Nov. 19, 2011
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears hit the road for the first time, in 2011-12, as the 23rd-ranked California men's basketball team heads to Kansas City, Mo., for the championship rounds of the Progressive College Basketball Experience Classic. Cal will take the floor at the Sprint Center against Georgia in one semifinal and will play one of two teams from the other side of the bracket; No. 24 Missouri or Notre Dame.
The Bears have a chance to match their best start to a season under head coach Mike Montgomery with a win over the Bulldogs, and can open the season with a 5-0 start for the first time since 2007-08 with a pair of victories, this week.
Cal won its two regional round games to push its record to 23-3 in non-conference home games under Montgomery. The Bears defeated George Washington, 81-54, and took out Austin Peay, 72-55. Cal has held a 20-point halftime lead in each of its three wins, this season, and currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 for scoring offense (76.7 ppg) and second in the league in scoring defense (55.0 ppg).
The Bears and Bulldogs have met in just two other games, and arrived at a split decision. Georgia won the last meeting, 78-73, in overtime, on Dec. 7, 2002, in Oakland, Calif. Cal is led by senior G Jorge Gutierrez who averages 13.3 ppg, and 6.3 rpg. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe leads the team with 16.7 points per contest.