Bears Look to Carry Momentum Against Oregon
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Release:  01/28/2011

Jan. 28, 2011

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California (11-9, 4-4) vs. Oregon (10-10, 3-5)
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
3 p.m. PT
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: CSN Calif.
Radio: KNEW 910

Recording its largest margin of victory this season, California looks for a weekend sweep against Oregon. The Golden Bears (11-9, 4-4) easily defeated Oregon State by 28 on Thursday to even their conference record to .500. Cal and Oregon square off Saturday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

After having a relatively quiet week in Los Angeles last week, junior guard Jorge Gutierrez garnered his first collegiate double-double against the Beavers with 16 points and a new career-high 11 assists. For the fourth straight contest, junior forward Harper Kamp paced the Bears in scoring. He finished with 18 points after shooting 7-for-9 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison tied his personal best in scoring with 15 points, and came up one rebound shy of his sixth career double-double. Freshman guard Allen Crabbe was the fourth Bear to reach double figures (12). It was Crabbe's seventh straight game scoring double digits. The Bears posted a season-high 23 assists on 31 field goals. It was also Cal's 13th win over OSU in the past 14 meetings at Haas Pavilion.

Cal has started going with a bigger lineup recently, using forwards Richard Solomon and Bak Bak more frequently in the front court. In the last two games, Bak has played 31 minutes, scored 13 points and snared eight boards. In the last five games, Solomon is averaging 8.6 ppg, while shooting 15-for-19 from the field.

Since the start of Pac-10 play, nobody has come on stronger for the Bears than Crabbe. Averaging 16.0 ppg in the eight conference games played, Crabbe has shown more aggressiveness on the court since the start of Pac-10 play. His recent success 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. Crabbe has come through in the clutch, as well, drilling a three-pointer to tie the Jan. 20 contest at UCLA with 10 seconds left in the game.

Kamp leads the team in free throw shooting at 82.8 percent (82-99) that ranks third in the conference, while Crabbe is second on the team at 81.1 percent (43-53).

Facing four opponents currently in the AP Top 20, Cal currently boasts a strength of schedule ranking of No. 7. Earlier this season, the Bears faced No. 4 San Diego State, No. 6 Kansas, No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 18 Washington. The Fighting Irish were not ranked yet when they played Cal in November. 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.     14.6    5.4
Has led Cal in scoring the past four consecutive games
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     10.5    8.0
Tied his personal high in scoring (15) vs. Oregon State
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.2    4.4 (APG)
Notched first career double-double against Oregon State
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     11.5    5.5
Reached double figures in past seven games
G       12      Brandon Smith           5-11    185     So.     5.2     3.4 (APG)
Nailed two treys at USC, and finished the game with 12 points