BERKELEY - After dropping its first game in a month on Wednesday at USC, California looks to rebound on Sunday when the Golden Bears return south to face UCLA at 5 p.m. (PT) at Pauley Pavilion. The Bears had their six-game winning streak snapped and dropped their first Pac-12 contest of the season in Wednesday’s 77-69 setback to the Trojans in Los Angeles. They returned home to allow the student-athletes to attend classes Thursday and Friday in Berkeley before a trip back down south for Sunday evening’s contest against the Bruins.
Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein (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 4:30 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
• The Cal coaches will be participating in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend on Sunday. Each of the coaches will wear specially-designed pink and black sneakers with a silver back and white trim in support of the joint effort of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to empower basketball coaches to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
• 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.
• 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 in Cal’s last victory, vs. Washington St.
THE SERIES: Cal-UCLA
Cal and UCLA have met 234 times previously with the Bruins holding a 133-101 advantage in the all-time series. Cal has won four of the last five games in the series, dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Bears and Bruins split their two contests last season with each team winning on its home court. UCLA defeated Cal, 79-65 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Pauley Pavilion on January 3 of last season. The Bears captured a 76-63 victory over the Bruins at Haas Pavilion on Feb. 14 of last year.
Golden Bear seniors and Los Angeles natives Justin Cobbs and Richard Solomon have each played the Bruins four times in their collegiate career. Cobbs has averaged 13.8 ppg. and 7.0 apg., while Solomon has averaged 12.3 ppg. and 8.0 rpg. against UCLA.
CAL WINS FIRST FIVE PAC-12 GAMES 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 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 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 14-5 start to the year, Cal has won at least 14 of its first 19 games for the second time in the last three years and third time in the Mike Montgomery era. The Bears opened the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons 15-4.
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.
MONTGOMERY TIES CAMPANELLI AS THIRD-WINNINGEST COACH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Mike Montgomery is now tied with Lou Campanelli as the third-winningest coach in school history. He enters the UCLA game with a 123-64 record. Ben Braun, who coached 12 years at Cal from 1997-2008 is second with a record of 219-154. Nibs Price is the winningest coach in Cal history with a record of 449-294 in 30 years from 1925-54.
COBBS CLIMBS BEARS' ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 291 points already this season, senior Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the UCLA game 22nd in school history with 1,215 points in 86 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 100 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 322 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
LEAGUE'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER
With 449 assists in 86 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs ranks fifth on the school’s all-time chart. The Pac-12’s active assist leader owns a 5.2 apg. career average, which ranks third in school history. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and 12th nationally with a 6.4 apg. average this season.
SOLOMON ONE OF ONLY TW PLAYERS IN BCS CONFERENCES TO AVERAGE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Richard Solomon is one of only two individuals who play for a school in one of the six BCS Conferences that is currently averaging a double-double this season. At 11.9 ppg. and 10.4 rpg., he is joined by Kentucky’s Julius Randle (16.7 ppg., 10.6 rpg.).
He is one of only 11 individuals in all of Division I to enter the week averaging a double-double this season.
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has recorded six double-doubles in 17 games as a senior, including four in the last nine contests. The forward nearly missed his seventh double-double of the season last time out with nine points and 13 rebounds at USC.
The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 11th nationally. He has recorded 177 rebounds in 17 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 18 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 191 rebounds along with 225 combined points.
A LOOK AT UCLA
UCLA enters Sunday’s game with a 15-4 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in league action. The Bruins are coming off a 91-74 victory over Stanford at home on Thursday and have won six of their last eight overall. Their two losses in conference play have come against No. 1 Arizona (79-75) at home and Utah (74-69) on the road.
UCLA sits right behind second-place Cal in the Pac-12 standings.
As a team, UCLA ranks second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally in scoring, averaging 84.7 ppg. The Bruins also lead the conference in assists (17.8 apg.) and steals (10.9 spg.).
Sophomore guard Jordan Adams leads four Bruins averaging double figures in scoring at 17.5 ppg. Fellow sophomore guard Kyle Anderson is contributing 15.4 ppg. Anderson leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth nationally in assists at 6.7 apg. through Thursday’s action. Anderson also leads the Bruins on the boards, averaging 8.8 rpg.
Freshman guard Zach LaVine is averaging 12.4 ppg. and junior guard Norman Powell is averaging 10.8 ppg.