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January 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Scouting report: California

First-year California coach Cuonzo Martin begins Pac-12 play against Washington (Photo credit: Kristopher Skinner -  McClatchy-Tribune)

First-year California coach Cuonzo Martin begins Pac-12 play against Washington (Photo credit: Kristopher Skinner – McClatchy-Tribune)

Scouting report: California.
Game info: 7 p.m. Friday at Haas Pavilion (11,877).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (J.B. Long and Don MacLean).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Tpm Glasgow and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 10-3.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: California and Washington.

Coach: Cuonzo Martin is 10-3 in his first season with the Golden Bears. He has a 134-85 overall record during a seven-year career. He spent three years (2008-11) at Missouri State where he compiled a 61-41 (.598) record that included two postseason appearances. He spent three years (2011-14) at Tennessee where he compiled a 63-41 (.606) record that included two NIT appearances and a NCAA tournament appearance. Last season Martin led the Volunteers to a 24-13 finish and the NCAA tourney Sweet Sixteen before leaving and taking the Cal job. He is tied for the third best start in his first 13 games in program history. Ben Cherrington directed Cal to 12 wins in his first 13 games as head coach in 1916, while E.H. Wright (1921) and Mike Montgomery (2009) posted 11 wins in their first 13 games. Martin and Lou Campanelli recorded 10 wins in their first 13 games.

Prediction: The Bears were picked seventh in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

Series: Cal leads 80-78 in a series that began Jan. 14, 1916. Lorenzo Romar is 11-13 against the Bears.
Last meeting: Cal won 72-59 at Alaska Airlines Arena on Feb. 14, 2014.

Previous game: Cal lost 55-52 in its nonconference home finale at home to Cal State Bakersfield.
Odds: Even.

Containing California's do-everything point guard Tyrone Wallace is priority No. 1 for Washington in its Pac-12 opener. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Containing California’s do-everything point guard Tyrone Wallace is priority No. 1 for Washington in its Pac-12 opener. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Since moving from the wing and taking over the point guard duties, Tyrone Wallace has been spectacular. The 6-5 junior guard ranks second in the Pac-12 at 19.2 points per game. He also ranks third in the league with an 8.8 rebounding average. His 4.1 assists average is eighth in the conference and his 1.4 steals per game is 10th in league. He’s also shooting .444 on three-pointers, which is fifth among Pac-12 players.

Wallace has won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award twice this season. He dropped a season-high 29 points on Nevada during a 63-56 win on Dec. 7. He’s also scored at least 20 points in six games. In their last meeting, Wallace torched the Huskies with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

— Sophomore guard Jordan Matthew is a first-year starter who ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game. He’s capable of big scoring performances. He had 22 points against then-No. 23 Syracuse during a 73-59 win on Nov. 20. Last season he scored a career-high 32 points against Oregon while connecting on 10 of 14 field goals, including three three-pointers and all nine free throws.

— When David Kravish is on his game, the 6-10 junior forward is really good. He was last year during Cal’s 82-56 win over Washington while helping the Bears with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kravish is one of three returning starters, but he’s statistics are down this season largely because his role has expanded and often he’s the only big man in the lineup with four guards. Still, he’s an exceptional shot blocker who ranks sixth with 199 blocks on the Pac-12’s all-time list.

OVERVIEW:

— Cal enters Pac-12 play having lost back-to-back games after winning 10 of its first 11 under Martin, their best start since 1959-60.

— One of those losses was to then-No. 6 Wisconsin on Dec. 22 and part of the Bears’ 1-2 record against ranked teams. The latest defeat, however, came against Cal State Bakersfield.

— Cal has struggled at times with its shooting and its 39.1 percent performance in Sunday’s 55-52 loss marked the fifth time it’s been held under 40.0. The Bears shot 38.9 percent against the Badgers.

— Opponents are shooting 37.4 percent against Cal, which is No. 25 nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency ratings.

— Cal beat Washington by a combined 39 in the two meetings last season – taking an 80-78 series lead – and allowed a combined 33.1 percent shooting mark. The Bears avoided a third consecutive home loss to the Huskies with an 82-56 rout Jan. 15, holding them to a season-low 30.2 percent from the field.

— Martin on Washington: “Athleticism. Skill. Toughness. Coach Romar is a veteran coach who put his team in a position to be successful. They have one of the best point guards in the country as far as his ability to rebound and score the ball, facilitate the offense and have a demanding presence on the floor. There’s a lot of things. That’s probably one of the best teams in the country. They present different challenges on both ends of the ball.”

— The Bears are missing one of their top scorers, Jabari Bird, due to a foot injury that’s expected to keep him out for at least two more weeks. The sophomore guard is averaging 11.7 points and 2.5 assists. Sophomore Sam Singer has replaced Bird in the lineup.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG. RPG. APG MPG. FG% FT% 3FG%
F David Kravish 6-10/240 Sr. 10.6 5.9 1.5 29.2 0.462 0.591 0.333
F Christian Behrens 6-8/226 Jr. 7.5 4.7 0.7 23.2 0.552 0.601 0.00
G Tyrone Wallace 6-5/200 Jr. 19.2 8.8 4.1 34.5 0.497 0.561 0.441
G Sam Singer 6-4/204 So. 3.8 3 3.8 28.1 0.389 0,625 0.125
G Jordan Matthew 6-3/205 So. 12.8 3.5 1.3 31.8 0.41 0.793 0.382

 

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