BERKELEY - After dropping its first two Pac-12 games of the season last week, California returns home to begin a three-game homestand on Wednesday as Arizona State comes to Berkeley for an 8:05 p.m. (PT) tip-off. The Golden Bears will continue their homestand with No. 1 Arizona on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and Stanford Wednesday (Feb. 5) at 6 p.m. (PT). The ASU game marks Cal’s fourth home game in the last 46 days. The Bears played at home on Dec. 14 vs. Fresno St., Dec. 28 vs. Furman, Jan. 15 vs. Washington and Jan. 18 vs. Washington St. They have played six away contests during that span.
The first 1,000 fans to arrive at Haas Pavilion for Wednesday's game will receive a photo of Richard Solomon. You can purchase tickets to the game by clicking here.
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 has four players averaging double figures in the scoring column, with senior guard Justin Cobbs leading the way at 15.3 ppg. Senior forward Richard Solomon is contributing 11.8 ppg., junior forward David Kravish is averaging 11.4 ppg. and sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace is averaging 11.2 ppg.
• Justin Cobbs, a pre-season candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, is averaging 6.2 apg. this season, which ranks 12th nationally. He has posted at least five assists per game in 50 out of 87 career games.
• At 11.8 ppg. and 10.6 rpg.,Richard Solomon is one of only two individuals (Kentucky’s Julius Randle is the other) playing for a team in one of the six BCS conferences to average a double-double.
• Cal’s four returning starters (Justin Cobbs, Richard Solomon, David Kravish and Tyrone Wallace) are contributing 63.9 percent (967-of-1514) of the Bears’ points this season.
• 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-ASU
Cal holds a 37-36 edge in the all-time series with Arizona State. The Golden Bears are 22-13 against the Sun Devils at home. Cal has won five of its last six against ASU after having its five-game winning streak against the Sun Devils snapped last season in a 66-62 defeat in Tempe.
The Bears have won their last four home games against the Sun Devils. ASU’s last win in Berkeley came on Jan. 18, 2008 when the No. 22 Sun Devils, led by 27 points from James Harden, 26 from Jeff Pendergraph and 25 from Ty Abbott, posted a 99-90 overtime victory over the Bears. Cal’s Ryan Anderson recorded 32 points in the losing effort for the Bears.
PERFECT AT HOME IN 2013-14
The Bears are perfect at home this season with a 10-0 record at Haas Pavilion. Cal’s last defeat on its home court came to Stanford on March 6, 2013.
It’s the longest home winning streak for the Bears since they opened the 2011-12 season with wins in their first 14 games. Cal finished the 2011-12 season 17-1 at Haas Pavilion.
Cal is 43-6 in non-conference home games under Mike Montgomery. The UNLV loss on Dec. 9, 2012 was the first non-conference home setback since dropping a 78-63 game to No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 22, 2010.
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 20 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 was the most since 105 vs. Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011.
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS UNDER MONTGOMERY
With a 14-6 start to the year, Cal has won at least 14 of its first 20 games for the second time in the last three years and fourth time in the Mike Montgomery era. The Bears opened the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons 16-4 and the 2009-10 season 14-6.
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.
COBBS CLIMBS BEARS' ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 305 points already this season, senior Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the Arizona State game 22nd in school history with 1,229 points in 87 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 86 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 308 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
MONTGOMERY TIED WITH CAMPANELLI AS THIRD-WINNINGEST COACH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Mike Montgomery is tied with Lou Campanelli as the third-winningest coach in school history. He enters the ASU game with a 123-65 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.
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 currently averaging a double-double this season. At 11.8 ppg. and 10.6 rpg., he is joined by Kentucky’s Julius Randle (16.6 ppg., 10.5 rpg.).
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has recorded six double-doubles in 18 games as a senior.
The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 11th nationally. He has recorded 191 rebounds in 18 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 19 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 205 rebounds along with 234 combined points.
FRESHMEN PLAYING KEY ROLES
All five freshmen have seen action this season. Jabari Bird, who missed four games from Dec. 28 - Jan. 11 with a sprained ankle, is fifth on the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg. Jordan Mathews, who had a career-best 32 pts. at Oregon, ranks sixth on the roster with an average of 9.3 ppg. Kameron Rooks and Sam Singer have played in 18 contests and Roger Moute a Bidias has seen action in 11 games.
BIRD BACK IN ACTION
After missing four games with a sprained right ankle suffered at Creighton Dec. 22, freshman guard Jabari Bird returned to action vs. Washington on Jan. 15. In his four games back, Bird has totaled 18 points, eight assists and three rebounds in 58 total minutes of action. Bird, a McDonald’s All-American out of Salesian High School in California last season, ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg. He started nine of the first 12 games of the season prior to the injury.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State enters Wednesday’s game 15-5 overall with a 4-3 record in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils have won each of their last two games, a 79-75 victory over Utah last Thursday and a 72-51 win over Colorado this past Saturday at home.
Sophomore guard Jahii Carson leads three Sun Devils in double figures in the scoring column at 18.4 ppg. He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring. Senior guard Jermaine Marshall is contributing 14.6 ppg. and senior center Jordan Bachynski is averaging 12.0 ppg.
Bachynski is the nation’s leading shot blocker with an average of 4.4 bpg. The center also leads the Sun Devils and is tied for second in the Pac-12 in rebounding behind Richard Solomon with an average of 9.1 rpg. Bachynski ranks sixth in the league in field goal percentage at .591.
Carson is averaging 4.6 assists per contest, which ranks sixth in the conference.
Herb Sendek is in his sixth season as the head coach at ASU.