Nov. 30, 2012
BERKELEY - California travels to Madison, Wisc. to face the University of Wisconsin on Sunday at 1 p.m. (PT)/3 p.m. (CT) in a matchup of Pac-12 and Big Ten powers inside the Kohl Center.
The Big Ten Network will provide live television coverage of Sunday's game with Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson handling the play-by-play and former Wisconsin point guard Mike Kelley serving as an analyst.
The Cal IMG Sports Network will carry the game on KSFS NewsTalk 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 through CalBears.com/All-Access. The pre-game show starts at 12:30 p.m. PT
California looks to start the season 7-0 for the first time in more than five decades. The last time Cal opened the season with at least seven-straight regular-season victories was in 1959. That season, the Pete Newell-led Bears opened the year 9-0 with wins over UC Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Jose State, Colorado twice, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 4 Illinois, No. 3 USC and No. 2 West Virginia. They finished the season as NCAA finalists with a 28-2 overall record.
The Bears opened the 1994-95 season 7-0 under Todd Bozeman with wins over Texas Southern, Northern Arizona, Pacific, San Francisco, Minnesota, Cincinnati and Columbia, however the victories were later forfeited by Cal for the use of an ineligible player.
Cal is coming off a DIRECTV Classic Championship with victories over Drake, Georgia Tech and Pacific in the Thanksgiving tournament in Anaheim. The Bears were led by junior guard Justin Cobbs, who took Most Outstanding Player honors with 58 total points in the three games in the tournament. He was honored as the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday.
Five of the Bears' six wins have come by double digits, including two of the last three - an 11-point win over GT and a 20-point victory over Pacific.
Cal has out-rebounded each of its first six opponents with a 41.0 rpg. average. The Bears have recorded 40 or more rebounds in four-straight games for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
The junior guard duo of Cobbs and Allen Crabbe lead the Pac-12 in scoring and have paced the Bears in each of the first six games. Crabbe is the league's scoring leader at 22.0 ppg., while Cobbs is second at 20.0 ppg.
Cal is one of only two teams in the nation to have two players rank in the top-35 in the country in scoring as Crabbe ranks 11th and Cobbs is 35th through Thursday's Division I action.
The pair has combined to score 252 of Cal's 448 points and connected on 85 of the Bears' 159 field goals this season. The duo is shooting a combined .570 (85-of-149) from the floor.
Crabbe became the 42nd member of the school's 1,000-point club with 20 points at Denver on Nov. 16. He enters the Wisconsin game 34th in school history with 1,062 points in 71 career games.
Crabbe and Cobbs are joined in the line-up by junior forward Richard Solomon, sophomore forward David Kravish and senior guard Brandon Smith. The Bears have used the same starting lineup in all six games.
CRABBE'S 20-POINT GAMES
PAC-12'S LEADING SCORER
PERFECT FOR NOVEMBER
MOST CONSECUTIVE 40-REBOUND GAMES IN 15 YEARS
In 2012-13, Cal has posted a +8 (46-38) advantage against CSU Bakersfield, a +3 (39-36) edge vs. Pepperdine, a +12 (40-28) advantage at Denver, a +14 (40-26) edge vs. Drake, a +12 (41-29) advantage vs. GT and a +9 (40-31) advantage vs. Pacific.
COBBS FAMILIAR WITH BADGERS
Mike Kreklow decided to transfer from Wisconsin to Drake University following the season.
Senior center Jared Berggren paces the Badgers with 14.7 points per game. He is one of four players averaging double-figures in the scoring column along with junior guard Ben Brust (12.3 ppg.), freshman forward Sam Dekker (10.6 ppg.) and senior guard Ryan Evans (10.1 ppg.).
As team, Wisconsin is shooting 35.5 percent (61-of-172) from three-point range and just 68.9 percent (82-of-119) from the free-throw line.
Bo Ryan is in his 12th season as head coach of Wisconsin. Under Ryan (since 2001-02), Wisconsin owns an overall record of 114-30 in non-conference games, including a mark of 85-7 at the Kohl Center.
CALIFORNIA-WISCONSIN SERIES HISTORY