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January 31, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Scouting report: California

California forward David Kravish (45) celebrates with guard Jordan Mathews (24) during the second half of the Golden Bears' upset of No. 21 Washington, 81-75. (Photo credit; Jeff Chiu - Associated Press)

California forward David Kravish (45) celebrates with guard Jordan Mathews (24) during the second half of the Golden Bears’ upset of No. 21 Washington, 81-75. (Photo credit; Jeff Chiu – Associated Press)

Scouting report: California.
Game info: 12 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 12-9, 2-6 (11th).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: California and Washington.

Coach: Cuonzo Martin is 12-9 in his first season with the Golden Bears. He has a 136-91 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 81-78 in a series that began Jan. 14, 1916. The Golden Bears have won four of the past five meetings. Lorenzo Romar is 11-14 against the Bears. Martin is 1-0 vs. UW.
Last meeting: Cal won 81-75 at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 2, 2015. Nigel Williams-Goss led UW with 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Robert Upshaw tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Jernard Jarreau added 12 points and Andrew Andrews 10.

Previous game: Cal beat Washington State 76-67 at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday.
Odds: Washington is a 7-point favorite.

California's Tyrone Wallace, right, and Washington's Andrew Andrews scramble for a loose ball. (Photo credit: Jeff Chiu - AP)

California’s Tyrone Wallace, right, and Washington’s Andrew Andrews scramble for a loose ball. (Photo credit: Jeff Chiu – AP)

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

—Brilliant decision by Martin to move Tyrone Wallace from the wing to point guard. The 6-5 junior thrived in his new role early in the season. Lately, he’s fallen off a tad. In nonconference games, Wallace averaged 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. In Pac-12 games he’s averaging 15.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Still, Wallace broke out of shooting slump in a major way Thursday at Washington State when he tallied 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting. It was the second most points he’s scored this season. He also had seven rebounds.

In their last meeting, the Huskies held Wallace to four points on 2-for-13 shooting in the first half. However, he finished with 19 points largely because he was 11 for 12 on free throws and Washington was fouling to extend the game. In his last year’s game at Alaska Airlines Arena, Wallace torched the Huskies with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

He’s 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.

— In their last meeting, sophomore guard Jordan Matthews played the entire 20 minutes in the second half and scored 21 points. He finished with a game-high 31 on 8-for-14 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 on three-pointers. He was 10 of 12 on free throws. He also had four rebounds in 37 minutes. Matthews averages 14.7 points, but he’s at 17.6 in Pac-12 games. 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 senior forward is really good. He was the catalyst during Cal’s 81-75 win on Jan. 2. He finished with a career-high 21 points on 10-for-16 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds. Last year during Cal’s 82-56 win over Washington, Kravish finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kravish is averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 29.8 minutes over five career games agaisnt the Huskies. He’s one of three returning starters. His 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 is tied for the school record with 207. Kravish is one of four Pac-12 players to record at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 career blocks. The others include: Arizona’s Anthony Cook (1986-89) and Channing Frye (2002-05) and USC’s Taj Gibson (2007-09).

OVERVIEW:

— Sophomore guard Jabari Bird is averaging 8.6 points in 11 contests. He missed 10 games with a foot injury.

— Wallace, Matthews and Bird have accounted for 62.5 percent (40.9 out of 65.4) of Cal’s scoring average this season.

— After Wallace, Matthews, Kravish and Bird, there’s a demonstrative decline in production. Martin relies on a nine-man rotation, but the bench has been mostly unspectacular.

— Cal has used four lineups. The lineup (below) has started the past three games and is 1-2.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG. RPG. APG MPG. FG% FT% 3FG%
F David Kravish 6-10/240 Sr. 10.5 6.7 1.3 28.9 45.8 62.5 27.3
F Dwight Tarwarter 6-6/230 Sr. 3.3 2.7 0.5 16.8 41.3 100.0 35.6
G Jabari Bird 6-6/198 So. 8.6 2.6 1.9 24.5 40.7 92.3 35.1
G Tyrone Wallace 6-5/200 Jr. 17.6 8.0 3.7 35.0 43.5 61.8 31.6
G Jordan Matthews 6-3/205 So. 14.7 3.5 1.3 32.5 44.5 78.7 43.6

 

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