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January 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Scouting report: California

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Ben Margot
CALIFORNIA
Game info:
7 p.m. Sunday at Haas Pavilion
TV/Radio: FSN/KJR-950 AM
Record: 9-7, 2-2 Pac-10. RPI rank: 45.
Previous game: Beat Washington State 88-81 in overtime.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Coach: Mike Montgomery is 55-29 in his third season with the Golden Bears and 602-273 in 30 years.He became the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories.
Series: California leads 77-75 in a series that began in 1916. The Bears are 48-26 overall in Berkeley. Washington’s last win at Cal was in 2008 and the UW has won twice in its last 10 visits to Cal.
Last meeting: Washington won 79-75 in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game on March 13, 2010. The Huskies trailed 66-61 with 6:04 remaining. They finished the game with an 18-9 run that included big three-pointers from Venoy Overton and former UW player Elston Turner. Overton and Turner were the stars in the final seconds. Turner created a turnover and Overton sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez is one of the best perimeter defenders in the Pac-10. This season, he’s taking a larger role and become a better offensive player. He’s reached double-figure scoring in 12 of the 16 games this season. Gutierrez also has 23 steals, which is tied for seventh in the Pac-10.
— Junior forward Harper Kamp redshirted last season due to a knee injury. He is second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 84.5 percent (60-71). He is the team’s leading scorer at 13.4 points per game and second in rebounds (5.5). Kamp scored 18 points Thursday against WSU and has reached double figures in scoring in the last five games.
— Guard Allen Crabbe (above) is making an early bid to win the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award. He was named the 2010 California Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American. In conference-only games, he’s fourth in the Pac-10 averaging 17.8 points per game.
OVERVIEW:
— Senior forward Markhuri Sanders-Frison isn’t very tall (6-7), but he’s got a big body at 265 pounds. He’s third in the Pac-10 averaging 8.3 boards per game.
— Thanks to Sanders-Frison, Cal has outrebounded 11 of its 16 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +4.9 which currently ranks third in the conference.
— Considering its recent play, hard to believe Cal managed just five points in the first half of its 57-44 defeat to Notre Dame on Nov. 26.
— The Bears have held five opponents to shoot under 40 percent, and have held nine opponents to score less than 70 points.
Max Zhang, Cal’s 7-3 center who would have been a junior this season, recently signed with a professional team in China, ending his collegiate career.
— Freshman guard Gary Franklin left the team on Jan. 5 and transferred to Baylor.
— Cal’s freshman class was ranked No. 17 by Rivals.com and No. 24 by ESPN.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Harper Kamp, 6-8, 245, Jr., 13.4 ppg., 5.5 rpg.
F – Markuri Sanders-Frison, 6-7, 265, Sr., 10.3, 8.3
G – Allen Crabbe, 6-6, 205, Fr., 10.8, 5.4
G – Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, 195, Jr., 12.7, 4.0 apg.
G – Brandon Smith, 5-11, 185, So., 4.6, 3.3 apg
KEY MATCHUP:
— The Huskies have had difficulties dealing with opposing big men lately. Oregon’s Joevan Catron had 20 points and 10 rebounds on UW while Stanford’s Josh Owens scored 14 points. Catron and Owens forced Washington to resort to a 2-3 zone defense and the Huskies will use it again today unless center Aziz N’Diaye and forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning can contain Kamp and Sanders-Frison.

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