BERKELEY - California continues a busy opening-season stretch that includes four games in 11 days when the Golden Bears host Oakland on Friday, Nov. 15. The contest serves as the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Tip-off is set for 8:06 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Cal has opened the season with victories over Coppin State (83-64) and Denver (77-50).
Friday’s contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with JB Long (play-by-play) and Jarron Collins (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 Todd McKim (play-by-play) and former Cal assistant coach Jay John (analyst). Fans can also listen to the game for free through the TuneIn app located on CalBears.com.
Golden Bear Notes
• Cal won its first two games by a combined 46 points, defeating Coppin State (83-64) and Denver (77-50). The Bears are looking to open the year with wins in their first three games for the fourth-straight year.
• Cal has scored at least 77 points in its first two games, a point total reached just five times last season.
• Sophomore 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. He is averaging 18 ppg. through the first two contests, leading Cal in scoring in both games.
• Cal has won its last 30 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 season opener vs. Coppin State and freshman guard Jabari Bird made his first career start against Denver on Monday.
• All five freshmen - Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews, Roger Moute a Bidias, Kameron Rooks, and Sam Singer - have played in the first two games. Bird, a McDonald’s All-American, has been the most productive with 22 points and 10 rebounds over 45 minutes in his first two collegiate appearances.
• Justin Cobbs has posted six assists in each of his first two games to give him 339 for his Cal Career. The Pac-12’s active career assist leader ranks 10th on Cal’s all-time assist chart.
• Mike Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I head men’s basketball coach with 659 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.
Bears Look for 31st Straight November Home Victory
Cal has won its last 30 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.
Season-Opening Success Under Montgomery
Cal has opened the season with victories in its first two games each of the last eight years, beginning with the 2006-07 season. The Bears own a 26-6 record in the month of November in the Mike Montgomery era. Cal has won its last eight 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 in the Montgomery era.
Non-Conference Home Games Under Montgomery
The Bears are 35-6 in non-conference home games under Mike Montgomery. They are 2-0 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.
Cobbs Is League's Active Career Assist Leader
With 339 assists in just 69 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 Justin Cobbs has recorded nine assists in Cal’s first two games. The Pac-12’s active career assist leader has 339 assists in his 69 games as a Golden Bear. He is 10th 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.
Kravish & 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. Kravish broke the single-season school block mark with 63. Solomon was second with 37 blocks. He became the first player with at least six points, six rebounds and six blocks in a game when he posted seven points, eight rebounds and a career-high six blocks vs. Washington State last season.
Through 69 games, Kravish has totaled 108 career blocks and ranks fourth on Cal’s career blocks chart. Through 81 games, Solomon has posted 83 blocks to rank seventh on the school’s career list.
Solomon Controlling The Glass
Senior forward Richard Solomon has totaled a conference-leading 26 rebounds in his first two games this season. He posted a career-best 16 rebounds in 28 minutes of action last time out vs. Denver. In the forward’s last three games, dating back to last season’s 14-rebound performance vs. Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, he has recorded 40 total rebounds to go along with 41 combined points.
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 in his collegiate debut vs. Coppin State. Bird’s point total was the best for a Golden Bear in his first game since Nov. 15, 2006 when Ryan Anderson posted 20 points against Utah Valley State. Anderson is now in his second season as a starter with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. Bird earned his first career start against Denver, becoming the first freshman to start a game since Tyrone Wallace started Cal’s 10th game of last season.
Cal vs. The Horizon League
While Cal and Oakland have never met on the hardwood, the Bears have faced a number of Horizon League teams in their history with a 4-1 all-time record against teams currently in the conference. Cal owns a 2-0 all-time record against Cleveland State and Detroit. The Bears’ lone loss came to Wisconsin-Green Bay (61-57) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 1994 in Ogden, Utah.
A Look At Oakland
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies, out of Rochester, Mich., opened the season with losses to a pair of nationally-ranked teams in No. 12 North Carolina (84-61) and No. 24 UCLA (91-60). Head coach Mike Kampe is in his 30th season with Oakland. Senior Travis Bader led the NCAA in three-pointers made per game (4.2) last season and has connected on at least one three-pointer in 55-straight games, averaging a team-leading 18.5 ppg.