Cal hosts Nevada on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion.
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Bears Tangle With Wolf Pack Tuesday In Berkeley

Cal and Nevada meet at 8 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion.
By Cal Athletics on Mon, December 09, 2013

BERKELEY - California returns home where it will play three of its next four games at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, beginning with a Tuesday contest against Nevada out of the Mountain West Conference. The Bears and the Wolf Pack will tip-off at 8:06 p.m. (PT). For tickets to Tuesday's contest, click here.

Tuesday’s game 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 7:30 p.m. (PT) with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and Jay John (analyst). Fans can listen to the game for free through the TuneIn app located on


• With a win against Nevada, Mike Montgomery will tie former UCLA head coach John Wooden for 27th on the NCAA’s all-time wins list for Division I men’s basketball coaches. Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I men’s basketball coach with 663 victories in 31 seasons. With 115 victories in his sixth season at Cal, Montgomery is four wins shy of tying Pete Newell as the fourth-winningest coach in school history. Montgomery is the fourth-winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 272 career conference victories.

• Cal won six of its first eight games for the fourth time in head coach Mike Montgomery’s six years with the Bears, also achieving the feat during the 2008-09, 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

• 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 37th all-time with 1,049 points in 76 career games at Cal. Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader, ranks ninth in school history with 385 career assists.

• Junior forward David Kravish has posted double-doubles in three of the last five games vs. Arkansas (19 pts., 15 reb.), Dayton (12 pts., 14 reb.) and UC Irvine (19 pts., 10 reb.). He entered the season with three career double-doubles. The 19 points vs. Arkansas and UC Irvine were a career-high.

• Senior Richard Solomon ranks ninth in the nation in rebounding at 10.9 rpg. through Dec. 8. The forward has posted double-doubles in two games this season, with 16 rebounds vs. Denver and a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Oakland. He missed two games (Syracuse, Dayton) with an eye injury.

After scoring 73 points or more nine times out of 33 games last season, Cal has already topped the threshold in six of its first nine games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 74.1 ppg. is up 6.9 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.

With a 5-0 home record this season, the Bears are 40-6 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.

With 18 points vs. Syracuse on Nov. 26, senior Justin Cobbs became the 43rd member of Cal’s 1,000-point club. He enters the Nevada game 37th in school history with 1,049 points in 76 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 266 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 488 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).

Nevada enters Tuesday’s game 4-5 overall, coming off an 87-81 victory at UC Davis on Saturday night. The Wolf Pack are wrapping up a four-game road trip. They are 3-3 away from Reno so far this season. Nevada has played one other Pac-12 team already this season in UCLA, falling to the Bruins, 105-84, on Nov. 28 in Las Vegas, Nev. Senior guard Deonte Burton is averaging a team-best 22.9 ppg., which ranks 11th nationally in scoring through Dec. 8’s games. Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. leads Nevada on the boards at 6.1 rpg. David Carter is in his 15th season with the Nevada program and his fifth as head coach for the Wolf Pack.

Cal and Nevada have met 28 times previously with the Bears holding a 20-8 advantage in the all-time series. The two schools last met on Dec. 20, 2008 in Mike Montgomery’s 10th game as head coach of the Golden Bears. Cal posted a 75-66 victory over the Wolf Pack at Haas Pavilion.

Cal owns a 64-34 all-time record against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Bears, who last played a Mountain West Conference foe last season when they beat UNLV in the NCAA Tournament, will face back-to-back teams from the league with Fresno State coming to Berkeley on Saturday. Cal has played Nevada the most with a 20-8 all-time record vs. the Wolf Pack. The Bears have faced San Jose State 22 times previously with a 19-3 mark, along with games against Air Force (4-3), Fresno State (3-2), New Mexico (5-2), Wyoming (3-2), Colorado State (1-0), San Diego State (4-5), Utah State (3-4) and UNLV (2-5).


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