Dec. 13, 2012
BERKELEY - California looks to get back on track as the Golden Bears host their second straight nationally-ranked opponent when No. 13/16 Creighton comes to Haas Pavilion for a Saturday night showdown at 8:06 p.m. (PT).
The Pac-12 Networks will provide live national television coverage of Saturday's game with Cal's own Roxy Bernstein handling the play-by-play and Ernie Kent 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 standout Jon Wheeler (analyst) on the call. The broadcast is also available through CalBears.com/All-Access. The pre-game show starts at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The radio broadcast will also be streamed live on SiriusXM channel 85.
California looks to bounce back from a one-point (76-75) loss to No. 18 UNLV at Haas Pavilion last Sunday afternoon. The Bears enter Saturday's contest 6-2 overall, matching their record through the first eight games last season.
Cal, playing nationally-ranked teams in consecutive games for the first time since 2009, is concluding a three-game stretch of Wisconsin (7-4) , No. 17 UNLV (8-1) and the No. 13 Blue Jays (9-1) that own a combined record of 24-6 this season.
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 eight opponents with a 38.2 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 eight games. Crabbe is the league's scoring leader at 21.9 ppg., while Cobbs is sixth at 17.8 ppg. Crabbe ranks sixth in the nation in scoring through Wednesday's action.
The pair has combined to score 317 of Cal's 579 points and connected on 103 of the Bears' 205 field goals this season. The duo is shooting a combined .502 (103-of-205) 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 Creighton game 31st in school history with 1,105 points in 73 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 eight games.
CAL AGAINST NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS
The Bears last victory over a Top 25 team came on Nov. 25, 2010 against No. 20 Temple (57-50) in Orlando, Fla. Their last win against a Top 25 team at home came on Feb. 5, 2009 against No. 22 Washington (86-71).
Cal is 3-11 against nationally-ranked teams in the Mike Montgomery era.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME GAMES UNDER MONTGOMERY
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. With six wins in its first eight games, Cal has matched its record from a year ago through eight contests. The Bears finished that season 24-10.
CRABBE NEWEST MEMBER OF 1,000-POINT CLUB
Crabbe enters Saturday's Creighton game 31st in school history in career scoring with 1,1105 points in 73 career games.
PAC-12'S LEADING SCORER
COBBS AND CRABBE
The duo has connected on 103 of the Bears' 205 field goals this season and is shooting a combined .502 (103-of-205) from the floor through the first eight games of the year.
KRAVISH PROVIDES POST PRESENCE
As a freshman, Kravish started 24 games and averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. He recorded 41 blocks - the third-most by a freshman in school history - ranked ninth overall and second among freshmen in the Pac-12. Kravish's .594 field-goal percentage (98-of-165) was the highest among Cal's regular starters last season.
SOLOMON RETURNS TO LINEUP
WALLACE LEARNING QUICKLY
THURMAN EFFICIENT WITH MINUTES
SENIOR TRIO LOOKS FOR ANOTHER LEAGUE TITLE
All three have seen action in 2012-13. Smith has started each of the first eight games with 4.1 points in 23.5 minutes per contest. Thurman is Cal's second-leading scorer off the bench with 5.3 points in 17.9 minutes per game. Bak has seen time in four games, averaging 4.8 minutes per contest.
Junior forward Doug McDermott, a consensus First Team All-American and National Player of the Year candidate, leads Creighton at 22.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring through Wednesday's action.
Creighton has three returning starters overall from last season in senior center Gregory Echenique, senior guard Grant Gibbs and junior guard Jahenns Manigat.
CALIFORNIA-CREIGHTON SERIES HISTORY