BERKELEY - California begins a challenging four-game stretch to end the regular season with a trip to No. 3 Arizona Wednesday at 6 p.m. (PT) at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Golden Bears will close the regular-season slate with four of the top seven teams in the Pac-12. It begins on the road with Pac-12 leader Arizona, followed by another road contest at sixth-place Arizona State (March 1), and home games against seventh-place Utah (March 5) and fifth-place Colorado (March 8).
Wednesday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KSFO 560 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 5:30 p.m. (PT) with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Todd McKim (analyst).
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• Cal’s returning starters (Justin Cobbs (15.9 ppg.), Tyrone Wallace (11.7 ppg.), David Kravish (11.4 ppg.) and Richard Solomon (11.3 ppg.)) are contributing 66.3 percent (1337-of-2016) of the scoring.
• Head Coach Mike Montgomery has already secured his 31st winning season in 32 years as a collegiate coach. Montgomery is the Pac-12 Conference’s third-winningest coach of all-time with 281 league wins in his 24th season coaching in the conference. Montgomery is also the ninth-winningest active Division I men’s basketball coach with 674 career wins. He ranks 27th on the NCAA’s all-time list, just one victory shy of former Louisville coach Denny Crum.
• Justin Cobbs was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Cobbs, the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 492 in his third season at Cal after transferring from Minnesota, ranks fifth in school history in career assists, just two behind Jason Kidd (494 assists from 1992-94). Cobbs ranks 11th nationally in assists at 6.1 apg.
• At 11.3 ppg. and 10.0 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 ranks 16th in the nationally.
• Freshman Jordan Mathews, who is averaging 8.9 ppg. overall, has averaged 13.3 ppg. in nine road games compared to 6.7 ppg. in 15 home contests. He is shooting .424 from the field on the road compared to .356 at home.
• Cal and Arizona have met 86 times previously, with the Wildcats holding a 56-30 advantage in the all-time series. The Bears have captured the last two contests, defeating No. 1 Arizona (60-58) earlier this season in Berkeley and posting a 77-69 win over No. 7 Arizona in Tucson last season.
• Cal has won three of its last four games against teams in the top-10 nationally and owns a 4-5 record against teams in the top-25 poll, dating back to the start of last season. The Bears have faced four nationally-ranked opponents this season. Cal dropped a 92-81 decision to No. 7 Syracuse in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Nov. 26, defeated No. 13 Oregon 96-83 in Eugene on Jan. 9 and No. 1 Arizona 60-58 at home on Feb. 1. Most recently, Cal had an 86-66 setback to No. 23 UCLA at home on Feb. 19.