Dec. 27, 2012
BERKELEY - California concludes its five-game homestand and the non-conference portion of its slate when the Bears host Harvard in their final game of the calendar year on Saturday at 5:06 p.m. (PT) inside Haas Pavilion.
The Pac-12 Networks will provide live national television coverage of Saturday's game with Ted Robinson handling the play-by-play and Ernie Kent serving as the analyst. It will be the fourth-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 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 4:30 p.m. (PT). You can also access the game on Sirius channel 139 and on XM channel 193.
California, 8-3 overall this season, looks for its third-straight win after posting an 85-53 victory over Prairie View A&M last Saturday at home.
Six of the Bears' eight wins this season have come by double digits, including three of the last five victories - an 11-point win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 23, a 20-point victory over Pacific on Nov. 25 and a 32-point win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 22.
Cal has out-rebounded nine of its first 11 opponents with a 40.8 rpg. Average this season. The Bears recorded 40 or more rebounds in four-straight games earlier this season for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. They have averaged 47.7 rebounds per game over the last three contests.
The junior guard duo of Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs are the highest scoring pair in the Pac-12 Conference. Crabbe leads the Pac-12 and ranks 13th nationally at 20.4 points per game, while Cobbs ranks seventh in the conference at 16.5 points per contest.
The pair has combined to score 406 of Cal's 796 points (51 percent) and connected on 137 of the Bears' 289 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 Harvard game 28th in school history with 1,154 points in 76 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 two games ago vs. UC Santa Barbara.
CRABBE NEWEST MEMBER OF 1,000-POINT CLUB
Crabbe enters Saturday's Harvard game 28th in school history in career scoring with 1,154 points in 76 career games.
CRABBE NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD LIST Crabbe was named to the Preseason Top 50 list for the John Wooden Award for the second-straight season by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Nov. 8. He was one of just nine current players in the country named to the list in consecutive years.
PAC-12'S LEADING SCORER
COBBS AND CRABBE
JUNIOR GUARDS HAVE INCREASED MINUTES/PRODUCTION
Justin Cobbs has surpassed his scoring total from the season's first 11 games last season by 63 points in 2012-13. Last year, he recorded 119 points through the Bears' first 11 games. He is averaging nearly 8.2 more minutes a game this season (34.8) as compared to last year (26.6)
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.
CONTROLLING THE GLASS
Cal has out-rebounded its opponent and posted at least 45 rebounds in each of the last three games. The Bears are averging 47.7 rebounds per game in their last three contests. Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 in rebounding at 40.8 rebounds per contest this season.
WALLACE AN INSTANT IMPACT
He is Cal's fifth-leading scorer and lone freshman to play in all 11 games so far this season. Wallace has played at least 25 minutes in each of the last five games. He tied his career-long outing with 30 minutes (also played 30 min. vs. Georgia Tech) last time out vs. Prairie View A&M.
In the first four games of Cal's current five-game homestand, Wallace has averaged 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists vs. No. 18 UNLV, No. 13 Creighton, UCSB and Prairie View A&M. Two of his three double-figure scoring outputs have come in the last four games with a season-best 13 points vs. UNLV and 10 vs. UCSB.
SOLOMON RETURNING TO FORM
The junior ranks second on the team in rebounding and third in scoring.
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.
THURMAN EFFICIENT WITH MINUTES
KREKLOW RETURNS TO COURT
The sophomore has been limited this season after undergoing surgery on his right foot during the pre-season. He aggravated the injury in warm-ups prior to the Drake game on Nov. 22 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.
Kreklow rested his right foot last time out vs. Prairie View A&M and is day-to-day 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.
Harvard is 6-4 overall with victories in each of its last two games against Boston University and Holy Cross.
Sophomore guard Wesley Saunders, one of four guards in the starting lineup, leads Harvard in scoring at 15.8 points per game, while freshman guard Siyani Chambers is contributing 12.7 points along with 5.1 assists per contest.
As a team, Harvard is shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range with an average of 6.3 three-pointers per contest.
Head coach Tommy Amaker is in his sixth season at Harvard. He owns a 98-60 record at the helm of the Crimson.
CALIFORNIA-HARVARD SERIES HISTORY