BERKELEY - Winners of six-straight and one of only two undefeated teams in Pac-12 play, California travels to Los Angeles for a Wednesday contest against USC at 8 p.m. (PT) at the Galen Center. The Golden Bears are looking for their first 6-0 start in the conference since 2003 when they opened 7-0 in the league.
Cal’s six-game winning streak is its longest of the season and the most consecutive victories since posting seven-straight wins against No. 7 Arizona, UCLA, USC, No. 23 Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and Colorado from Feb. 10 to March 2 last season.
Wednesday’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 7:30 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
• Cal is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll released on Monday. The Golden Bears are receiving 23 votes in the coaches poll, the second-most of a team outside the top-25. In the AP national poll, Cal is receiving 44 votes, the fourth-most of a team outside of the top-25. In last week’s rankings, the Bears received 10 votes in the AP poll and nine in the coaches poll.
• With the win vs. Washington State, Mike Montgomery moved ahead of Oregon State coach Slats Gill and into sole possession as the third-winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 277 league wins. • Cal and USC have met 261 times previously with the Bears holding a 131-130 edge in the all-time series. Cal has captured the last four games in the series overall and has won the last three contests at the Galen Center. Last season, Cal defeated USC, 72-64, in Los Angeles on Jan. 5, 2013.
CAL OPENS PAC-12 PLAYE 5-0 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003 With the victories over Washington State and Washington State last week, coupled with earlier wins at Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State, Cal has won its first five Pac-12 games for the first time since 2003. Cal opened the 2003 Pac-10 conference slate 7-0, defeating Stanford (72-59), No. 12 Oregon (88-72), Oregon St. (78-73), Washington (73-66), Washington St.(76-63), No. 25 USC (73-68) and No. 25 UCLA (80-69).
The Bears have won their first three conference road games for the first time since 1957. That year, Cal defeated Washington State on the road on consecutive days (66-58, 61-51) and won at No. 19 Stanford (67-64) in its first three road contests in the Pacific Coast Conference.
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY With a 14-4 start to the year, Cal has won at least 14 of its first 18 games for the second time in the last three years and third time in the Mike Montgomery era. The Bears opened the 2008-09 season 15-3 and the 2011-12 campaign 14-4.
Cal completed the non-conference portion of its regular-season schedule with at least nine wins for the third time in six years under 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.
BEARS IN RARE COMPANY WITH FIVE-ACTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORERS ON ROSTER Cal is one of only three teams in the nation who play in the six BCS conferences with five active players averaging double-figures in scoring that have played in the majority of their team’s games this season.
Seniors Justin Cobbs (14.9 ppg.) and Richard Solomon (12.1 ppg.) lead the way. Junior David Kravish (11.7 ppg.) and sophomore Tyrone Wallace (12.0 ppg.) give Cal four members of its starting lineup averaging double figures. Freshman guard Jabari Bird is averaging 10.1 ppg.
The other two teams from BCS Conferences with five players averaging double-figures that have played in the majority of their team’s games are Florida and Oklahoma.
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 12 of its first 18 games this season. The Bears’ scoring average of 76.7 ppg. is up 9.5 ppg. from last season’s 67.2 ppg. Cal’s season-high 96 points at Oregon was the most since 105 vs. Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011.
SOLOMON ONE OF TWO PLAYERS TO AVERAGE DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN BCS CONFERENCES Senior Richard Solomon is one of only two individuals who play for a school in one of the six BCS Conferences that is averaging a double-double this season. At 12.1 ppg. and 10.3 rpg., he is joined by Kentucky’s Julius Randle (16.9 ppg., 10.5 rpg.).
He is one of only 11 individuals in all of Division I to average a double-double this season.
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has recorded six double-doubles in 16 games as a senior, including four in the last eight contests. The forward nearly missed his seventh double-double of the season last time out with 12 points and nine rebounds vs. Washington State.
The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 12th nationally. He has recorded 164 rebounds in 16 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 17 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 178 rebounds along with 216 combined points.
A LOOK AT USC USC has split its first 18 games this season. The Trojans are in search of their first Pac-12 victory with an 0-5 start to league play so far. USC, which has dropped five-straight, is coming off an 83-62 defeat at Colorado this past Saturday.
Cal and USC don’t have any common opponents so far this season.
The Trojans are third in the Pac-12 in rebounding, averaging 38.5 boards per contest.
Junior guard Byron Wesley leads USC offensively at 16.5 ppg. He ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring. Senior guard J.T. Terrell is contributing 10.4 ppg. while only playing in 10 of the Trojans’ 18 games this season.
Wesley is averaging a team-best 7.4 rebounds-per-game, which is tied for 11th-most in the conference.
Freshman guard Julian Jacobs leads USC in assists at 4.2 apg., good enough for seventh-best in the league.
Andy Enfield is in his first season as the head coach of USC.