LAS VEGAS - California travels to Las Vegas this week for the annual Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Bears are the No. 4 seed, meaning they earned a first-round bye and will open play in the quarterfinals Thursday at 2:30 p.m. PT against the winner of Wednesday’s opening-round showdown between fifth-seeded Colorado and No. 12 USC. Cal finished the regular season 19-12 and in a tie for third place in the conference standings at 10-8.
Thursday’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Ernie Kent (analyst) and Ashley Adamson (sideline reporter) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 2:00 p.m. (PT) with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Jay John (analyst).
• The Bears had four players earn All-Pac-12 honors this week, with senior point guard Justin Cobbs leading the way with a first team selection. Cobbs, who finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in assists (5.8 apg) and 10th in scoring (15.6 ppg), was a second team pick last year and honorable mention in 2012. Senior forward Richard Solomon earned honorable mention after leading the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and averaging a double-double. Junior forward David Kravish, who ranks third in the Pac-12 with 1.9 blocks per game, garnered Pac-12 All-Defensvie Team honorable mention. Guard Jordan Mathews was named All-Freshman Team honorable mention.
• Head Coach Mike Montgomery has secured his 31st winning season in 32 years as a collegiate coach. Montgomery is the conference’s third-winningest coach with 282 league wins in his 24th season coaching in the conference. Montgomery is also the ninth-winningest active Division I men’s basketball coach with 675 career wins. He ranks 26th on the NCAA’s all-time list, tied with former Louisville coach Denny Crum.
• A finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, Cobbs is the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 506 in his third season at Cal. He recently passed Jason Kidd for fourth in school history in career assists. Cobbs is tied for 22nd nationally in assists at 5.8 apg.
• Richard Solomon (11.2 ppg., 10.0 rpg.) is one of only three individuals who play in the six power conferences to average a double-double along with Kentucky’s Julius Randle (15.4 ppg., 10.5 rpg.) and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes (14.5 ppg., 10.3 rpg.). Solomon has led the Pac-12 all season and ranks 16th nationally in rebounding.
• The Bears are the only program in the Pac-12 that has finished in the top-4 in the conference standings in each of the past six years, which is every season Mike Montgomery has been the team’s head coach. Cal is 12-16 all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament, including two trips to the tourney championship game.