BERKELEY - California will host its first weekend game of the season when the Golden Bears welcome Fresno State to Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Bears and the Bulldogs will tip-off at 3:06 p.m. (PT).
Come early to campus this Saturday and enjoy the great selection of pre-game activities scheduled. The athletic department is sponsoring several activities on Spieker Plaza just outside of the arena. The famous food trucks will be on hand along with a beer garden right outside the arena beginning at 1:30 p.m. (PT).
For students, the athletic department is offering specially-discounted $4 tickets as a study break during the final exam period. Free Cal sweatbands will be handed out at gate five of Haas Pavilion to the first 500 students coming to the game. Peet's Coffee & Tea and San Francisco Soup Company will also be stationed inside Haas Pavilion at gate five offering complimentary items prior to the game.
Saturday’s pre-game activities also include Kids’ Day with several interactive games for children on Spieker Plaza.
Saturday’s game will be televised 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 the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 2:30 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 CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• With a win against Fresno State, Mike Montgomery will move past former UCLA head coach John Wooden and into sole possesion of 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 664 victories in 31 seasons. With 116 victories in his sixth season at Cal, Montgomery is three 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 has won at least seven of its first 10 games for the fourth time in Mike Montgomery’s six years with the Bears, also achieving the feat during the 2008-09 (8-2), 2011-12 (8-2) and 2012-13 (7-3) 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 35th all-time with 1,064 points in 77 career games at Cal. Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader, ranks ninth in school history with 393 career assists.
• Junior forward David Kravish has posted double-doubles in three of the last six 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 22nd nationally in rebounding at 10.1 rpg. through Dec. 13. The forward has posted double-doubles in two games, with 16 rebounds vs. Denver and a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Oakland. He missed two games (Syracuse, Dayton) with an eye injury.
offensive production up from last season After scoring 73 points or more nine times out of 33 games last season, Cal has already topped the threshold in seven of its first 10 games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 75.9 ppg. is up 8.7 ppg. from last season’s 67.2 ppg. Cal’s season-high 92 points in the win over Nevada is the most since the Bears recorded 105 against Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011.
A LOOK AT FRESNO STATE Fresno State enters Saturday’s game with a 6-4 overall record, coming off a 90-77 loss at Utah on Dec. 7. Sophomore guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs at 18.4 ppg. Sophomore guard Cezar Guerrero is averaging 14.8 points and 4.7 assists per contest. Head Coach Rodney Terry is in his third season at Fresno State. The teams have one common opponent so far in UC Irvine. Cal defeated the Anteaters, 73-56, at home and the Bulldogs downed UCI, 98-97 in overtime, on the road.
THE SERIES: CAL-FRESNO STATE Cal and Fresno State have met five times previously with the Bears holding a 3-2 edge in the all-time series. The two schools last met on Dec. 11, 2001, a 97-75 victory for Cal in Berkeley. Cal and Fresno State have been matched up twice during postseason play, with the Bears defeating the Bulldogs, 79-71 in the National Invitation Tournament on March 10, 1999 in Oakland and FSU recording an 82-70 win over Cal in the NCAA Tournament on March 16, 2001 in Memphis, Tenn.
CAL VS. THE MOUNTAIN WEST Cal owns a 65-34 all-time record against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Bears are playing a Mount West Conference team for the second-straight game after defeating Nevada on Tuesday night. Cal has played Nevada the most with a 21-8 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).
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY Cal has won at least seven of its first 10 games for the fourth time in Mike Montgomery’s six years with the Bears, also achieving the feat during the 2008-09 (8-2), 2011-12 (8-2) and 2012-13 (7-3) seasons. After completing the November slate, 5-2, the Bears own a 29-8 record in the month in the Mike Montgomery era. The Bears had a 10-game November winning streak 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 6-0 home record this season, the Bears are 41-6 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.
COBBS ENTERS 1,000-POINT CLUB 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 Fresno State game 35th in school history with 1,064 points in 77 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 251 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 473 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
PAC-12's ACTIVE CAREER ASSIST LEADER CLIMBS CAL'S LIST With 393 assists in 77 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs ranks eighth on the school’s all-time chart. The Pac-12’s active assist leader owns a 5.1 apg. career average, which ranks fourth in school history. He leads Cal with 65 in 10 games in 2013.
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 77 career games, Kravish has totaled 124 blocks to rank third and through 87 games, Solomon has posted 91 blocks to rank seventh on Cal’s career chart.
SOLOMON RANKS AMONG NATION'S BEST REBOUNDERS Senior Richard Solomon ranks 22nd nationally with an average of 10.9 rpg. He has recorded 81 rebounds in eight games. The senior has posted career-best rebounding totals in three of his last nine games, dating back to last season. He recorded 17 rebounds vs. Oakland six games ago. In the forward’s last nine games, he has recorded 95 total rebounds to go along with 113 combined points.
FRESHMEN PLAYING KEY ROLES EARLY ON All five members of Cal’s freshman class have seen action this season. Jabari Bird is one the Bears’ top guards where he is third on the team in scoring at 12.6 ppg., while Jordan Mathews moved into a starting role last game and has averaged 8.3 ppg. Mathews had a career-best 22 points at UCSB. Kameron Rooks has appeared in all but one game, Sam Singer has missed two games and Roger Moute a Bidias has missed three contests. In all, the freshmen have accounted for 31.6 percent (240 out of 759) of Cal’s points this season.