Dec. 21, 2012
BERKELEY - California looks for its second-straight win when the Golden Bears host Prairie View A&M on Saturday at 2:06 p.m. (PT) inside Haas Pavilion.
The Pac-12 Networks will provide live national television coverage of Saturday's game with JB Long handling the play-by-play and Dan Belluomini serving as the analyst. It will be the third-straight Pac-12 Networks broadcast for the Bears.
The Cal IMG Sports Network will carry the game on KSFS 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 1:30 p.m. (PT).
California, 7-3 overall this season, looks for its second win of the week after posting a 68-59 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday at home.
Five of the Bears' seven wins this season have come by double digits, including two of the last four 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 eight of its first 10 opponents with a 40.4 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 Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs are the highest scoring pair in the Pac-12 Conference. Crabbe paces the Bears and ranks second in the league overall at 20.1 points per game, while Cobbs ranks sixth in the conference at 16.8 points per contest. Crabbe is 20th in the nation in scoring through Thursday's action.
The pair has combined to score 369 of Cal's 711 points and connected on 124 of the Bears' 260 field goals this season.
Crabbe became the 42nd member of the school's 1,000-point club with 20 points at Denver on Nov. 16. He enters the Prairie View A&M game 30th in school history with 1,131 points in 75 career games.
The Bears used the same starting lineup in the first nine games, before Wallace made his debut as a guard in the lineup Tuesday vs. UC Santa Barbara.
CRABBE ONE OF LEAGUE'S TOP SCORERS
Crabbe enters Saturday's Prairie View A&M game 30th in school history in career scoring with 1,131 points in 75 career games.
ONE OF PAC-12'S LEADING SCORERS
COBBS AND CRABBE
JUNIOR GUARDS HAVE INCREASED MINUTES/PRODUCTION
Justin Cobbs has surpassed his scoring total from the season's first 10 games last season by 55 points in 2012-13. Last year, he recorded 113 points through the Bears' first 10 games. He is averaging nearly 8.9 more minutes a game this season (35.4) as compared to last year (26.5)
NON-CONFERENCE HOME GAMES UNDER MONTGOMERY
The UNLV loss on Dec. 9 was the first non-conference setback at home since dropping a 78-63 decision to No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 22, 2010. Last Saturday's defeat to No. 13 Creighton was the first time the Bears had dropped back-to-back non-conference home games under Montgomery.
KRAVISH PROVIDES POST PRESENCE
Kravish has scored in double figures twice this season with 10 points last time out vs. UC Santa Barbara along with his production against Creighton.
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.
SOLOMON RETURNING TO FORM
WALLACE MAKES FIRST CAREER START
Wallace has played at least 25 minutes in each of the last four games. In the first three-games of Cal's current five-game homestand, Wallace has averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists vs. No. 18 UNLV, No. 13 Creighton and UCSB. Two of his three double-figure scoring outputs have come in the last three games with a season-best 13 points vs. UNLV and 10 vs. UCSB.
THURMAN EFFICIENT WITH MINUTES
KREKLOW RETURNS TO COURT
Kreklow originally underwent surgery on his right foot during the pre-season. He aggravated the injury in warm-ups prior to the Bears' DIRECTV Classic opener against Drake and missed five games before returning to the court vs. No. 13 Creighton on Dec. 15. He posted four points and two rebounds before fouling out in 15 minutes while guarding Bluejays' All-American Doug McDermott. Last time out, Kreklow posted registered five points and six assists in 18 minutes of action as he continues to work his way back into the rotation.
Kreklow played in 32 games as a true freshman at Missouri, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per contest. At Missouri, 13 of Kreklow's 22 field goals were from three-point range.
SCOUTING PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
They beat Houston (81-80) and Navy (42-40) earlier this season, while playing seven of their 11 games so far away from Prairie View, Texas.
Prairie View A&M ranks 21st nationally with 9.8 steals per game. The Panthers also average 41.1 rebounds per contest.
Junior Jourdan DeMuynck, a native of nearby San Leandro, Calif., is Prairie View A&M's leading scorer and rebounder with an average of 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Ryan Gesiakowski is contributing 9.9 points and Carl Blair is adding 9.8 points per contest.
CALIFORNIA-PRAIRIE VIEW A&M SERIES HISTORY