BERKELEY - After recording its third-consecutive 20-win season with a 77-64 victory over Utah Valley on Wednesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), California hosts Arkansas Monday (March 24) at 8 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. with a berth in the NIT quarterfinals on the line. The Golden Bears and Razorbacks will square off for the second time this season, after Cal posted an 85-77 win in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational in Hawaii on Nov. 25.
Monday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Bill Walton (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KGO 810 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT) with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and Jay John (analyst).
• With 129 victories, Cal is enjoying its winningest six-year stretch in school history since head coach Mike Montgomery arrived in Berkeley for the start of the 2008-09 campaign.
• This is Cal’s 26th postseason tournament appearance in school history and eighth in the NIT. The Bears, who previously appeared in the NIT during the 2011 season, captured the 1999 tournament title and reached the quarterfinals in 1987 and 2000.
• Cal has advanced to the postseason in each of Mike Montgomery’s six years as head coach - four NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances. This is Montgomery’s 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 in the conference. Montgomery is also the ninth-winningest active Division I men’s basketball coach with 676 career wins. He ranks 26th on the NCAA’s all-time list.
• Four Golden Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors, with senior point guard Justin Cobbs leading the way with a first team selection. Cobbs, who ranks second in the conference in assists (5.8 apg) and ninth in scoring (15.7 ppg), was a second team pick last year and honorable mention in 2012. Senior forward Richard Solomon, the Pac-12’s rebounding king and one of only three players in the six power conferences to average a double-double (11.0 ppg. and 10.2 rpg.), was an honorable mention selection. Junior forward David Kravish garnered Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honorable mention while guard Jordan Mathews was named All-Freshman Team honorable mention.
• A finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, Cobbs is the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 518 in his third season at Cal. He recently passed Jason Kidd for fourth in school history in career assists. Cobbs ranks 23rd nationally in assists at 5.8 apg.