BERKELEY - Two of the top four teams in the Pac-12 meet Wednesday night in Berkeley as California hosts UCLA at 7:30 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion. Both teams come into Wednesday’s contest with a winning streak. Cal has won two straight and three of its last four, while UCLA has won three straight and six of its last seven games.
Wednesday’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with J.B. Long (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst) and Ashley Adamson (reporter) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT) with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Todd McKim (analyst). Fans can listen on the TuneIn button on CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• Cal’s four returning starters (Justin Cobbs (16.0 ppg.), Tyrone Wallace (12.1 ppg.), Richard Solomon (11.8 ppg.) and David Kravish (11.6 ppg.)) are contributing 67.5 percent (1265-of-1873) of the Bears’ points this season.
• Justin Cobbs was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.
• Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 478 in his third season at Cal after transferring from Minnesota, ranks fifth in school history in career assists, just 16 behind Jason Kidd (494 assists from 1992-94). Cobbs is tied for 14th nationally in assists at 6.0 apg.
• At 11.8 ppg. and 10.3 rpg., Richard Solomon is one of three individuals (Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes and Kentucky’s Julius Randle are the others) playing in the six 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.
• Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.8 ppg. over his last five games, including three 20-point games during the stretch (20 vs. ASU, career-best 21 vs. Stanford, 20 at Washington). He has 11 3-pointers in his last five games and is shooting .478 from 3-point range during the stretch.
• Cal and UCLA will meet for the 236th time, with the Bruins holding a 134-101 advantage in the all-time series. The Bears have won their last three home games against UCLA, including a convincing 76-63 victory over the Bruins last season.
COBBS FINALIST FOR BOB COUSY AWARD Justin Cobbs has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Feb. 17. The annual honor, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
Cobbs ranks second in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally, averaging 6.0 apg.. The senior is the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 478 in 92 career games at Cal. He ranks fifth in school history in assists, just 16 behind Jason Kidd (494 assists from 1992-94). His 5.2 apg. career average ranks third at Cal. The guard also ranks third in the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio (2.4), ninth in free throw percentage (.803), and 10th in scoring (16.0 ppg.). In league games, Cobbs is fifth in the Pac-12 with 18.1 ppg. He has recorded seven 20-point games this season, including a career-best 31-point performance against Dayton in the Maui Invitational. He has posted at least seven assists in a game 12 times this season, including 11 at Oregon.
COBBS ONE OF FOUR PLAYERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY WITH 1,300 POINTS/400 ASSISTS Senior Justin Cobbs, who is in his third season playing at Cal after transferring from Minnesota after his freshman season, is one of just four players in school history to record at least 1,300 points and 400 assists in his Golden Bear career.
COBBS CLIMBS BEARS' ALL-TIME SCORING LIST With 401 points this season, Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the UCLA game 17th in school history with 1,325 points in 92 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 212 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe.
PAC-12'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER With 478 assists in 92 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 is tied for 14th nationally with a 6.0 apg. average this season.
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 11.8 ppg. and 10.3 rpg., Solomon is joined by Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes (14.2 ppg. 10.2 rpg.) and Kentucky’s Julius Randle (15.7 ppg., 10.0 rpg.).
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has seven double-doubles in 23 games as a senior. The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 11th nationally. He has recorded 238 rebounds in 23 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland. In the forward’s last 24 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 252 rebounds and 264 combined points.
SOLOMON AMONG CAL'S ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LEADERS With 688 career rebounds, Richard Solomon is needs just seven to tie Roy Fisher (697 from 1988-91) for 10th on Cal’s all-time list.
WALLACE'S LAST FIVE GAMES Sophomore Tyrone Wallace is averaging 15.8 ppg. over his last five games, including three 20-point games during the stretch (20 vs. Arizona State, career-best 21 vs. Stanford, 20 at Washington). He has 11 three pointers in his last five contests and is shooting .478 from three-point range during the stretch. Wallace is averaging 12.1 ppg. and shooting .349 from three-point range overall on the season.