Jan. 26, 2013
California Game Notes
BOULDER -California concludes its three-game road trip in Boulder, Colo. on Sunday as the Golden Bears take on Colorado at 12:36 p.m. (PT) at the Coors Events Center.
Fifth-year Cal head coach Mike Montgomery, one of the NCAA's winningest active coaches and the Pac-12's fifth-winningest coach of all-time, is on the cusp of becoming the program's fifth coach to post 100 victories with the Bears.
Cal, 11-7 overall this season and 3-3 in the Pac-12, is coming off a 62-57 victory at Utah on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.
Sunday's game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc handling the play-by-play and Corey Williams serving as the analyst. The game can be seen in the Bay Area on KICU.
The Cal IMG Sports Network will carry the game on KSFS 910 AM in the Bay Area with Cal alum Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Todd McKim (analyst) on the call. The broadcast is also available by clicking here. The pre-game show starts at noon (PT). Sunday's game will also be carried on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 191.
Mike Montgomery, who will coach his 154th career game with the Golden Bears on Sunday, looks to become just the fifth head coach in the history of the California men's basketball program to win 100 games. With a record of 99-54 in his fifth season with the Bears, Montgomery would not only join rare company, but be the third-fastest to 100 wins in school history.
Mike Montgomery is also three wins shy of becoming the fourth winningest coach in Pac-12 Conference history. He enters Sunday's contest with 263 league wins
The junior guard duo of Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbsis the highest scoring pair in the Pac-12 Conference with a combined average of 34.2 points per game. Crabbe leads the Pac-12 and ranks 14th nationally at 19.9 points per game, while Cobbs ranks 13th in the conference at 14.3 points per contest. The pair has combined to score 616 of Cal's 1,230 points (50.1 percent) and connected on 213 of the Bears' 450 field goals this season.
Crabbe became the 42nd member of the school's 1,000-point club with 20 points at Denver on Nov. 16. He enters the Colorado game 18th in school history with 1,289 points in 83 career games.
Crabbe and Cobbs are joined in the line-up by sophomore F David Kravish, freshman G Tyrone Wallace and junior F Richard Solomon. Cal has used this lineup seven of the past nine games.
This week has marked Cal's first games outside the state of California since Dec. 2 when the Bears played in Madison, Wisc. Sunday will be just Cal's fourth game outside of the Golden State and second in the state of Colorado. Cal posted a 72-61 win at Denver on Nov. 16.
CRABBE CONTINUES TO CLIMB ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Junior Allen Crabbe became the 42nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his Golden Bear career. He hit the four-digit total in the season's third game at Denver on Nov. 16. Crabbe achieved the milestone in his 68th career game, 19 games less than it took Cal's all-time leading scorer Jerome Randle(1,835 from 2006-10) to reach the 1,000-point mark. Crabbe enters Sunday's Colorado game 18th in career scoring with 1,289 points in 83 games.
PAC-12 SCORING LEADER
With an average of 19.9 points per game, Crabbe leads the Pac-12 Conference in scoring and ranks 14th in the nation overall. His career-high 33 points against Pepperdine equals the second-most points by an individual in the conference this season.
Crabbe is also among the conference leaders in free-throw percentage (4th, .842), three-point field goal percentage (10th, .373) and three-point field goals made per game (T-8th, 1.7).
Crabbe has 23 career 20-point games, including 10 this season. He has topped the 20-point mark in five of the Bears' last eight games. Crabbe has posted four-straight 20-point games twice in his career, both this season and as a freshman. Cal is 7-3 when Crabbe scores 20 or more points. Here is a look at Crabbe's 20-point games this season.
CRABBE AND COBBS
Junior guards Justin Cobbs and Allen Crabbehave combined to score 616 of Cal's 1,230 points through the first 18 games. Crabbe leads the Pac-12 conference with 359 points on the year, while Cobbs is 15th in the league (13th in points per game) with a total of 257 points.
JUNIOR GUARDS HAVE INCREASED MINUTES/PRODUCTION
Allen Crabbehas already recorded 70 more points this season than he did through the first 18 games of his sophomore campaign. The guard, who is averaging 2.1 more minutes per game this season (35.3) than he did last year (33.2), had 289 points through the first 18 games of 2011-12.
Justin Cobbshas surpassed his scoring total from the season's first 18 games of last season by 26 points in 2012-13. Last year, he recorded 237 points through the Bears' first 18 games. He is averaging 5.1 more minutes a game this season (35.4) as compared to last year (30.3).
WALLACE INSTANT IMPACT FOR BEARS
Freshman guard Tyrone Wallacehas provided an instant impact for the Bears. He earned a starting role in Cal's 10th game (vs. UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 18) of the season and has played at least 25 minutes in each of the Bears' last 12 games.
The first-year guard posted his first career double-double in his first career start against UCSB with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Wallace is Cal's fifth-leading scorer (6.8 ppg.) and lone freshman to play in all 18 games. He played a career-long 38 minutes at USC four games ago. The freshman scored a career-best 16 points and pulled down six rebounds vs. Washington State.
Since Wallace was inserted into the starting lineup nine games ago, he has averaged 7.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
KRAVISH CONTROLS THE GLASS
After a 2011-12 season where David Kravishearned a spot on the All-Pac-12 Freshman team, the 6-9 forward added 20 pounds to his frame in the off-season. He is the team's leading rebounder with 133 through 18 games, and ranks 10th in the Pac-12 with 7.4 boards per game. The forward has posted seven or more rebounds in a game in 10 contests. Kravish recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds at Denver. He posted a season-best 13 rebounds vs. No. 13 Creighton and has four double-digit rebounding performances this season, including 12 at UCLA and 10 vs. Pacific. The sophomore has also posted three blocks in a game on four occasions (vs. CSUB, vs. Creighton, at USC, and vs. Washington State). He has totaled 10 blocks in Cal's last five games. Kravish matched his season-high two games ago at Stanford with 14 points.
As a freshman, Kravish started 24 games and averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. He recorded 41 blocks - third-most by a freshman in school history - ranked ninth overall and second among freshmen in the Pac-12.
SOLOMON PROVIDES POST PRESENCE
Junior Richard Solomon, who missed the final 15 games of last season, has played in all 18 games this season. He has started 16 contests. Solomon is averaging 8.1 ppg. and 6.4 rpg. The junior has scored in double figures in six games, including a career-high 18 points vs. Prairie View A&M. He posted his second career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds at UCLA. Solomon also registered a career-high six blocks vs. WSU to go along with seven points and eight rebounds, becoming the first player in school history with at least six points, six rebounds and six blocks in a game. He has totaled 22 rebounds in his last three games.
THURMAN EFFICIENT WITH MINUTES
Senior forward Robert Thurmanhas made the most of his minutes on the floor in 2012-13. The forward, who has started two games this season, is averaging 17.5 minutes per contest. The senior made his first career start in his 55th career game vs. Washington on Jan. 9. He is averaging 5.0 ppg. and 3.7 rpg. The forward posted a season-high 14 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes vs. UCSB.
SMITH RETURNS TO THE COURT
Senior guard Brandon Smith, who last appeared in a game on Dec. 22, made his return to the court in Cal's last game at Utah on Thursday. Smith sustained a head injury against Prairie View A&M in late December. After being sidelined from all basketball activities for more than a month, he was cleared to play earlier this week. Smith played 19 minutes at Utah, connecting on a three-pointer and collecting three points, three rebounds and three assists.
After appearing in just five of the first nine games, junior guard Jeff Powershas played in seven of the last eight games. He started the Bears' game against Washington State, playing a season-long 19 minutes against the Cougars. The guard has totaled 58 of his 109 minutes on the year in the last five games and 13 of his 22 points on the season have come in his last five contests. He has shot 4-of-9 from three-point range this season and is 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the last five games.
Senior center Bak Bakhas also increased his presence in the Bears' line-up over the last five games, totaling 45 minutes on the floor in the last five contests. He had played 26 minutes overall in his first five appearances of the season prior to the USC contest on Jan. 5. Bak scored a season-high five points in a season-long 15 minutes vs. WSU.
Colorado, the defending Pac-12 Tournament champions, enters Sunday's game 13-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes have won their last two games, on the road at Washington State (58-49) and at home against Stanford (75-54) on Thursday night after opening the conference slate 1-4.
Colorado has a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging double figures in the scoring column. Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie leads the way at 14.4 points per game, while sophomore guard Askia Booker is averaging 14.1 ppg., freshman forward Josh Scott is contributing 12.9 ppg. and junior forward Andre Roberson is scoring 10.6 ppg.
Roberson is averaging a double-double on the season and leads the nation in rebounding with 11.9 boards per game through Thursday's action.
CALIFORNIA-COLORADO SERIES HISTORY
California and Colorado have met on the hardwood 19 times previously. The Golden Bears hold a 10-9 advantage in the all-time series with the Buffaloes. CU has won four of the last five games in the series, including two of three last season. The Bears beat Colorado at home (57-50), but the Buffaloes earned a 70-57 win in Boulder later in the regular season and a 70-59 victory in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles.