BERKELEY - After completing non-conference play with a 9-4 record, California begins its Pac-12 slate at Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Thursday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 with Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Jarron Collins (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KSFO 560 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 5:30 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 completed 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 at Stanford, Mike Montgomery will tie Pete Newell as the fourth-winningest coach in school history with 119 victories. Montgomery owns a 118-63 record in his sixth season with the Bears. Against Fresno State on Dec. 14, 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 666 victories in 31 seasons. He is the fourth-winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 272 career conference victories.
• Cal is 3-2 in Pac-12 openers under Montgomery. Both conference-opening losses have come on the road. The Bears dropped a 75-69 decision at UCLA last season and an 82-68 setback at Stanford on Jan. 2, 2011. This will be the third time in Montgomery’s six seasons in Berkeley the Bears and Cardinal have opened conference play against each other. Cal defeated Stanford, 92-66, at home on Jan. 2, 2010.
• Cal and Stanford have met 262 times previously on the basketball court with the Bears leading the all-time series, 145-117. Cal owns a 74-70 edge in road games against the Cardinal. Cal’s last victory over Stanford (71-61) at Maples Pavilion came on March 6, 2010.
MONTGOMERY LOOKS TO TIE NEWELL IN ALL-TIME COACHING WINS AT CAL With a 118-63 record in his sixth season at Cal, head coach Mike Montgomery is one victory shy of tying Pete Newell as the fourth-winningest coach in school history. Pete Newell, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, completed his six-year career as head coach of the Golden Bears with a 119-44 record that included the 1959 NCAA Championship, a trip to the national title game in 1960, and four-consecutive conference titles, among several other national honors. On Dec. 21, 1987, the playing surface at Harmon Gym was renamed “Pete Newell Court” in his honor and the floor at Haas Pavilion retains that name. A statue of Newell was installed in the Haas Pavilion Club Room in the fall of 2006.
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 eight of its first 13 games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 74.6 ppg. is up 7.4 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.
WALLACE OVER LAST FOUR 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 56 combined points in the Bears’ last four games against Nevada (14), Fresno State (12), Creighton (12) and Furman (18). The 56 points is the second-most on the team over the last four games, behind Justin Cobbs (59).
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY Cal has won at least nine of its first 13 games for the fourth time in Mike Montgomery’s six years with the Bears, also achieving the feat during the 2008-09 (11-2), 2009-10 (9-4) and 2011-12 (10-3) 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.
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 1,108 points in 80 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 207 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 429 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
LEAGUE'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER With 405 assists in 80 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 78 in 13 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.
Through 80 career games, Kravish has totaled 127 blocks to rank third and through 90 games, Solomon has posted 97 blocks to rank seventh on Cal’s career chart.
SOLOMON RANKS AMONG NATION'S BEST REBOUNDERS Senior Richard Solomon ranks 10th nationally with an average of 10.3 rpg. He has recorded 113 rebounds in 11 games. The senior has posted career-best rebounding totals in three of his last 12 games, dating back to last season. He recorded 17 rebounds vs. Oakland nine games ago. In the forward’s last 12 games, he has recorded 127 total rebounds to go along with 146 combined points. He has recorded double-doubles in four games this season.
KRAVISH SEEING DOUBLE Junior David Kravish has posted double-doubles in three of the last nine 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.
FRESHMEN PLAYING KEY ROLES 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 with an average of 11.3 ppg. He missed his first game of the season last time out vs. Furman with a sprained ankle and is questionable vs. Stanford. Jordan Mathews has increased his minutes in the last couple of games and has averaged 7.8 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.