Dec. 7, 2012
BERKELEY - After four games away from Haas Pavilion, California returns to Berkeley for the first time in three weeks when the Golden Bears host No. 18/21 UNLV on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. (PT).
ESPNU will provide live national television coverage of Sunday's game with Dave Flemming handling the play-by-play and former Arizona standout Miles Simon serving as the 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 2:30 p.m. (PT).
California looks to bounce back from its first setback of the season last Sunday at Wisconsin. The Bears are 6-1 overall, matching their best start since opening 6-1 during head coach Mike Montgomery's inaugural season at Cal in 2008-09.
Cal dropped an 81-56 decision to the Big Ten foe in Madison, Wisc. last Sunday. Despite getting a game-high 25 points from junior Allen Crabbe, the Bears fell behind early and could not overcome a cold shooting performance in the defeat.
Five of the Bears' six wins this season have come by double digits, including two of the last three victories - an 11-point win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 23 and a 20-point victory over Pacific on Nov. 25.
Cal has out-rebounded six of its first seven opponents with a 39.4 rpg. average. The Bears recorded 40 or more rebounds in four-straight games earlier this season for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign.
The junior guard duo of Crabbe and Justin Cobbs lead the Pac-12 in scoring and have paced the Bears in each of the first seven games. Crabbe is the league's scoring leader at 22.4 ppg., while Cobbs is fourth at 18.7 ppg. Crabbe ranks sixth in the nation in scoring through Thursday's action.
The pair has combined to score 288 of Cal's 504 points and connected on 96 of the Bears' 177 field goals this season. The duo is shooting a combined .542 (96-of-177) 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 UNLV game 31st in school history with 1,087 points in 72 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 seven games.
CRABBE NEWEST MEMBER OF 1,000-POINT CLUB
Crabbe enters Sunday's UNLV game 31st in school history in career scoring with 1,087 points in 72 career games.
PAC-12'S LEADING SCORER
CRABBE FROM THE LINE
CRABBE FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Junior guards Justin Cobbs and Allen Crabbe have combined to score 288 of Cal's 504 points through the first seven games. Crabbe has poured in a conference-leading 157 points on the year, while Cobbs is seventh in the league with 131 points.
The duo has connected on 96 of the Bears' 177 field goals this season and is shooting a combined .542 (96-of-177) from the floor through the first seven games of the year.
SIX WINS TO START THE SEASON
The Dec. 2 loss at Wisconsin was the latest the Bears suffered their first loss since 2007 as well, when Cal also fell for the first time in its seventh game of the year, an 82-75 loss at Kansas State on Dec. 9. Cal recorded a perfect November (6-0) for the first time since the 2007 season as well when the Bears posted a 4-0 mark in the opening month.
MOST CONSECUTIVE 40-REBOUND GAMES IN 15 YEARS
In 2012-13, Cal 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. Cal was out-rebounded (36-30) for the first time all season last time out at Wisconsin.
CAL AGAINST NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS
Freshman forward Anthony Bennett leads UNLV in scoring with 18.7 points per game. He is one of five Runnin' Rebels averaging double figures in the scoring column this season. Junior forward Mike Moser is owns a 12.3 ppg. average and a team-best 9.2 rebounds per contest. He missed UNLV's last game with a hip injury. As a team, UNLV averaged better than 80 points and 43 rebounds per game through the first seven contests.
Two current players once played in the Pac-12, including Moser (UCLA) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (USC).
LAST MEETING AGAINST THE RUNNIN' REBELS
Chace Stanback had 15 points and Mike Moser added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels. UNLV shot 49 percent from the field and had 22 assists.
CALIFORNIA-UNLV SERIES HISTORY