California continues a busy season-opening stretch that includes four games in 11 days when the Golden Bears host Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Tip-off is set for 8:06 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Cal opened the 2013-14 season last Friday with an 83-64 victory over Coppin State.
Fans can purchase tickets to Tuesday's game by clicking here. Students are admitted free for the first five games of the season.
Tuesday’s contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with JB Long (play-by-play) and Lamar Hurd (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast all the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT) with Cal alum Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Todd McKim (analyst). Fans can also listen to the game for free on the TuneIn app on CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• Cal opened the season with a convincing 83-64 victory over Coppin State on Friday. Four Golden Bears scored in double figures, headlined by sophomore Tyrone Wallace’s career-best 20 points.
• Tyrone Wallace was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday following his 20-point performance vs. Coppin State that also included seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 34 minutes.
• Cal has won its last 29 games in the month of November at Haas Pavilion, dating back to 2004. The Bears were last defeated in a November home game at Haas Pavilion on Nov. 12, 2004 in a 61-52 setback to Saint Mary’s.
• The 2013-14 Golden Bears returned four of five starters - senior guard Justin Cobbs, senior forward Richard Solomon, junior forward David Kravish and sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace - from last season’s 21-12 team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior guard Ricky Kreklow made his first career start in the Bears’ season-opening win against Coppin State. In all, Cal returned 61 percent of its scoring from last season, including five of its top seven scorers.
• All five freshmen - Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews, Roger Moute a Bidias, Kameron Rooks, and Sam Singer - made their collegiate debuts in the season-opening win against Coppin State. Bird, a McDonald’s All-American last season, was the most productive with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 21 minutes of action against the Eagles. The five freshmen combined for 22 points in the win with Mathews contributing six points and Rooks adding two points.
• Justin Cobbs had six assists in the win vs. Coppin State to give him 333 for his Cal career. The Pac-12’s active career assist leader is now tied with Roy Fisher (1988-91) for 10th on Cal’s all-time assist chart.
• Junior David Kravish totaled four blocks in the season-opening win vs. Coppin State to pass Tom Schneiderjohn (105 blocks from 1976-79) and move into fourth place on Cal’s career blocks list with 108.
•After totaling a school-record 63 blocks as a team last season, Cal posted eight blocks in the season opener vs. Coppin State, the most in a game since recording nine vs. Colorado on March 2, 2013.
• Mike Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I head men’s basketball coach with 658 career victories in 31 seasons of collegiate coaching. Montgomery owns 272 career Pac-12 victories and is just four wins shy of tying Oregon State’s Slats Gill as the third-winningest coach in league history.
• The Bears recorded their winningest five-year stretch in more than 50 years with 109 total victories in head coach Mike Montgomery’s first five seasons. Cal is the only school to place in the top four in the league and win at least 10 conference games each of the past five seasons.
Season Opening Success Under Montgomery
Cal improved to a perfect 6-0 in season openers under head coach Mike Montgomery and 82-24 all-time with the 83-64 win over Coppin State last Friday. The Bears own a 25-6 record in the month of November with Montgomery. Cal has won its last seven November contests, including a perfect 6-0 mark last season. The Bears’ last November defeat came at the hands of Missouri (92-53) on Nov. 22, 2011 in Kansas City, Mo. Cal has not lost a home game in the month of November during the Montgomery era.
Non-Conference Home Games Under Montgomery
The Bears are 34-6 in non-conference home games under Mike Montgomery. They are 1-0 this season and completed the 2012 non-conference slate with a 4-3 record. The UNLV loss on Dec. 9, 2012 was the first non-conference home setback since dropping a 78-63 decision to No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 22, 2010. The defeat to No. 13 Creighton on Dec. 15, 2012 was the first time Cal had dropped back-to-back non-conference home games under Montgomery.
Cal vs. Denver
Cal owns a 4-0 record in the all-time series with Denver. The Golden Bears and Pioneers have met each of the last two seasons with Cal winning, 72-61, in Denver on Nov. 16, 2012 and taking an 80-59 decision in Berkeley on Nov. 26, 2011. The first two meetings in the series came on Feb. 4, 1967 (Cal win, 63-58) and Feb. 3, 1968 (Cal win, 96-82). Cal is 5-0 all-time against current members of the Summit League (also def. North Dakota State).
Current Golden Bears Against The Pioneers
Six current Golden Bears have faced Denver. Guard Justin Cobbs has averaged 19.5 points in two games against the Pioneers, pouring in 22 in 2011 and 17 last season. Junior Ricky Kreklow scored his most points (10) and played his most minutes (28) as a Golden Bear in last season’s win in Denver.
Cobbs Is League's Active Career Assist Leader
With 333 assists in just 68 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs is the Pac-12 Conference’s active assist leader. His 4.8 apg. average was fourth-best in the league last season. Cobbs’ 4.9 apg. career average ranks fourth in school history.
Cobbs Among Cal's Career Assist Leaders
Senior guard Justin Cobbs recorded three assists in Cal’s season-opening victory over Coppin State this past Friday. The Pac-12’s active career assist leader now has 333 assists in his 68 games as a Golden Bear. He is now tied with Roy Fisher (1988-91) for 10th place on the school’s all-time assist chart.
Cobbs Named To Preseason Watch List for Bob Cousy Award
Senior guard Justin Cobbs has been selected to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This watch list of 50 candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. The selection committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers.
Kravish and Solomon Lead Berkeley Block Party
Junior forward David Kravish and senior forward Richard Solomon combined for 100 blocks last season to lead Cal to a school single-season record 161 in 33 games in 2012-13. Kravish, who broke the single-season school block mark with 63 last season to rank fifth in the Pac-12 at 1.9 bpg. Solomon was second on the Bears’ roster with 37 blocks a year ago. He became the first player with at least six points, six rebounds and six blocks when he posted seven points, eight rebounds and a career-high six blocks vs. Washington State last season.
Through 68 games, Kravish has totaled 108 career blocks and ranks fourth on Cal’s career blocks chart. Through 80 games, Solomon has posted 81 blocks to rank seventh on the school’s career list.
Bird's Debut Best Since 2006
Freshman Jabari Bird scored 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 21 minutes of action in his collegiate debut last Friday vs. Coppin State. Bird’s point total is the best for a Golden Bear in his first action since Nov. 15, 2006 when Ryan Anderson posted 20 points against Utah Valley State in his first collegiate contest. Anderson, is now in his second season as a starter with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.