley (1998-01) 1,776 2. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 1,733 3. Lamond Murray (1992-94) 1,688 6. Bob McKeen (1952-55) 1,654 7. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 1,610 8. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 1,608 19. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 1,225
Randle Reaching New Heights
When Jerome Randle recorded his 1,700th point at Oregon on Feb. 20 and his 500th career assist on Feb. 25 against Arizona, he became just the sixth player in Pac-10 history to accomplish this feat. He is only the second player in school history to score 1,700 points and the third to tally 500 assists. Brevin Knight, Ron Lee, Jason Gardner, Damon Stoudamire and Gary Payton are the other former Pac-10 standouts to achieve this accomplishment. In the school record books, Randle is cementing his name in a number of categories. He ranks in the top 10 of nine Cal career lists, including No. 1 in free throw percentage (87.4), three-pointers made (241) and three-point attempts (594). He also ranks both first and second in the school's season top 10 ranking for three-point field goals made (82 - 2008-09, 81 - 2009-10). His single-season free throw percentage of 92.3 also tops that list.
Bears Are Golden From Behind the Arc
Theo Robertson currently ranks first in Cal history for career three-point shooting at 43.5 percent (143-328). Jerome Randle ranks sixth all-time at 40.5 percent (241-594). Randle's 241 career treys ranks first on Cal's all-time list, as he passed Ryan Drew (214) on Feb. 4 at USC. He and Drew are the only two Cal players to make 200 treys, and Randle became the 32nd player in Pac-10 history to accomplish the feat. In addition, Randle also surpassed Drew for the school record in career three-point attempts. Patrick Christopher's 150 career three-pointers place him seventh all-time in career three-pointers made. On Jan. 14 at Washington State, Randle swished seven of his 12 three-point attempts, one shy of his personal high. As a team, Cal had its best three-point shooting percentage of the season at 55.0 (11-20). On Feb. 13, Randle drilled six of his nine tries. With Robertson's three treys on Feb. 18 at Oregon State, Randle, Robertson and Christopher all rank in the top 10 on the school's career three-point field goals made list.
Cal Three-Point Career Percentage Leaders
1. Theo Robertson (2006- ) 143 328 .435 2. Billy Dreher (1991-92) 81 188 .431 6. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 241 594 .405
Cal Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. Jerome Randle (2007 - ) 241 6. Randy Duck (1994-97) 153 7. Patrick Christopher (2007 - ) 150 8. Theo Robertson (2006 - ) 143
Boykin Boosts Bears With Boards and Baskets
Jamal Boykin's career field goal percentage of .547 ranks fourth all-time in school history. This season, he has made 143 of the 241 shots he's taken, good for a percentage of .593, which ranks third in the conference. Boykin is once again Cal's leading rebounder this season, averaging 6.7 rpg. Boykin earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after earning his sixth double-double of the season against Arizona on Thursday (20 points, 10 rebounds). Boykin notched his first double-double of the season against New Mexico on Dec. 2 (21 points, 13 rebounds), his second on Dec. 22 at Kansas (15 points, 15 rebounds), his third on Jan. 28 at Arizona State with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth on Feb. 11 against Washington (20 points, 11 rebounds) and his fifth on Feb. 13 against Washington State (18 points, 11 rebounds). He reached a career high in rebounding with 15 boards at Kansas. Against Princeton on Nov. 29, Boykin tied his then-personal best in scoring with 22 points.
Cal Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders
3. Alfred Grigsby (1992-97) 56.1% 349-622 4. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 54.7% 352-643 5. Leonard Taylor (1985-89) 53.8% 576-1,071 6. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 53.6% 580-1,082
Cal Season Field Goal Percentage Leaders
6. Alfred Grigsby (1993) 59.8% 116-194 7. Solomon Hughes (2002) 59.4% 95-160 8. Brian Hendrick (1990) 59.3% 175-295 8. Jamal Boykin (2007-) 59.3% 143-241
Hip Hip Jorge
One of Cal's toughest defenders, Jorge Gutierrez had a huge game for the Bears against Washington State on Feb. 13, earning career highs in scoring (15) and assists (6). His strong defensive effort helped slow down Klay Thompson and the Cougar offense in the second half, as well. He earned his first collegiate start against Syracuse on Nov. 19, filling in for the injured Theo Robertson. After suffering a knee injury in the conference opener on Jan. 2, Gutierrez returned to action against Oregon State on Jan. 23. On Jan. 28 at Arizona State, Gutierrez only made one shot out of five attempts, but it was a big shot for the Bears. After the Sun Devils cut Cal's lead from 16 down to just one point, Gutierrez hit a huge three-pointer in the corner to give the Bears' a four-point lead and silence the ASU rally. On Feb. 4 at USC, Gutierrez tied his career best in rebounds with eight. He earned his third double-figure game of the season with 10 points vs. Washington on Feb. 11.
In the Rankings
After briefly enjoying an AP ranking of No. 13 at the start of the season, Cal slipped out of the Top 25 after a couple early-season losses to ranked teams, but the Bears still maintain an RPI ranking of No. 21 and a ranking of 18th in the pomeroy rankings. Playing in a conference that's considered to be having a "down" year, the Bears currently have a Strength of Schedule ranking of 10th in the nation. All four of Cal's nonconference losses came against teams that were in the Top 20 at that time, including at No. 1 Kansas.
Facing Stiff Competition
While the Bears have slipped out of the Top 25, after earning a preseason ranking of No. 13, Cal has already faced some of the nation's best teams. At one point this season, four of the six teams who have defeated Cal - Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State and New Mexico - were all ranked in the AP Top 20, including Kansas coming in then at No. 1. The Jayhawks also currently boast the nation's top RPI ranking with Syracuse closely behind them at No. 3 and New Mexico at No. 7. In the current AP Top 10, Syracuse is ranked No. 1, Kansas is No. 2, Ohio State is sixth and New Mexico is eighth.
Jerome Randle Almost Perfect at the Line
Cal's all-time leader in career free throw percentage entering last season, senior Jerome Randle boasts a career percentage of 87.4 (362-414). Last season, Randle made 139 of his 161 free throw attempts (86.3%). It appears nothing has changed for Randle, as he went 10-for-11 from the charity stripe at Washington State on Jan. 14 and a perfect 12-for-12 against Detroit on Nov. 11. He's currently 108-for-117 on the season (92.3), which currently is the best single-season percentage in school history, leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation. Shantay Legans (2002) is second at 89.5 percent. His 362 career free throws rank sixth all-time in school history. Patrick Christopher's career free throw percentage is also in the top 10, currently tied for eighth on the chart with a percentage of 80.9 (246-304). Cal set the school single-game record for free throws made without a miss against Arizona State on Jan. 28, shooting a perfect 14-for-14. The previous record was also 100 percent, but the Bears shot 12-for-12 in that contest back in 2007. Against the Trojans on Jan. 9, as a team, Cal shot 21-for-24 from the free throw line, including Theo Robertson going 9-for-10. Robertson also was a perfect 10-for-10 at Arizona on Jan. 31. Despite missing 18 free throws at Washington on Jan. 16, Cal still made a season-high 32 free throws out of 50 attempts. On Feb. 11 against Washington, the Bears were 25-for-27 from the charity stripe. Jamal Boykin has also been a solid contributor from the free throw line, posting a current season average of 86.4 (51-59).
Cal Career Free Throw Leaders
1. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 87.4% 362-414 2. Michael Chavez (1980-83) 84.3% 198-235 3. Ryan Anderson (2007-08) 84.1% 276-328 4. Shantay Legans (2000-02) 83.7% 190-227 5. Connie White (1975-76) 82.9% 155-187 6. Bill Duwe (1969-72) 81.6% 120-147 7. Amit Tamir (2002-04) 81.1% 163-201 8. Patrick Christopher (2007- ) 80.9% 246-304
Cal Career Free Throws Made
5. Brian Hendrick (1990-93) 397 6. Jerome Randle (2007- ) 362
Missing in Action
For the majority of this season, Cal hasn't been at 100 percent health. The Bears have been dealing with injuries and illnesses all season. Theo Robertson missed six games during the nonconference schedule because of a sore foot and Jorge Gutierrez missed five games at the start of conference play with a knee injury. Markhuri Sanders-Frison is nursing a sore back that caused him to miss Cal's two games in Arizona, although he returned to action at USC. Jerome Randle hasn't missed a game, but has battled a sore knee earlier this season. In addition, the Bears have been without Harper Kamp for the entire season, as he's still recuperating from offseason knee surgery. As a result of the short bench, Randle, Patrick Christopher, and Theo Robertson have averaged over 33.0 minutes per game. Despite all the setbacks, Cal currently stands alone in first place in the Pac-10. Omondi Amoke was the next Bear to get injured, as he hurt his shoulder on Feb. 11 against Washington, but has remained in the lineup.
With the Bears' depth at the frontcourt limited right now with Harper Kamp still out of the lineup, sophomore Omondi Amoke has stepped up this season. Amoke recorded a double-double against Iowa State on Dec. 5 (11 points, 14 rebounds). He posted a career-best 15 rebounds vs. Ohio State on Nov. 20, and a personal-high of 15 points against Jacksonville on Nov. 24. Amoke reached double figures in rebounding against Oregon on Jan. 21 with a game-high of 11. Amoke paced the Bears on the boards at Washington State on Jan. 14 with seven, as well as against Oregon with 11. He made his first career start against at Washington State, filling in for the injured Markhuri Sanders-Frison, and has started eight games. Amoke and Sanders-Frison led the Bears on the boards at UCLA on Feb. 6 with six each.
Earl Robinson Inducted Into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Earl Robinson, a two-sport star for California in the 1950s who played both basketball and baseball for the Golden Bears, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor at a ceremony during the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament in March. A 6-1 guard on the hardwood, Robinson played under Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell and helped Cal to conference titles in 1956, '57 and '58, earning a spot on the All-Coast team twice and the All-Pacific Coast Conference squad three times. Robinson was voted Cal's Most Inspirational Player as a senior in 1958 when he also served as team captain. He had his best statistical season during his junior campaign when he contributed 12.1 ppg, and he finished his career with 882 points, which ranked among the school's all-time top five.
Randle and Christopher Make Preseason Watch Lists
Jerome Randle was named one of the 50 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. The Wooden Award All-American team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament. Randle and Patrick Christopher were also two of 50 players named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind. Randle was also named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, and Christopher was also named a Preseason All-American by CollegeInsider.com. Randle was recently included on the midseason candidate list for the Bob Cousy Award.