UC Davis Welcomes Bears Home With Favorable Odds

Photo: Jorge Gutierrez is one of two seniors on a youthful Bears squad. He is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game.
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Jorge Gutierrez is one of two seniors on a youthful Bears squad. He is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game.

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Despite a strong opening victory over Temple in the Old Spice Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., home of Walt Disney World resort, the young Cal men's basketball team is probably happy to return home from the place that is supposed "to make dreams come true."

The Bears (3-2) enjoyed a solid first win, but struggled mightily shooting the ball in losses to both Notre Dame and Boston College, failing to crack 50 points in either outing.

Cal will look to mend its offensive woes when it returns to Haas Pavilion tonight to face off with UC Davis at 7:30 p.m.

Sure, the Bears struggled against both the Irish and the Eagles, but both are veteran-laden squads in power conferences. Tonight, the Bears will face a less daunting non-conference opponent when the Aggies (3-4) arrive in Berkeley.

Davis head coach Gary Stewart's roster is littered with transfers - the most familiar being former Cal walk-on Eddie Miller, who played two seasons in Berkeley and one under Montgomery. The Acalanes, Calif., product is currently third on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game in his first season with the Aggies. Miller poured in a career-high 20 points in Davis' last game, an 80-58 victory over Seattle, a team that defeated Pac-10 foe Oregon State for the second consecutive season earlier in the season.

The Aggies are led by Notre Dame transfer Joe Harden, who leads the team with 14.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Quick Hits

-With a win over UC Davis, Montgomery will reach 50 wins at Cal in 74 games, faster than any Bears' coach since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 to 1928-29.

-UC Davis starts three seniors, two more than Cal has on its entire roster.

-Cal is 30-0 all-time against the Aggies.


Gabriel Baumgaertner covers men's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]

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