Cal Treks to Pacific Northwest This Week Against Washington
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Release:  02/08/2011

Feb. 8, 2011

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California (13-10, 6-5) at Washington (15-7, 7-4)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KNEW 910 | XM 141 | Sirius 121

Concluding a four-game homestand with a record of 3-1, California heads back on the road for four of the final seven games in the regular season. This week, the Golden Bears trek to the Pacific Northwest to face Washington Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.

Cal lost its last game in triple overtime to then-No. 21 Arizona, 107-105 last Saturday at Haas Pavilion, snapping its four-game winning streak. Cal's 105 points were the most since 2007. Junior forward Harper Kamp and junior guard Jorge Gutierrez each notched new career highs in scoring with 33 and 25 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Brandon Smith also chipped in personal bests in assists (11) and rebounds (8). Kamp, Smith and freshman guard Allen Crabbe all played over 50 minutes. In addition, Kamp, Gutierrez and Crabbe became the first Cal trio to score at least 20 points in a game this year. They combined for 85 of Cal's total 105 points.

Thursday's game was Cal's seventh Pac-10 game decided by four points or less or in overtime (4-3). It was Cal's first multiple OT since winning, 88-85, in triple OT at Washington on Jan. 10, 2009, and the third triple overtime game in school history. The longest game in school history was a five-overtime contest in 1977 - a 107-102 win over Oregon on Feb. 10, 1977.

Over his past four games, Gutierrez has scored 76 points (19.0 ppg), going 33-for-39 from the free throw line in the process. He reached his new career high of 25 points before fouling out in the first overtime against the Wildcats.

Smith has taken the role as the team's primary point guard, and is currently second on the team in assists, averaging 3.7 a game. He has recorded at least one steal in nine of the 12 games since he's taking over as the starting point guard, including a season-high of three against Arizona last Saturday. In addition, Cal has been much cleaner with the basketball with Smith at the point. Three times in the last six games the Bears have recorded a season-low in turnovers, including the new season low of seven earned last Thursday against Arizona State. Smith and Gutierrez both rank in the top five in the conference in assists per game and assist-turnover ratio.

Second on the team at 16.6 ppg in conference play (Kamp 17.3), Crabbe has shown more aggressiveness on the court since the start of Pac-10 play. His success was highlighted by his career-high 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13. Already becoming a go-to player, Crabbe posted 27 points in 54 minutes of play against Arizona last Saturday. He has hit double figures in the last 10 consecutive games, and in those games, he is averaging 17.6 ppg.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     15.1    5.7
Posted career-high 33 points vs. Arizona in 55 minutes
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     10.8    7.6
Scored career-high 18 points vs. Oregon
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     13.2    4.4 (APG)
Notched personal-best 25 points against Arizona
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     12.4    5.7
Tallied 27 points in 54 minutes of play vs. Arizona
G       12      Brandon Smith           5-11    185     So.     5.6     3.7 (APG)
Secured career-high 11 assists against Arizona in 53 minutes of action

Washington Scouting Report
A Look at Washington

The preseason Pac-10 favorite, Washington is currently enduring a three-game losing streak that has seen it drop to third in the conference standings. The Huskies still sport the conference's best offense with a scoring average of 84.8. Isaiah Thomas, who went off for 27 points and 13 assists the first time this teams met, is currently averaging 16.5 ppg.

Cal-Washington Series History
The Bears hold the slim lead in the all-time series against Washington, 77-76, but the Huskies won easily in Berkeley earlier this season, 92-71. Washington has won the last two in a row, as it also beat Cal in the championship game of the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament.
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar continues his ninth season at the helm for Washington. Romar led Washington to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time under his guidance after winning the conference tournament. Entering the NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 seed, the Huskies beat No. 5 seed Marquette and No. 4 New Mexico before losing to the No. 2 seed West Virginia.
Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name                    Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       11      Matt Bryan-Amaning      6-9     240     Sr.     15.7    7.9
F       22      Justin Holiday          6-6     185     Sr      12.5    5.7
C       5       Aziz N'Diaye            7-0     260     So.     4.4     5.9
G       2       Isaiah Thomas           5-9     185     Jr.     16.5    3.8
G       15      Scott Suggs             6-6     195     Jr.     7.4     2.2

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Golden Bear Notes
No. 21 Arizona Escapes Berkeley in Triple Overtime Thriller

Then-No. 21 Arizona snapped Cal's four-game winning streak with a 107-105 victory in triple overtime last Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez both earned career highs in scoring at 33 and 25 points, respectively, and Brandon Smith notched a personal-best 11 assists. Gutierrez and Markhuri Sanders-Frison both fouled out by the first overtime, leaving Cal's already-short bench even shorter. Cal had chances at the end of regulation and the second overtime to seal the win, but huge baskets by Arizona's Lamont Jones kept the Wildcats alive until they pulled it out in the third overtime period on a layup by Jones with just over a minute remaining.

Allen Crabbe: Raising His Game
Allen Crabbe boasted a career-high 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13, shooting 10-for-15 from the field. Before his monster game against the Cougars, Crabbe tallied a then-season-high 17 points with nine rebounds against Hartford on Dec. 28. At UCLA on Jan. 20, he posted 13 of his 17 points in the final three and a half minutes, including a three-pointer to tie the game with 10 seconds left. When Arizona State came to Cal on Feb. 3, Crabbe nailed a clutch trey with 15 seconds left to seal the win for Cal. In the next game against Arizona, Crabbe notched 54 minutes of playing in the triple-overtime contest, scoring 27 points and seven rebounds with two steals. Earlier this season he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he garnered 10 points and 10 rebounds. He has registered double-digit scoring performances in the last 10 games. Crabbe is averaging 12.4 ppg and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 rpg. He has also been good on 58 of his 72 tries from the free throw line, giving him a percentage of 80.6 that ranks second on the team and fifth in the conference.

Fearsome Foursome
When Cal's core starters - Allen Crabbe, Harper Kamp, Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Jorge Gutierrez - reach double figures in scoring, Cal is 5-2 so far this season. Iowa State was the first contest these four accomplished this feat, and six of the seven games occurred in conference games. Twice this season Cal has had five players reach double figures. In the Feb. 3 game against Arizona State, all five starters scored in double figures for the first time.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has become one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. He has reached double figures in scoring the last 12 consecutive games, and is averaging 15.8 ppg in those games, shooting 72-for-127 (56.6). Kamp posted a career-best 33 points against Arizona last Saturday, and secured 20-point outings against New Mexico on Nov. 20 (25 points), Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, Washington on Jan. 16 and UCLA on Jan. 20. Kamp also earned his second double-double against the Wildcats last Saturday, boasting a personal-best-tying 10 rebounds. He had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, securing his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). Kamp is first on the team in scoring (15.1) and second in rebounding (5.7). He has made 104 of his 125 tries (.832) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort vs. ASU last Thursday. Kamp`s free throw percentage ranks third in the Pac-10.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been a force for the Bears. In the last six games, he is shooting 29-for-48 (12.6 ppg in those six games). He collected a career-high 18 points against Oregon on Jan. 29, converting on six of his seven shots and going 6-for-9 from the free throw line. He has five double-doubles to his credit this season, and just missed one against Oregon State on Jan. 27 (15 points, 9 rebounds). He earned his most recent double-double vs. Washington State (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Jan. 13. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 7.6 rpg on the season that ranks seventh in the conference. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .600 from the field that ranks second among the Pac-10 leaders. His 10.8 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 currently in the top 15 (No. 2 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 15 Arizona). The Fighting Irish were not ranked when they faced the Bears. 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.11. Earlier in the conference season, the Bears faced Washington when they were ranked No. 17. Last Saturday, Arizona was the fifth ranked team Cal played this season.
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
Feb. 5  vs. No. 21 Arizona - 107-105 (3OT), Arizona

Bears Earn High Conference-Game Percentages
Through the first 11 games of the conference season, Cal has quietly been putting up strong offensive numbers in conference play. The Bears are second behind Washington and tied with Arizona in scoring offense at 77.8 ppg. Cal leads the league in two categories - assists (16.4 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (1.4). While Cal has shot the fewest three-point attempts in conference games (136), the Bears have made good on 54 of those attempts, good for a percentage of 39.7, second only to Arizona. Cal is also second in the league in field goal percentage (47.7). Individually, Markhuri Sanders-Frison is third in field goal percentage (60.6), Jorge Gutierrez is second in assists (5.1) and Brandon Smith is third (4.7). Smith and Gutierrez are also first and second, respectively, in assist-turnover ratio.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in 17 of the 23 games this season, after recording just four double-figure scoring performances last season. Over his past four games, Gutierrez has scored 76 points (19.0 ppg), going 33-39 from the free throw line in the process. In the previous four games, he averaged just 8.3 ppg (33 total points). He collected a new career high of 25 points against Arizona last Saturday. Gutierrez reached that new personal best before fouling out in the first of the three overtime periods against the Wildcats. He paced the Bears with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Arizona State on Feb. 3. He earned his first career double-double against Oregon State on Jan. 27, boasting 16 points and personal-high 11 assists. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 35 steals, part of the team's 131, leads the team. He is second on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg, and his apg of 4.5 is currently second in the Pac-10.
Arizona State's Jamelle McMillan was recently quoted in a blog in the Arizona Republic about the kind of person and player Gutierrez is:
""He's an odd guy, because he's one of the nicest guys I've talked to,'' McMillan said."But on the court, he's just ruthless. He'll throw an elbow here, he'll grab there. He doesn't talk, but he's an amazing competitor, and obviously his role has changed a lot. He's scoring the ball a lot more, seems to have confidence in his offense. He's what makes that team go. I look forward to playing against him for maybe the last time, depending on if we see him later (in the Pac-10 Tournament) or whatever. He's a guy I have a lot of respect for."

Down To the Wire
Cal enters Thursday's game at Washington with a record of 6-5 in the Pac-10, but the Bears easily could have had a couple of those losses swing the other way. Two conference games Cal lost were not decided until the final play of the game - Jan. 6 at Arizona and Jan. 20 at UCLA. Including a loss to Southern Miss. and last weekend to Arizona, the Bears have lost four games by two points, and they picked up their first win by that score differential at USC on Jan. 22. Besides the win over the Trojans, Cal has also picked up a couple close-call victories. The Bears hung on to win at Iowa State by three, at Arizona State by four and at home against the Sun Devils by four. Cal also held off Washington State in overtime in Berkeley after the Cougars were good on a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into the extra session. Seven of the 10 Pac-10 games played thus far have been decided by four points or less or in overtime.
Games This Season Decided by Three Points or Less

Dec. 4  at Iowa State - 76-73, Cal
Dec. 12 vs. Southern Miss. - 80-78, So. Miss.
Jan. 6  at Arizona - 73-71, Arizona
Jan. 20 at UCLA - 86-84, UCLA
Jan. 22 at USC - 68-66, Cal
Feb. 5  vs. Arizona, 107-105 (3OT), Arizona

Smith is Set as a Starter
Brandon Smith posted new personal bests in assists (11), rebounds (8) and playing time (53 minutes) against Arizona last Saturday, coming up one point shy of his first career double-double. On the defensive end, Smith, who is regarded as one of the finest defenders in De La Salle High School history, shut down WSU's Klay Thompson in overtime the first time Cal and Washington State met on Jan. 13 after Thompson put up 36 on the Bears in regulation. Smith's efforts helped the Bears earn the win. Smith earned his first collegiate start against Hartford on Dec. 28, which resulted in him posting a personal-best 15 points. On Jan. 22 at USC, Smith nailed two key three-pointers after entering the game with only one trey this season. He hit double figures against Arizona State on Feb. 3 with 11, including a big momentum-shifting three-pointer. He is currently second on the team in assists with an average of 3.7. He and fellow guard Jorge Gutierrez rank in the top five in the conference among the Pac-10's assist leaders.

Pac-10 Assist Leaders (All Games)

1. Isaiah Thomas, Wash.  (5.8 APG)
2. Jorge Gutierrez       (4.5 APG)
3. Klay Thompson, WSU    (4.3 APG)
4. Jamelle McMillan, ASU (3.9 APG)
5. Brandon Smith         (3.8 APG)

McKeen to be Inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Bob McKeen, a 6-7 center who played for the Golden Bears from 1952-55, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during a ceremony at the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. McKeen played for two of the most notable coaches in Cal history - Nibs Price and Pete Newell - and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,654 points), setting a record that stood for more than 30 years. McKeen averaged 15.5 points per game over his four-year career and finished with 1,654 points, nearly 400 points more than any Bear up to that time. The mark remained atop Cal's scoring chart until 1987 when Kevin Johnson tallied just one point more. McKeen will become the 10th Golden Bear enshrined n the Hall of Honor, following coaches Pete Newell and Nibs Price and players Kevin Johnson, Darrall Imhoff, Jason Kidd, Andy Wolfe, Russ Critchfield, Charles Johnson and Earl Robinson.

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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