Cal Hosts Top-Ranked Arizona In Saturday Night Showdown At Haas
BERKELEY - California looks to rebound from three-straight losses when the Golden Bears host top-ranked and undefeated Arizona Saturday night at soldout Haas Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. (PT). Cal comes into Saturday night’s showdown 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-12 following an 89-78 overtime setback to Arizona State on Wednesday at home. The Wildcats, who have held the top spot in the national polls for the last eight weeks, are 21-0 overall and 8-0 in the league after a 60-57 win at Stanford on Wednesday.
Cal fans will "Gold Out Haas" on Saturday with gold t-shirts being distributed to Golden Bear fans inside Haas Pavilion prior to the contest. All fans are encouraged to wear their gold to the game.
Saturday will be Cal's first home game against a No. 1 team since Feb. 27, 2003 when No. 23 California dropped an 88-75 decision to No. 1 Arizona. Cal's last victory over a No. 1 team came on Jan. 30, 1994 when the Golden Bears defeated No. 1 UCLA, 85-70. The game, which was a home contest for Cal, was played at the Oakland Coliseum.
Saturday’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Jim Watson (play-by-play), Dan Belluomini (analyst) and Ashley Adamson (sideline) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 7 p.m. (PT) with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and Jay John (analyst). Fans can also listen to the game through the TuneIn button on CalBears.com.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• Cal has four players averaging double figures in scoring in seniors Justin Cobbs (15.5 ppg.) and Richard Solomon (11.6 ppg.), junior David Kravish (11.6 ppg.) and sophomore Tyrone Wallace (11.6 ppg.).
• Cal’s four returning starters (Justin Cobbs, Richard Solomon, David Kravish and Tyrone Wallace) are contributing 64.8 percent (1032-of-1592) of the Bears’ points this season.
• Justin Cobbs, a pre-season candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, is averaging 6.0 apg. this season, which ranks 16th nationally. He has posted at least five assists per game in 50 out of 88 career games.
• At 11.6 ppg. and 10.7 rpg., Richard Solomon is one of three individuals (Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler) playing in one of the six BCS conferences to average a double-double.
• 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.
CAL VS. NO. 1 TEAMS
Cal owns a 2-24 all-time record against No. 1 teams in the Associated Press national poll. The Golden Bears’ two victories over top-ranked teams came on Jan. 30, 1994 in an 85-70 victory over UCLA at the Oakland Coliseum that included a triple-double from Jason Kidd (18 pts., 14 rebs. and 12 asts.) and Jan. 17, 1960 in a 77-69 win over Cincinnati in the 1960 Final Four National Semifinal game at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, Calif.
BEARS ONE OF TWO TEAMS TO FACE TWO OF THREE UNDEFEATED SQUADS THIS SEASON
On Saturday, Cal and Duke will become the only two teams to face two of the three remaining undefeated teams in college basketball this season. The Bears dropped a 92-81 decision to Syracuse in the Maui Invitational on Nov. 26. Duke lost to Arizona (72-66) in the NIT Season Tip-off in New York City on Nov. 29. The Blue Devils play at Syracuse on Saturday.
COBBS ONE OF FIVE PLAYERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY WITH1,200 POINTS/400 ASSISTS
Senior Justin Cobbs, who is in his third season playing at after transferring from Minnesota after his freshman season, is one of just five players in school history to record at least 1,200 points and 400 assists in his Golden Bear career.
COBBS CLIMB'S BEARS' ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 326 points already this season, senior Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the Arizona game 19th in school history with 1,250 points in 88 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 65 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 287 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
PAC-12'S ACTIVE ASSIST LEADER
With 453 assists in 88 games at Cal, Justin Cobbs ranks fifth on the school’s all-time chart. The Pac-12’s active assist leader owns a 5.1 apg. career average, which ranks third in school history. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and is tied for 16th nationally with a 6.0 apg. average this season.
KRAVISH AND SOLOMON AMONG CAL'S ALL-TIME BLOCK LEADERS
Junior David Kravish and senior Richard Solomon combined to lead Cal to a school single-season record 161 blocks last season. Kravish broke the single-season school block mark with 63. Through 88 career games, Kravish has totaled 139 blocks to rank second all-time and through 98 games, Solomon has posted 106 blocks to rank fifth on Cal’s chart.
SOLOMON ONE OF THREE PLAYERS TO AVERAGE DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN BCS CONFERENCES
Senior Richard Solomon is one of only three individuals who play for a school in one of the six BCS Conferences that is currently averaging a double-double this season. At 11.6 ppg. and 10.7 rpg., he is joined by Kentucky’s Julius Randle (16.1 ppg., 10.2 rpg.) and Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler (11.3 ppg., 10.1 rpg.)
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has recorded six double-doubles in 19 games as a senior. The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 10th nationally. He has recorded 204 rebounds in 19 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 20 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 218 rebounds along with 243 combined points.
SOLOMON AMONG CAL'S ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LEADERS
With 656 career rebounds, senior Richard Solomon ranks 13th all-time at Cal. He needs just four rebounds to tie Jackie Ridgle (660 from 1969-71) for 12th place. John Coughran (672 from 1971-73) and Roy Fisher (697 from 1988-91) are 11th and 10th, respectively.
MONTGOMERY MOVES UP ON NCAA'S ALL-TIME WINS LIST
Mike Montgomery ranks 27th on the NCAA’s all-time Division I coaching wins list with 670 career victories. Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I men’s basketball coach.
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 Arizona game with a 123-66 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.
THE SERIES: CAL-ARIZONA
Cal and Arizona have played 85 times previously with the Wildcats owning a 56-29 advantage in the series. The Bears are 16-23 in home games against Arizona. Last season, Cal earned a 77-69 victory over No. 7 Arizona in Tucson. Allen Crabbe (31) and Justin Cobbs (21) combined for 52 points in last year’s win. Cal and Arizona have split the last eight games in the series. Arizona has won the last two meetings in Berkeley, 78-74 in 2012 and 107-105 in triple overtime in 2011.