CORVALLIS, Ore. - Coming off a 96-83 victory at No. 13/17 Oregon on Thursday in Eugene, Ore., California looks to open its Pac-12 slate 3-0 for the first time since 2009 when the Golden Bears face Oregon State at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT). Cal will also try to extend its overall winning streak to four games after defeating Stanford and Furman prior to its win against the Ducks.
Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Jon Crispin (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 4:30 p.m. (PT) with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Todd McKim (analyst). Fans can listen to the game for free through the TuneIn app located on CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• With the win at No. 13/17 Oregon, Mike Montgomery moved ahead of Pete Newell to become the fourth-winningest coach in school history with 120 victories. Montgomery owns a 120-63 record in his sixth season with the Bears. Earlier this season, Montgomery moved past former UCLA head coach John Wooden and into sole possession of 28th on the NCAA’s all-time wins list for Division I men’s basketball coaches. With a win at Oregon State, he will tie former Maryland head coach Gary Williams (1990-2011) for 27th 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 274 career conference victories., just two shy of tying former Oregon State coach Slats Gill (276 from 1929-1964) for third.
• Cal now owns a 4-4 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 split their two games against nationally-ranked teams this season, defeating No. 13 Oregon, 96-63, and 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 and Oregon State have met 141 times previously with the Bears holding an 80-61 advantage in the all-time series. Cal has captured the last three games in the series and owns a 41-33 edge in games in Corvallis, including a 60-59 win at Gill Coliseum last season.
• Cal has opened the Pac-12 slate 2-0 in three of Mike Montgomery’s six years in Berkeley, also achieving the feat in the 2008-09 and 2011-12 season. The Bears began the 2008-09 conference season 4-0 with home wins vs. Arizona and No. 14 Arizona State and road wins at Washington State and Washington.
MONTGOMERY PASSES NEWELL IN ALL-TIME WINS AT CAL With a 120-63 record in his sixth season at Cal, head coach Mike Montgomery has now moved ahead of 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 nine of its first 15 games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 75.7 ppg. is up 8.5 ppg. from last season’s 67.2 ppg. Cal’s season-high 96 points at Oregon last time out 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.
MATHEWS' CAREER NIGHT ONE OF BEST FOR A FRESHMAN IN PAC-12 HISTORY Freshman Jordan Mathews’ career-high 32 points at Oregon on Thursday is tied for the third-most points by a freshman in a Pac-12 road game in conference history with fellow Golden Bear Shareef Abdur-Rahim (32 at Washington State, Jan. 25, 1996) and ASU’s Jahii Carson (32 at Washington, Feb. 2, 2013). Only USC’s O.J. Mayo (37 at ASU, Mar. 1, 2008 and 34 at Cal, Jan. 3, 2008) and Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson (34 at ASU, Mar. 5, 2011) had more points as a freshman in a league road contest.
Mathews became the first Cal freshman to score at least 30 points in a game since Allen Crabbe posted 30 vs. Washington State on Jan. 13, 2011. His point total was the most by a Golden Bear freshman since Amit Tamir posted a school freshman record 39 points against Oregon in a double overtime win on Feb. 9, 2002
COBBS MOVES UP CAL'S ALL-TIME SCORING CHART With 222 points already this season, senior Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the Oregon State game 29th in school history with 1,146 points in 82 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 169 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 391 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
LEAGUE'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER CLIMBS CAL'S LIST With 421 assists in 82 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs ranks sixth 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 94 in 15 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 82 career games, Kravish has totaled 130 blocks to rank third and through 92 games, Solomon has posted 99 blocks to rank sixth on Cal’s career chart.
SOLOMON AVERAGING DOUBLE-DOUBLE After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, senior Richard Solomon has recorded five double-doubles in 13 games as a senior, including three in the last five contests. He recorded a 14-point, 13-rebound game at Stanford two games ago. Against Furman three games ago, he posted 10 points and 12 rebounds and vs. Fresno State five 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.
Solomon ranks 12th nationally with an average of 10.4 rpg. He has recorded 135 rebounds in 13 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 14 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 149 rebounds along with 176 combined points.
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 11.7 ppg. average this season is up 4.3 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.
WALLACE IS BEARS' SECOND-LEADING SCORER OVER LAST SIX GAMES After scoring 31 points in a five-game stretch from Nov. 25 - Dec. 6, sophomore Tyrone Wallace has increased his offensive production with 90 combined points in the Bears’ last six games against Nevada (14), Fresno State (12), Creighton (12), Furman (18), Stanford (20) and Oregon (14). The 90 points is the second-most on the team over the last six games.
FRESHMEN PLAYING KEY ROLES All five freshmen have seen action this season. Jabari Bird, who has missed the last three games with a sprained ankle, is fifth on the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg. Jordan Mathews, who had a career-best 32 pts. at Oregon, has increased his minutes and has averaged 9.0 ppg. Kameron Rooks and Sam Singer have played in 13 contests and Roger Moute a Bidias has seen action in nine games.
A LOOK AT OREGON STATE Oregon State comes into Saturday’s game with a 9-6 overall record. The Beavers notched their first Pac-12 win of the season last time out with an 81-72 triumph at home against Stanford on Thursday night.
The Bears and Beavers have two common opponents so far this season in Stanford (Cal defeated the Cardinal, 69-62) and Coppin State. Cal and Oregon State each opened its season against Coppin State with the Bears posting an 83-64 victory at home and the Beavers dropping a 78-73 decision in Corvallis.
As a team, Oregon State ranks third in the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage at .497.
Senior guard Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 21.1 ppg. Senior forward Devon Collier is contributing 15.5 ppg. and Angus Brandt is averaging 11.5 ppg. Collier ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage at .626. and fifth in blocks at 1.5 bpg.
Junior forward Eric Moreland (7.7 ppg. 8.7 rpg.) has played in the last three games for the Beavers after serving a suspension for the first 12 contests.