BERKELEY - After opening its Pac-12 slate with a victory at Stanford last week, California continues its conference-opening three-game road swing in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday. The Golden Bears will face No. 13/17 Oregon at 8 p.m. (PT) on Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Thursday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 with Rob Stone (play-by-play) and Corey Williams (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 CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• With the win at Stanford last time out, Mike Montgomery tied Pete Newell as the fourth-winningest coach in school history with 119 victories. Montgomery owns a 119-63 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. With a win at Oregon, he will tie former Maryland head coach Gary Williams (1990-2011) for 26th on the all-time wins list with 668 victories. Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I men’s basketball coach with 667 victories in his 32nd season.
• Montgomery is the fourth-winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 273 career conference victories., just three shy of tying former Oregon State coach Slats Gill (276 from 1929-1964) for third.
• Cal owns a 3-4 record against teams in the top-25 national poll dating back to the start of last season. The Bears, who have won two of their last three games against teams in the top-10 nationally, have faced one natioally-ranked opponent already this season, dropping a 92-81 decision to No. 7 Syracuse in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Nov. 26. Last season, Cal posted a 77-69 win at No. 7 Arizona on Feb. 10, a 58-54 win at home against No. 10 Oregon on Feb. 2 and a 48-46 road win vs. No. 23 Oregon on Feb. 21.
• Cal enters Thursday’s game at Oregon with an 11-game winning streak against the Ducks, including five-straight wins in Eugene, Ore. The Bears own an 80-55 advantage in the all-time series. Mike Montgomery has won his last 14 games against Oregon, dating back to his tenure at Stanford.
• The Bears have opened their Pac-12 slate with victories in four of their six seasons under Montgomery.
MONTGOMERY MATCHES NEWELL IN ALL-TIME VICTORIES AT CAL With a 119-63 record in his sixth season at Cal, head coach Mike Montgomery is tied with 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 in 33 games last season, Cal has already topped the threshold in eight of its first 14 games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 74.2 ppg. is up 7.0 ppg. from last season’s 67.2 ppg. Cal’s season-high 92 points vs. Nevada this season was the most since 105 vs. Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011.
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY 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. 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.
WALLACE IS BEARS' SECOND-LEADING SCORER OVER LAST FIVE GAMES After scoring 31 points in a five-game stretch from Nov. 25 - Dec. 6, sophomore Tyrone Wallace has increased his offensive production with 76 combined points in the Bears’ last five games against Nevada (14), Fresno State (12), Creighton (12), Furman (18) and Stanford (20). The 76 points is the second-most on the team over the last five games, behind Justin Cobbs (77).
COBBS CLIMBS CAL'S 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 Oregon game 31st in school history with 1,126 points in 81 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 189 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 411 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
LEAGUE'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER With 410 assists in 81 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 83 in 14 games in 2013.
KRAVISH & SOLOMON LEAD BERKELEY BLOCK PARTY Junior David Kravish and senior Richard Solomon combined to lead Cal to a school single-season record 161 blocks in 33 games last season. Kravish broke the single-season school block mark with 63.
Through 81 career games, Kravish has totaled 127 blocks to rank third and through 91 games, Solomon has posted 98 blocks to tie for sixth on Cal’s career chart.
SOLOMON AMONG NATION'S BEST REBOUNDERS Senior Richard Solomon ranks 13th nationally with an average of 10.5 rpg. He has recorded 126 rebounds in 12 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland 10 games ago. In the forward’s last 13 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 140 rebounds along with 160 combined points.
SOLOMON SEEING DOUBLE After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, senior Richard Solomon has recorded five double-doubles in 12 games as a senior, including three in the last four contests. He is coming off a 14-point, 13-rebound game at Stanford. Against Furman two games ago, Solomon posted 10 points and 12 rebounds and vs. Fresno State four games ago, he totaled 17 points and 14 rebounds. The forward also recorded 11 points and a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland and 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Coppin State.
KRAVISH CONTINUES TO INCREASE PRODUCTION Junior David Kravish, who entered the year with three career double-doubles, already has three this season (vs. Arkansas (19 pts., 15 reb.), Dayton (12 pts., 14 reb.) and UC Irvine (19 pts., 10 reb.)). His 11.6 ppg. average this season is up 4.2 ppg. from last season’s average of 7.4 ppg. and his 7.8 rpg. average is up 1.5 rpg. from his average of 6.3 rpg. as a sophomore. The 19 pts. vs. Arkansas and UC Irvine were a career-high.
FRESHMAN PLAYING KEY ROLES All five freshmen have seen action this season. Jabari Bird, who has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, is fourth on the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg. Jordan Mathews, who had a career-best 22 pts. at UCSB, has increased his minutes and has averaged 7.4 ppg. Kameron Rooks has appeared in all but one game, Sam Singer has played in 12 contests and Roger Moute a Bidias has seen action in nine games.
A LOOK AT OREGON Oregon, ranked No. 13/17 nationally, enters Thursday’s game with a 13-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Pac-12 play. The Ducks dropped their first game of the season last time out in a 100-91 loss at Colorado this past Sunday. Oregon posted a 70-68 overtime win at Utah to open the conference slate last week. The Bears and Ducks have one common opponent so far in UC Irvine. Cal defeated the Anteaters, 73-56, on Dec. 2, while Oregon posted a 91-63 win over UCI on Dec. 17.
Oregon enters the week leading the nation in scoring with an average of 89.4 points per game. The Ducks also lead the Pac-12 in three-point field percentage (.414) and rank second in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (7.9), steals per game (8.5), and free throw percentage (.761).
Junior guard Joseph Young, who transferred from Houston where he played last season, leads the Ducks in scoring with an average of 19.1 ppg. Fellow transfer Mike Moser (who Cal faced twice last season when he played for UNLV) is contributing 13.9 ppg.