Cal Faces Notre Dame in Second Round of Old Spice Classic
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Release:  11/26/2010

Nov. 26, 2010


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California (3-0, 0-0) vs. Notre Dame (5-0, 0-0)
Date: Friday, Nov. 26, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT
Location: HP Field House, Orlando, Fla.
Radio: KNEW 910

Defeating the only ranked team in the field Thursday night (No. 20 Temple), the California men's basketball team will play Notre Dame in the second round of the 2010 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Golden Bears (3-0) will face The Fighting Irish (5-0) Friday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. PT at the HP Field House on ESPN2. The game will also be shown on ESPN 3D.

The Bears picked up their third consecutive win with a come-from-behind victory over the Owls, 57-50, Thursday night in the first round of the tournament. The last time Cal defeated a nonconference opponent ranked in the top 20, was Dec. 29, 1998, when the Bears beat No. 9 North Carolina, 78-71.

Four Bears reached double figures in scoring against Temple, paced by junior forward Harper Kamp's 13. It was the second consecutive game that Kamp has led Cal in scoring after posing a career-high 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20. The other Bears to reach double figures were - freshman guard Allen Crabbe (12), junior guard Jorge Gutierrez (10) and freshman guard Gary Franklin (10).

Boasting a youthful team this season with five true freshmen, the Bears turned to their newcomers to make an immediate impact right away, and they have not disappointed. Franklin scored 16 points against New Mexico, drilling four of the 10 three-point attempts that he took. Crabbe, a 6-6 freshman, grabbed eight rebounds and notched steals against Temple. Forward Richard Solomon is shooting 8-for-11 on the season (18 points), and has snagged 13 rebounds through the first three games.

A sign of how young this year's team is, Cal started a pair of freshmen in the season opener on Nov. 16 - Crabbe and Franklin. The last time the Bears had at least two freshmen in the opening-day starting lineup occurred on Nov. 18, 1999, when true freshmen Joe Shipp and Brian Weathers and redshirt freshman Donte Smith started against TCU in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Cal won, 91-83.

Cal's offense has gotten things rolling after halftime in all three of its games. After scoring 36, 38 and 23 points in the first half, the Bears came out in the second half and posted 44, 51 and 34 points. Cal has also won the battle on the boards in all three contests, including a 44-27 margin over Cal State Northridge.

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears have forced a combined 52 turnovers this season and a combined 22 steals. Cal held Temple to shoot just 33.3 percent from the field.