BERKELEY - Coming off a historic victory over No. 1 Arizona Saturday, California looks for its 12th win at Haas Pavilion this season when the Golden Bears close a three-game homestand against Stanford Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT). Eleven of Cal’s 15 victories have come at home where the Bears are 11-1 this season. Midway through the Pac-12 slate, Cal is tied with UCLA for second place with a 6-3 league mark. The Bears are just ahead of Stanford, which is tied for fourth at 5-4.
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Cal punctuated a thrilling night at sold-out Haas Pavilion Saturday with its third victory over a No. 1 team in school history in the 60-58 win over Arizona. It was the first ever victory over a top-ranked team on campus. The Bears defeated UCLA at Oakland Coliseum in 1994 and Cincinnati at the Cow Palace in 1960.
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 Jay John (analyst). Fans can also listen to the game through the TuneIn button on CalBears.com.
• Cal’s four returning starters (Justin Cobbs (15.7 ppg.), Richard Solomon (11.6 ppg.), David Kravish (11.7 ppg.) and Tyrone Wallace (11.5 ppg.)) are contributing 65.9 percent (1088-of-1652) of the Bears’ points this season.
• Justin Cobbs was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 20.0 points and 5.0 assists in Cal’s two games last week. He posted a game-high 19 points and seven assists against Arizona, hitting the game-winning shot with one second left. He scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half against Arizona, including all 12 of Cal’s points in the final 11 minutes of the game. Cobbs is averaging 6.0 apg. this season, which ranks 14th nationally. He has posted at least five assists per game in 51 out of 89 career games.
• At 11.6 ppg. and 10.6 rpg., Richard Solomon is one of four individuals (Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes) playing in one of the six BCS conferences to average a double-double.
• 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.
THE SERIES: CAL-STANFORD
Cal and Stanford have met 263 times previously with Cal holding a 146-117 advantage in the all-time series. The Bears own a 56-44 record against Stanford at home. Cal posted a 69-62 victory over Stanford on the road on Jan. 2 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. The Bears are looking for their first regular-season sweep of the Cardinal since 2010. Senior Justin Cobbs is averaging 14.8 points and 5.2 assists in six games against Stanford over the last three years.
MONTGOMERY IS THIRD-WINNINGEST COACH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Mike Montgomery is the third-winingest coach in Cal history. He moved ahead of Lou Campanelli earlier this season and enters the Stanford game with a 124-66 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.
COBBS ONE OF FIVE PLAYERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY WITH 1,200 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 CLIMBS BEARS' ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 345 points already this season, senior Justin Cobbs continues to move up Cal’s all-time scoring list. He enters the Stanford game 19th in school history with 1,269 points in 89 career games in his third season at Cal. Cobbs is 46 points shy of 17th-place current Dir. of Operations Theo Robertson (1,315, 2006-10) and 268 points shy of 10th-place 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year Allen Crabbe (1,537, 2011-13).
SOLOMON ONE OF FOUR PLAYERS TO AVERAGE DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN BCS CONFERENCES
Senior Richard Solomon is one of four individuals who play for a school in the six BCS Conferences that is averaging a double-double this season. At 11.6 ppg. and 10.6 rpg., he is joined by Kentucky’s Julius Randle (16.1 ppg., 10.1 rpg.),Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler (11.1 ppg., 10.2 rpg.) and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes (15.0 ppg. 10.2 rpg.).
After posting four career double-doubles in his first three seasons, Solomon has recorded six double-doubles in 20 games as a senior. The Pac-12 rebounding leader, Solomon ranks 11th nationally. He has recorded 211 rebounds in 20 games. The senior posted a career-best 17 rebounds vs. Oakland this season. In the forward’s last 21 games, dating back to last season, he has recorded 225 rebounds along with 255 combined points.
BEARS 11-1 AT HOME IN 2013-14
Cal has lost just once in 12 games at Haas Pavilion this season. The Bears’ setback to Arizona State was their first defeat at Haas since a loss to Stanford on March 6, 2013
Cal finished the 2011-12 season 17-1 at Haas Pavilion.
Cal is 43-6 in non-conference home games under Mike Montgomery. The UNLV loss on Dec. 9, 2012 was the first non-conference home setback since dropping a 78-63 game to No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 22, 2010.