BERKELEY - After playing three games in three days in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, California returns home to host UC Irvine on Monday, Dec. 2, at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Bears and the Anteaters will meet at 7:36 p.m. (PT).
Monday’s contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT) with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Todd McKim (analyst). Fans can listen to the game for free through the TuneIn app located on CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• Cal enters Monday’s game with a 36-6 record in non-conference home games under Mike Montgomery. The Bears are 4-0 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.
• Cal opened the season with five wins for the third time in Mike Montgomery’s six seasons, also achieving the feat in 2012 and 2008.
• Mike Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I head men’s basketball coach with 662 career victories in 31 seasons of collegiate coaching. Montgomery is the fourth-winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 272 career conference victories.
• Senior Justin Cobbs became the 43rd member of Cal’s 1,000-point club with 18 points vs. No. 7 Syracuse (Nov. 26). He now ranks 41st all-time with 1,033 points in 74 career games at Cal. Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader, ranks ninth in school history with 368 career assists.
• Senior Richard Solomon ranks 11th in the nation in rebounding at 11.4 rpg. through Nov. 30. The forward has posted double-doubles in two games this season, with 16 rebounds vs. Denver and a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Oakland.
CAL FOURTH IN EA SPORTS MAUI INVITATIONAL Cal defeated Arkansas (85-77), and lost to No. 7 Syracuse (92-81) and Dayton (82-64) in its three-games in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Senior Justin Cobbs was named to the all-tournament team with 64 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds in the Bears’ three games, including a career-best 31 points vs. Dayton.
Cal now owns a 3-3 record in its two appearances in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Bears placed third in the 1996 tournament, where they defeated No. 25 Iowa (75-59), lost to No. 2 Kansas (85-67) and beat No. 15 Massachusetts (59-55).
Mike Montgomery now owns a 3-6 all-time record in the three appearances in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (1987 and 1992 with Stanford).
OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION UP FROM LAST SEASON After scoring 75 points or more eight times out of 33 games last season, Cal has already topped the threshold in five of its first seven games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 75.6 ppg. is up 8.4 ppg. from last season’s 67.2 ppg. Cal’s season-high 85 points in the win over Arkansas this season is the most since the Bears recorded 85 in the victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 22, 2012.
COBBS BECOMES NEWEST MEMBER OF CAL'S 1,000-POINT CLUB With 18 points against No. 7 Syracuse on Nov. 26, senior guard Justin Cobbs became the 43rd member of Cal’s 1,000-point club. He enters the UC Irvine game 41st in school history with 1,033 points in 74 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is two points shy of tying Monty Buckley (1,035, 1992-95) for 40th, 282 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 504 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
LEAGUE'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER CLIMBS CAL'S LIST With 368 assists in 74 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs ranks ninth on the school’s all-time chart. The Pac-12’s active assist leader owns a 5.0 apg. career average, which ranks fourth in school history. He leads Cal with 41 in seven games in 2013.
A LOOK AT UC IRVINE UC Irvine comes to Berkeley with a 5-3 overall record. The Anteaters are coming off a 79-53 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night in Sacramento. They already have a victory over a Pac-12 team this season, defeating Washington, 86-72, in Seattle on Nov. 14. UC Irvine has three post players at least seven-feet tall, with freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye standing 7-6. Ndiaye is averaging 3.6 blocks per game. Junior Will Davis II leads four Anteaters in double-figures in scoring with a 12.3 ppg. average. Phil Mathews, the father of Cal freshman Jordan Mathews, played at UC Irvine from 1970-72 and was later an assistant coach 1972-78.
THE SERIES: CAL-UC IRVINE Cal and UC Irvine have met on the hardwood seven times previously, with the Bears claiming a 5-2 lead in the series. The two teams last faced each other on Nov. 11, 2011 in Berkeley, with Cal earning a 77-56 win over the Anteaters. Four current Bears - Richard Solomon (8pts., 8 reb.), Justin Cobbs (4 pts, 4 ast.), Jeff Powers (3 pts.) and David Kravish (2 pts., 7 reb.) - have faced UC Irvine before. It was Kravish’s collegiate debut and Cobbs’ first game as a Golden Bear. Cal is a perfect 5-0 against UC Irvine at home. Their only two losses in the series came in Irvine (98-88 on Dec. 22, 1990 and 56-52 on Dec. 2, 2000).
CAL vs. the BIG WEST CONFERENCE Cal owns a 42-4 all-time record against current members of the Big West Conference. The Bears are a perfect 31-0 against UC Davis, 11-0 against Hawaii, 10-0 against UC Santa Barbara, 6-0 vs. Cal State Northridge, 3-0 vs. Long Beach State and 1-0 vs. Cal State Fullerton. Their only losses have come to Cal Poly (2-1), UC Irvine (5-2) and UC Riverside (1-1).
SEASON OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY Cal opened the season with at least five victories for the third time of its six years under head coach Mike Montgomery (2008, 2012, 2013). The Bears own a 29-8 record in the month of November in the Mike Montgomery era. The Bears had a 10-game winning streak in the month of November snapped in the 92-81 defeat to No. 7 Syracuse on Nov. 26. Cal has not lost a home game in the month of November in the Montgomery era.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME GAMES UNDER MONTGOMERY With a 4-0 record this season, the Bears are now 37-6 in non-conference home games under Mike Montgomery. 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.
KRAVISH, SOLOMON LEAD BERKELEY BLOCK PARTY Junior David Kravish and senior 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 the first player with at least six points, six rebounds and six blocks in a game when he posted seven points, eight reb. and a career-high six blocks vs. WSU last season.
Through 74 career games, Kravish has totaled 121 blocks to rank fourth and through 84 games, Solomon has posted 90 blocks to rank seventh on on Cal’s career chart.
SOLOMON RANKS AMONG NATION'S BEST REBOUNDERS Senior Richard Solomon ranks 11th nationally with an average of 11.4 rpg. He has recorded 57 rebounds in five games. The senior has posted career-best rebounding totals in three of his last six games, dating back to last season. He recorded 17 rebounds vs. Oakland three games ago. In the forward’s last six games, he has recorded 71 total rebounds to go along with 77 combined points.
BIRD OFF TO BEST START AS A GOLDEN BEAR SINCE 2006 Freshman Jabari Bird has scored in double figures in four of Cal’s seven games, including a career-best 24 vs. Oakland. Bird’s 92 points is the highest total by a freshman in his first seven games at Cal since Ryan Anderson scored 133 in his first seven contests in 2006. Bird has posted multiple three-pointers in four contests and is shooting .467 from three-point range. He played a career-long 36 min. with 17 pts. vs. Syracuse.