Six Cal players scored in double figures while helping coach Mike Montgomery tie legendary coach John Wooden for career victories (664).
The short distance has allowed Cal to keep its usual practice schedule, avoid changing time zones and even send a player or two back to Berkeley for class.
The No. 23 Ducks try to avoid an 11th consecutive defeat to the visiting Golden Bears, who are hoping to move past an altercation between coach Mike Montgomery and star guard Allen Crabbe.
“I told (Mike) Montgomery, ‘I respect you as a coach. Do I respect what you did? No. You can’t put your hands on a kid. It’s 2013,’” Allen Crabbe Jr., his father, said.
California coach Mike Montgomery said Tuesday there was no excuse for him shoving his star player during a game and that the action was completely out of character for him.
California coach Mike Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 on Monday for shoving one of his own players in the chest during a game.
Mike Montgomery returned to the bench three-plus weeks after undergoing surgery for bladder cancer and coached No. 24 California to a 77-56 season-opening victory over UC Irvine and former assistant Russell Turner on Friday night.
The NCAA has placed the California men’s basketball program on two years probation for making more than 300 impermissible recruiting phone calls.
The Pac-10 Conference has reprimanded California men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery for publicly criticizing officials.
California beat Hartford 74-56 on Tuesday night to give coach Mike Montgomery his 600th career victory.