BERKELEY - Following a rare weekend off, California returns to action Wednesday as the Golden Bears head to the Evergreen state for the first time in more than two years when they travel to Pullman, Wash. for a meeting with Washington State. Cal and WSU will tip-off at 8:05 p.m. (PT) at Beasley Coliseum.
Cal enters the week 15-8 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-12, tied with Stanford for fifth place in the league with eight games remaining. The Bears have won their last two meetings with Washington State, posting a 76-55 win at home earlier this season and a 67-54 win in Berkeley last season. Their last defeat to WSU (77-75) came in their last trip to Pullman on Jan. 21, 2012.
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 also listen to the game through the TuneIn button on CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• Cal’s four returning starters (Justin Cobbs (16.0 ppg.), Tyrone Wallace (12.0 ppg.), David Kravish (11.7 ppg.) and Richard Solomon (11.3 ppg.)) are contributing 66.8 percent (1151-of-1721) of the Bears’ points this season.
• Justin Cobbs is the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 464 in his third season at Cal after transferring from Minnesota. He ranks fifth in school history in career assists, just 30 behind Jason Kidd (494 assists from 1992-94). Cobbs ranks 18th nationally in assists at 6.0 apg.
• At 11.3 ppg. and 10.5 rpg., Richard Solomon is one of three individuals (Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes are the others) playing in the BCS conferences to average a double-double. He has led the Pac-12 in rebounding all season and is the leading rebounder among individuals in the BCS Conferences. Solomon ranks 11th in the nation in rebounding.
• Cal owns a 75-47 all-time record against Washington State, including victories in seven of its last nine games against the Cougars.
SOLOMON ONE OF THREE PLAYERS TO AVERAGE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN BCS CONFERENCES Senior Richard Solomon is one of three individuals who play for a school in the six BCS Conferences that is averaging a double-double this season. At 11.3 ppg. and 10.5 rpg., he is joined by Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler (10.6 ppg., 10.0 rpg.) and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes (14.0 ppg. 10.3 rpg.).
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has recorded six double-doubles in 21 games as a senior. The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 11th nationally. He has recorded 220 rebounds in 21 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 22 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 234 rebounds along with 231 combined points.
MONTGOMERY THIRD-WINNINGEST COACH IN PAC-12 HISTORY Mike Montgomery is the third-winningest coach in Pac-12 history. He moved ahead of Oregon State’s Slats Gill with the victory over Washington State on Jan. 18.
COBBS CLIMBS BEARS' ALL-TIME LIST With 369 points already this season, senior Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the Washington State game 18th in school history with 1,293 points in 90 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 22 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 244 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE Washington State enters Wednesday’s game 9-14 overall and 2-9 in the Pac-12. The Cougars are coming off an 81-63 loss at Utah this past Saturday.
Cal and Washington State faced off in Berkeley earlier this season with the Golden Bears defeating the Cougars, 76-55.
WSU is third in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 66.0 ppg.
Junior guard DaVonte Lacy leads WSU and ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring with a 17.5 ppg. average. He missed six games from Jan. 8 to Jan. 26 due to injury, before returning three games ago. Lacy has averaged 22.0 ppg. in his three games back. He did not play in the Cougars’ previous meeting with Cal this season.
Senior forward D.J. Shelton ranks third in the Pac-12 in rebounding, averaging 8.8 rpg.
Ken Bone is in his fifth season as head coach of the Cougars.