BERKELEY - California closes out the calendar year with its final non-conference game of the regular season as the Golden Bears host Furman on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3:06 (PT) at Haas Pavilion.
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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
• Cal is looking to complete the non-conference portion of its regular-season schedule with at least nine wins for the third time in six years under Mike Montgomery, also achieving the feat during the 2008-09 (11-2) and 2011-12 (10-3) seasons.
• With a win against Fresno State on Dec. 14, Mike Montgomery moved past former UCLA head coach John Wooden and into sole possession 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 665 victories in 31 seasons. With 117 victories in his sixth season at Cal, Montgomery is two 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.
• 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 32nd all-time with 1,090 points in 79 career games at Cal. Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader, ranks seventh in school history with 401 career assists.
• Junior David Kravish has posted double-doubles in three of the last eight 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 14th nationally in rebounding at 10.1 rpg. through Dec. 25. The forward has posted double-doubles in three games, with 16 rebounds vs. Denver and a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Oakland. He missed two games (Syracuse, Dayton) with an eye injury.
WALLACE OVER THE LAST THREE GAMES
After scoring just 31 combined points in a five-game stretch from Nov. 25 - Dec. 6, sophomore Tyrone Wallace has increased his offensive production with 38 combined points in the Bears’ last three games against Nevada (14 pts.), Fresno State (12 pts.) and Creighton (12 pts.). The 38 points is the second-most on the team over the last three games, behind Justin Cobbs (41).
KREKLOW OUT WITH BROKEN HAND
Redshirt junior guard Ricky Kreklow, who had started five of Cal’s first 11 games will miss approximately three-to-five more weeks after suffering a broken right hand during practice on Dec. 18. The Creighton game on Dec. 22 was the first contest the guard missed this season. Kreklow was averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per game. He had recorded the second-most three-pointers on the team with 14 in the Bears’ first 11 games.
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 12 games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 73.3 ppg. is up 6.1 ppg. from last season’s 67.2 ppg. Cal’s season-high 92 points vs. Nevada is the most since 105 vs. Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011.
SEASON OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY
Cal has won at least eight of its first 12 games for the fifth time in Mike Montgomery’s six years with the Bears, also achieving the feat during the 2008-09 (10-2), 2009-10 (8-4), 2011-12 (10-2) and 2012-13 (8-4) 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 7-0 home record this season, the Bears are 42-6 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 CLIMBS BEARS' ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
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 Furman game 32nd in school history with 1,090 points in 79 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 225 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 447 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
LEAGUE'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER
With 401 assists in 79 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs ranks seventh 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 73 in 12 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 79 career games, Kravish has totaled 127 blocks to rank third and through 89 games, Solomon has posted 94 blocks to rank seventh on Cal’s career chart.
SOLOMON RANKS AMONG NATION'S BEST REBOUNDERS
Senior Richard Solomon ranks 14th nationally with an average of 10.1 rpg. He has recorded 101 rebounds in 10 games. The senior has posted career-best rebounding totals in three of his last 11 games, dating back to last season. He recorded 17 rebounds vs. Oakland eight games ago. In the forward’s last 11 games, he has recorded 115 total rebounds to go along with 136 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 fourth on the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg., while Jordan Mathews has increased his minutes in the last couple of games and has averaged 7.6 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 four contests. In all, the freshmen have accounted for 30 percent (60 out of 880) of Cal’s points this season.
A LOOK AT FURMAN
Furman enters Saturday’s contest with a record of 5-6 overall. The Paladins are coming off an 86-83 victory over Liberty on Dec. 20. Furman has already played two schools from FBS conferences this season in Virginia Tech (L, 75-54) and Clemson (L, 71-35). Sophomore guard Stephen Coone leads three Paladins in double figures in the scoring column with an average of 21.2 ppg. Fellow sophomore guard Larry Wideman owns an average of 12.0 ppg. and freshman guard William Gates is contributing 10.6 ppg. Niko Medved is in his first season as head coach of the Paladins after serving the past three years as an assistant coach at Colorado State.
THE SERIES: CAL-FURMAN
Cal and Furman have met once previously, with the Bears recording an 84-50 victory over the Paladins on Dec. 19, 2006 in Berkeley, Calif.
CAL VS. THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
Prior to Saturday’s game, Cal has played just one other team currently in the Southern Conference. The Golden Bears defeated Davidson, 95-87, on Jan. 2, 2000.