Feb. 22, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Winners of four straight and six of seven overall, California looks to extend its streak when the Golden Bears travel to Corvallis to meet Oregon State on Saturday at 3:02 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum in the final road contest of the regular season.
Cal, in the thick of the Pac-12 regular-season title chase with a 17-9 overall record and a 9-5 league mark, sits tied for fourth place with Arizona State, a game behind first-place Oregon and Arizona and a half-game back of UCLA in the league standings with four contests remaining in the regular season.
The Bears are 5-1 in the month of February with a pair of victories over first-place and nationally-ranked Oregon, a win at nationally-ranked Arizona and home triumphs over UCLA and USC.
Saturday's matchup will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks with J.B. Long handling the play-by-play and Lamar Hurd serving as the analyst.
The Cal IMG Sports Network will carry the game on KSFS NewsTalk 910 AM in the Bay Area with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and former Cal assistant coach and current Assistant Athletic Director for Basketball Development, Jay John, (analyst) on the call. The broadcast is also available online by clicking here. The pre-game show starts at 2:30 p.m.
Cal's current four-game winning streak is its longest in league play this season. The Bears won six in a row in the Pac-12 last season, defeating Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah. It is the Bears' second-longest winning streak of the season overall, after opening the year with six-straight victories. It is the longest active streak of any team in the Pac-12.
Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 with 14.9 assists per game and third with 6.9 steals per contest during league games. Junior Justin Cobbs leads Cal with 74 assists in the 14 games and his 5.3 apg. average in league action ranks second in the Pac-12.
Mike Montgomery, the NCAA's eighth-winningest active Division I head coach with 652 wins, is the fourth winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 269 league wins. He moved past Washington's Hec Edmundson (266 wins from 1921-1947) in the win against UCLA last Thursday. Montgomery will lead the Bears into Gill Coliseum on Saturday just seven wins shy of matching the legendary Oregon State head coach, Slats Gill, for the third-most wins in Pac-12 history at 276.
Mike Montgomery became the fifth coach in Cal history to record 100 wins and the third fastest to achieve the milestone mark on Jan. 31 against Oregon State.
The junior guard duo of Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs is the highest scoring pair in the Pac-12 with a combined average of 34.2 points per game. Crabbe leads the Pac-12 and ranks 18th nationally at 19.5 points per game, while Cobbs ranks 11th in the conference at 14.7 points per contest. The pair has combined to score 889 of Cal's 1,769 points (50.3 percent).
Allen Crabbe, who was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week each of the last two weeks, enters the Oregon State game as the Pac-12's active career scoring leader and 11th in school history with 1,436 career points in 91 career games.
Mike Montgomery, the NCAA's eighth-winningest active Division I head coach with 650 wins, is now the fourth winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 267 league wins after moving past Washington's Hec Edmundson in the win against UCLA on Thursday.