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California Golden Bears
2014–15 California Golden Bears men's basketball team
California Golden Bears athletic logo
University University of California, Berkeley
Conference Pac-12
Location Berkeley, CA
Head coach Cuonzo Martin (1st year)
Arena Haas Pavilion
(Capacity: 11,877)
Nickname Golden Bears
Student section The Bench
Colors

Yale Blue and California Gold

            
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Away jersey
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Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1927
NCAA Tournament champions
1959
NCAA Tournament runner up
1960
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1946, 1959, 1960
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1946, 1959, 1960
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1959, 1960,1993,1997
NCAA Tournament appearances
1946, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Conference regular season champions
1916, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1944, 1946, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 2010

The California Golden Bears basketball team is the college basketball team of the University of California, Berkeley. The team plays its home games at Haas Pavilion, which was built on top of the old Harmon Gymnasium using money donated in part by the owners of Levi-Strauss.[1] The arena was originally known as Men's Gymnasium and then later Harmon Gymnasium until the late 1990s when it went through renovations which displaced the team for two seasons. The program has seen success throughout the years, culminating in a national championship in 1959 under coach Pete Newell, and the team has reached the final four two other times, in 1946 and 1960. The current head coach is Cuonzo Martin, who began his tenure in 2014 after Mike Montgomery announcing his retirement.[2][3]

History[edit]

The Golden Bears first played basketball intercollegiately in 1907 and began full conference play in 1915. The 1920s was the dominant decade for Cal basketball, as the Bears won 6 conference titles under coaches E.H. Wright and Nibs Price.

Nibs Price would coach Cal with great success for 30 years from 1924 to 1954, earning a 449-294 total record, many single season winning records, and an additional 3 conference titles in the 1930s and 1940s.

Cal reached the pinnacle of the sport during the tenure of Pete Newell, who was head coach from 1955 to 1960. The Golden Bears earned the conference title four out of his five years and in 1959, won the NCAA title. In Newell's last year, Cal came close to another NCAA title, but lost to Ohio State in the final.

The fortunes of Cal men's basketball would never be the same after Newell. The next quarter-century would mostly be a dreary one for the program, despite having players such as Kevin Johnson. From 1960 to 1985, the Bears tallied only two winning seasons in conference play. Lou Campanelli served as head coach from 1986 - 1993. The highlight of this era was a 75–67 victory over UCLA in 1986 that ended a 25-year, 52 game losing streak to the Bruins. Campanelli in his first season took the Golden Bears to the 1986 National Invitation Tournament, the first post season appearance of any sort since 1960. In 1990, Campanelli led the Golden Bears to their first NCAA Tournament in 30 years.

Cal achieved much better success in the 1990s, qualifying for the NCAA tournament five times with future NBA players Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray, as well as future perennial All-Pro NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez in the early and mid 1990's and Sean Lampley and Shareef Abdur-Rahim in the late 1990s. Cal also won the 1999 National Invitation Tournament, with a thrilling 61-60 victory over Clemson in the title game.

In 2006, the Golden Bears reached their first Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game. Power forward Leon Powe grabbed a tournament-record 20 rebounds against USC in the first round and then scored a tournament-record 41 points in a double-overtime victory versus Oregon in the semi-finals. Despite California's 71-52 loss to UCLA in the final game, Powe was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

From 1996–2008, under Ben Braun, Cal qualified for the NCAA tournament three straight times in the 2000s and six times overall. However, after finishing near the bottom of the Pac-10 for the second straight year, Braun was dismissed in late March 2008. The former coach of rival Stanford, Mike Montgomery, succeeded Braun.[4] In his first year the Bears finished tied for third in the Pac-10 and made it to the NCAA Tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round to the Maryland Terrapins.

In Montgomery's second season, the Bears won their first conference title in 50 years. The team, featuring four seniors as starters, only lost one game at Haas Pavilion but had a rough non-conference schedule featuring losses to elite teams such as Kansas, Ohio State, and Syracuse, which quickly knocked them out of the national rankings after being ranked #13 in the pre-season. Despite losing the Pac-10 tournament, and questions on whether even the conference champion of a down Pac-10 conference would receive an at-large bid to the tournament, the Bears qualified for their second straight NCAA bid as a #8 seed. They were able to one-up their previous season by winning their first round matchup against the Louisville Cardinals but fell to the eventual national champions, Duke, in the second round. Senior Jerome Randle finished the season and his career as Cal's all-time leading scorer. The highlight of Montgomery's last season as the head coach for Cal was the signature win at home against then undefeated, No. 1 Arizona. In thrilling fashion, senior guard Justin Cobbs hits the game-winning jumper with 0.9 on the clock for a 60-58 victory.[5]

Mike Montgomery announced his retirement shortly after the 2013-14 season's culmination, resulting in the hiring of current Cal's head coach, Cuonzo Martin.[6]


Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
No Coach (1907–1915)
1907–08 No Coach 1–0
1908–09 No Coach 8–0
1911–12 No Coach 2–0
1912–13 No Coach 2–0
1913–14 No Coach 2–0
1914–15 No Coach 6–0
No Coach: 21–0 (1.000)
Kilduff (PCC) (1915–1916)
1915–16 Kilduff 11–5 5–3 1st
Kilduff: 11–5 (.688) 5–3 (.625)
Ben Cherrington (PCC) (1916–1917)
1916–17 Ben Cherrington 15–1 5–1 2nd
Ben Cherrington: 15–1 (.938) 5–1 (.833)
Walter Christie (1917–1918)
1917–18 Walter Christie 8–2
Walter Christie: 8–2 (.800)
William Hollender (PCC) (1918–1920)
1918–19 William Hollender 6–3 2–2 3rd
1919–20 William Hollender 8–2 5–5 2nd
William Hollender: 14–8 (.636) 7–7 (.500)
E. H. Wright (PCC) (1920–1924)
1920–21 E. H. Wright 15–4 8–3 T–1st
1921–22 E. H. Wright 19–6 10–4 3rd
1922–23 E. H. Wright 12–6 5–3 1st (SD)
1923–24 E. H. Wright 14–4 15–3 1st, 1st (SD)
E. H. Wright: 60–20 (.750) 28–13 (.683)
Nibs Price (PCC) (1924–1954)
1924–25 Nibs Price 11–4 3–1 1st, 1st (SD)
1925–26 Nibs Price 14–0 5–0 1st, 1st (SD)
1926–27 Nibs Price 13–0 5–0 1st, 1st (SD)
1927–28 Nibs Price 9–6 6–3 T–1st (SD)
1928–29 Nibs Price 17–3 9–0 1st, 1st (SD)
1929–30 Nibs Price 9–8 6–3 2nd (SD)
1930–31 Nibs Price 12–10 6–3 1st, 1st (SD)
1931–32 Nibs Price 16–8 8–3 1st, 1st (SD)
1932–33 Nibs Price 18–7 8–3 2nd (SD)
1933–34 Nibs Price 19–7 8–4 2nd (SD)
1934–35 Nibs Price 11–14 5–7 2nd (SD)
1935–36 Nibs Price 13–16 6–6 3rd (SD)
1936–37 Nibs Price 17–10 4–8 3rd (SD)
1937–38 Nibs Price 18–11 8–4 2nd (SD)
1938–39 Nibs Price 24–8 9–3 T–1st (SD)
1939–40 Nibs Price 15–17 5–7 3rd (SD)
1940–41 Nibs Price 15–12 6–6 3rd (SD)
1941–42 Nibs Price 11–19 4–8 3rd (SD)
1942–43 Nibs Price 9–15 1–7 4th (SD)
1943–44 Nibs Price 7–3 4–0 1st, 1st (SD)
1944–45 Nibs Price 7–8 1–3 3rd (SD)
1945–46 Nibs Price 30–6 11–1 1st, 1st (SD) 1–2 (NCAA Final Four)
1946–47 Nibs Price 20–11 8–4 2nd (SD)
1947–48 Nibs Price 25–9 11–1 1st (SD)
1948–49 Nibs Price 14–19 1–11 4th (SD)
1949–50 Nibs Price 10–17 4–8 3rd (SD)
1950–51 Nibs Price 16–16 3–9 4th (SD)
1951–52 Nibs Price 17–13 6–6 T–2nd (SD)
1952–53 Nibs Price 15–10 9–3 1st (SD)
1953–54 Nibs Price 17–7 6–6 3rd (SD)
Nibs Price: 449–294 (.604) 176–128 (.579)
Pete Newell (PCC/AAWU) (1954–1960)
1954–55 Pete Newell 9–16 1–11 4th (SD)
1955–56 Pete Newell 17–8 10–6 3rd (PCC)
1956–57 Pete Newell 21–5 14–2 1st (PCC) 1–1 (NCAA Third Round)
1957–58 Pete Newell 19–9 12–4 T–1st (PCC) 1–1 (NCAA Third Round)
1958–59 Pete Newell 25–4 14–2 1st (PCC) 4–0 (NCAA Champions)
1959–60 Pete Newell 28–2 11–1 1st (AAWU) 4–1 (NCAA Runner Up)
Pete Newell: 119–44 (.730) 62–26 (.705)
Rene Herrerias (AAWU) (1960–1968)
1960–61 Rene Herrerias 13–9 5–7 4th
1961–62 Rene Herrerias 8–17 2–10 5th
1962–63 Rene Herrerias 13–11 4–8 5th
1963–64 Rene Herrerias 11–13 8–7 3rd
1964–65 Rene Herrerias 8–15 4–10 7th
1965–66 Rene Herrerias 9–16 4–10 7th
1966–67 Rene Herrerias 15–10 6–8 T–5th
1967–68 Rene Herrerias 15–9 7–7 4th
Rene Herrerias: 92–100 (.479) 40–67 (.374)
Jim Padgett (Pac–8) (1968–1972)
1968–69 Jim Padgett 12–13 4–10 T–7th
1969–70 Jim Padgett 11–15 5–9 6th
1970–71 Jim Padgett 16–9 8–6 T–3rd
1971–72 Jim Padgett 13–16 6–8 5th
Jim Padgett: 52–53 (.495) 23–33 (.411)
Dick Edwards (Pac–8) (1972–1978)
1972–73 Dick Edwards 11–15 4–10 7th
1973–74 Dick Edwards 9–17 3–11 T–7th
1974–75 Dick Edwards 17–9 7–7 4th
1975–76 Dick Edwards 13–13 5–9 T–6th
1976–77 Dick Edwards 12–15 7–7 6th
1977–78 Dick Edwards 11–16 4–10 7th
Dick Edwards: 73–85 (.462) 30–54 (.357)
Dick Kuchen (Pac–10) (1978–1985)
1978–79 Dick Kuchen 6–21 4–14 10th
1979–80 Dick Kuchen 8–19 3–15 10th
1980–81 Dick Kuchen 13–14 5–13 T–8th
1981–82 Dick Kuchen 14–13 8–10 T–6th
1982–83 Dick Kuchen 14–14 7–11 T–8th
1983–84 Dick Kuchen 12–16 5–13 9th
1984–85 Dick Kuchen 13–15 5–13 T–8th
Dick Kuchen: 80–112 (.417) 37–89 (.294)
Lou Campanelli (Pac–10) (1985–1993)
1985–86 Lou Campanelli 19–10 11–7 3rd 0–1 (NIT First Round)
1986–87 Lou Campanelli 20–15 10–8 T–3rd 2–1 (NIT Quarterfinals)
1987–88 Lou Campanelli 9–20 5–13 T–8th
1988–89 Lou Campanelli 20–13 10–8 5th 1–1 (NIT Second Round)
1989–90 Lou Campanelli 22–10 12–6 3rd 1–1 (NCAA Second Round)
1990–91 Lou Campanelli 13–15 8–10 T–5th
1991–92 Lou Campanelli 10–18 4–14 9th
1992–93* Lou Campanelli 10–7* 4–5*
Lou Campanelli: 123–108 (.532) 64–71 (.474)
Todd Bozeman (Pac–10) (1993–1996)
1993* Todd Bozeman 11–2* 8–1* 2nd 2–1 (NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
1993–94 Todd Bozeman 22–8 13–5 T–2nd 0–1 (NCAA First Round)
1994–95** Todd Bozeman 0–27** 0–18** T–8th
1995–96** Todd Bozeman 2–26** 2–16** 4th 0–1 (NCAA First Round)
Todd Bozeman: 35–63 (.357)*** 23–41 (.359)***
Ben Braun (Pac–10) (1996–2008)
1996–97 Ben Braun 23–9 12–6 T–2nd 2–1 (NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
1997–98 Ben Braun 12–15 8–10 T–5th
1998–99 Ben Braun 22–11 8–10 T–5th 5–0 (NIT Champions)
1999–00 Ben Braun 18–15 7–11 7th 2–1 (NIT Quarterfinals)
2000–01 Ben Braun 20–11 11–7 T–4th 0–1 (NCAA First Round)
2001–02 Ben Braun 23–9 12–6 T–2nd 1–1 (NCAA Second Round)
2002–03 Ben Braun 22–9 13–5 3rd 1–1 (NCAA Second Round)
2003–04 Ben Braun 13–15 9–9 T–4th
2004–05 Ben Braun 13–16 6–12 T–8th
2005–06 Ben Braun 20–11 12–6 3rd 0–1 (NCAA First Round)
2006–07 Ben Braun 16–17 6–12 8th
2007–08 Ben Braun 17–16 6–12 9th 1–1 (NIT Second Round)
Ben Braun: 219–154 (.587) 110–106 (.509)
Mike Montgomery (Pac–10/Pac–12) (2008–2014)
2008–09 Mike Montgomery 22–11 11–7 T–3rd 0–1 (NCAA First Round)
2009–10 Mike Montgomery 24–11 13–5 1st 1–1 (NCAA Second Round)
2010–11 Mike Montgomery 18–15 10–8 T–4th 1–1 (NIT Second Round)
2011–12 Mike Montgomery 24–10 13–5 T–2nd 0–1 (NCAA First Round)
2012–13 Mike Montgomery 21–12 12–6 T–2nd 1–1 (NCAA Third Round)
2013–14 Mike Montgomery 21–14 10–8 T-3rd
Mike Montgomery: 109–59 (.649) 60–32 (.652)
Total: 1,481–1,109 (.572)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Bozeman was named acting head coach in February 1993 following the firing of Lou Campanelli; California credits the first 17 games of the regular season to Campanelli and the final 13 games (including the NCAA Tournament) to Bozeman.
**Entire 1994–95 season and all but two games of 1995–96 season forfeited by NCAA after it was discovered that Jelani Gardner was ineligible. 1996 NCAA Tournament appearance was vacated. Cal finished 13–14 (5–13 Pac–10) 1994–95, and 17–11 (11–7 Pac–10) in 1995–96.
***California's actual record under Bozeman was is 63–35 (37–26 Pac–10).

Source: 2011–12 Golden Bears Record Book

Coaches[edit]

Head Coach Years Win–Loss Pct.
Kilduff 1915–1916 11–5 .688
Ben Cherrington 1916–1917 15–1 .938
Walter Christie 1917–1918 8–2 .800
William Hollender 1918–1920 14–8 .636
E. H. Wright 1920–1924 60–20 .750
Nibs Price 1924–1954 449–294 .604
Pete Newell 1954–1960 119–44 .730
Rene Herrerias 1960–1968 92–100 .479
Jim Padgett 1968–1972 52–53 .495
Dick Edwards 1972–1978 73–85 .462
Dick Kuchen 1978–1985 80–112 .417
Lou Campanelli 1985–1993 123–108 .532
Todd Bozeman 1993–1996 35–63 .357
Ben Braun 1996–2008 219–154 .578
Mike Montgomery 2008–2014 109–59 .652
Cuonzo Martin 2014–present

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Golden Bears have appeared in 18 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 20–18. They were national champions in 1959.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1946 Quarterfinals
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Colorado
Oklahoma State
Ohio State
W 50–44
L 35–52
L 45–63
1957 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
BYU
San Francisco
W 86–59
L 46–50
1958 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Idaho State
Seattle
W 54–43
L 62–66 OT
1959 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Final Four
National Championship Game
Utah
Saint Mary's
Cincinnati
West Virginia
W 71–53
W 66–46
W 64–58
W 71–70
1960 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Final Four
National Championship Game
Idaho State
Santa Clara
Oregon
Cincinnati
Ohio State
W 71–44
W 69–49
W 70–49
W 77–69
L 55–75
1990 First Round
Second Round
Indiana
Connecticut
W 65–63
L 54–74
1993 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
LSU
Duke
Kansas
W 66–64
W 82–77
L 76–93
1994 First Round Green Bay L 57–61
1996 First Round Iowa State L 64–74
1997 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Princeton
Villanova
North Carolina
W 55–52
W 75–68
L 57–63
2001 First Round Memphis L 70–82
2002 First Round
Second Round
Penn
Pittsburgh
W 82–75
L 50–63
2003 First Round
Second Round
NC State
Oklahoma
W 76–74 OT
L 65–74
2006 First Round NC State L 52–58
2009 First Round Maryland L 71–84
2010 First Round
Second Round
Louisville
Duke
W 77–62
L 53–68
2012 First Four South Florida L 54–65
2013 Second Round
Third Round
UNLV
Syracuse
W 64–61
L 60–66

NIT results[edit]

The Golden Bears have appeared in seven National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 12–6. They were NIT champions in 1999. They will participate in the 2014 NIT.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1986 First Round Loyola Marymount L 75–80
1987 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Cal State Fullerton
Oregon State
Arkansas–Little Rock
W 72–68
W 65–62
L 73–80
1989 First Round
Second Round
Hawaiʻi
Connecticut
W 73–57
L 72–73
1999 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Fresno State
DePaul
Colorado State
Oregon
Clemson
W 79–71
W 58–57
W 71–62
W 85–69
W 61–60
2000 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Long Beach State
Georgetown
Wake Forest
W 70–66
W 60–49
L 59–76
2008 First Round
Second Round
New Mexico
Ohio State
W 68–66
L 56–73
2011 First Round
Second Round
Ole Miss
Colorado
W 77–74
L 72–89
2014 First Round Utah Valley W 70-52

Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Height Year
1 Justin Cobbs Guard 6-2 JR
3 Tyrone Wallace Guard 6-4 FR
10 Garrett Galvin Guard 6-4 FR
12 Brandon Smith Guard 6-0 SR
14 Christian Behrens Forward 6-9 SO
15 Bak Bak Forward 6-9 SR
20 Kahlil Johnson Guard 6-7 FR
21 Jeff Powers Guard 6-7 JR
22 Kaileb Rodriguez Forward 6-9 FR
23 Allen Crabbe Guard 6-6 JR
24 Ricky Kreklow Guard 6-6 FR (Redshirt)
34 Robert Thurman Forward 6-10 SR
35 Richard Solomon Forward 6-10 JR
41 Geoffrey Frid Center 7-1 FR
45 David Kravish Forward 6-9 SO

Source:

Record vs. Pac-12 opponents[edit]

The California Golden Bears have the following all-time series records vs. Pac-12 opponents. They lead the series vs. all opponents except for Arizona and UCLA. Two series are very close (within a game of being even).

Opponent Wins Losses Pct. Streak
Arizona 29 55 .345 Cal 1
Arizona St. 37 36 .507 ASU 1
Colorado 11 10 .524 Cal 1
Oregon 83 55 .601 Cal 12
Oregon St. 81 60 .574 Cal 4
Stanford 146 117 .555 Cal 1
UCLA 101 134 .430 UCLA 1
USC 132 122 .520 USC 1
Utah 13 9 .591 Utah 1
Washington 79 78 .503 Cal 1
Wash. St. 75 47 .615 Cal 2
  • Note all-time series includes non-conference matchups.

Retired numbers[edit]

References[edit]