California Golden Bears men's basketball

The California Golden Bears men's basketball team is the college basketball team of the University of California, Berkeley. 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.

California Golden Bears men's basketball
2023–24 California Golden Bears men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley
All-time record1,563–1,161 (.574)
Head coachMark Madsen (1st season)
(ACC in 2024)
LocationBerkeley, California
ArenaHaas Pavilion
(Capacity: 11,877)
NicknameGolden Bears
Student sectionThe Bench
ColorsBlue and gold[1]
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
Alternate jersey
Team colours
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
NCAA tournament champions
NCAA tournament runner-up
NCAA tournament Final Four
1946, 1959, 1960
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
1946, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1957, 1958, 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, 2016
*vacated by NCAA
Conference regular season champions
1916, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1944, 1946, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 2010

The team plays its home games at Haas Pavilion, which was long known as Harmon Gym before being heavily renovated with money donated in part by the owners of Levi Strauss & Co.[2] 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.

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. Cal was retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA tournament national champion for the 1926–27 season by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[3]

Nibs Price coached 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.[n 1]

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 was mostly a dreary one for the program, despite having players such as Butch Hays (1981–1984) and Kevin Johnson (1983–1987) who both set school records for assists. From 1960 to 1985, the Bears tallied only two winning seasons in conference play. Lou Campanelli served as head coach from 1986 to 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 (the Golden Bears all-time assists leader) and Lamond Murray, as well as future perennial All-Pro NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez in the early and mid 1990s 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.

This success came amid a brief period of turmoil in the mid-1990s. Campanelli was fired midway through the 1992–93 season after athletic director Bob Bockrath heard Campanelli berate his players with obscenity-laden tirades following two losses. Assistant Todd Bozeman finished out the season, and was named permanent head coach after leading the Bears to an upset of two-time defending champion Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Bozeman himself was pushed out two months before the 1996–97 season after it emerged that he'd funneled $30,000 over two years to the parents of star recruit Jelani Gardner so they could make the drive to see their son play. Ultimately, the Bears were docked four scholarships over two years and forfeited the entire 1994–95 season and all but one game of the 1995–96 season.

Ben Braun took over for Bozeman just before the 1996–97 season. Inheriting a team expected to be barely competitive in the Pac-10, Braun led the Bears to a second-place finish and took them all the way to the Sweet 16. During Braun's 12-year tenure, 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 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.

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 one-upped 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 Cuonzo Martin.[6] The Bears went 18–15 in Martin's first season as head coach. On April 13, 2015, 5-star power forward Ivan Rabb of Bishop O'Dowd High School announced he would attend Cal. A little more than 2 weeks later, 5-star small forward Jaylen Brown announced he too would attend Cal, making this recruiting class the best in Cal history. While the team had a solid regular season, earning a #4 seed in the NCAA tournament, they were upset in the first round by Hawaii. After three seasons, Martin announced his resignation to become the head coach at Missouri. Shortly thereafter, Martin's assistant coach Wyking Jones became Cal's 17th head basketball coach.[7] Jones coached for only two years, with the team finishing in the last place of the Pac-12 during both seasons.[8] Former Georgia head coach Mark Fox was named Cal's 18th head basketball coach in 2019.[9]

Coaches edit

No. Head coach Years Win–loss Pct.
1 Patrick Kilduff 1915–1916 11–5 .688
2 Ben Cherrington 1916–1917 15–1 .938
3 Walter Christie 1917–1918 8–2 .800
4 William Hollender 1918–1920 14–8 .636
5 E. H. Wright 1920–1924 60–20 .750
6 Nibs Price 1924–1954 449–294 .604
7 Pete Newell 1954–1960 119–44 .730
8 Rene Herrerias 1960–1968 92–100 .479
9 Jim Padgett 1968–1972 52–53 .495
10 Dick Edwards 1972–1978 73–85 .462
11 Dick Kuchen 1978–1985 80–112 .417
12 Lou Campanelli 1985–1993 123–108 .532
13 Todd Bozeman 1993–1996 63-35 .643
14 Ben Braun 1996–2008 219–154 .578
15 Mike Montgomery 2008–2014 130–73 .640
16 Cuonzo Martin 2014–2017 62–39 .614
17 Wyking Jones 2017–2019 16–47 .254
18 Mark Fox 2019–2023 38–87 .304
19 Mark Madsen 2023–present 0–0 .000

Postseason edit

NCAA tournament results edit

The Golden Bears have appeared in 19 NCAA Tournaments. They were national champions in 1959 and their combined record is 20–19.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1946 Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place
Oklahoma A&M
Ohio State
W 50–44
L 35–52
L 45–63
1957 Round of 23
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
San Francisco

W 86–59
L 46–50
1958 Round of 24
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Idaho State
#18 Seattle

W 54–43
L 62–66 OT
1959 Round of 23
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#18 Utah
Saint Mary's
#5 Cincinnati
#10 West Virginia

W 71–53
W 66–46
W 64–58
W 71–70
1960 Round of 25
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Idaho State
Santa Clara
#1 Cincinnati
#3 Ohio State
W 71–44
W 69–49
W 70–49
W 77–69
L 55–75
1990 9 E Round of 64
Round of 32
(8) Indiana
(1) #4 Connecticut
W 65–63
L 54–74
1993 6 M Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
(11) LSU
(3) #10 Duke
(2) #9 Kansas
W 66–64
W 82–77
L 76–93
1994 5 W Round of 64 (12) Green Bay L 57–61
1996 12 M Round of 64 (5) #17 Iowa State L 64–74
1997 5 E Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
(12) Princeton
(4) #20 Villanova
(1) #4 North Carolina
W 55–52
W 75–68
L 57–63
2001 8 S Round of 64 (9) Fresno State L 70–82
2002 6 S Round of 64
Round of 32
(11) Penn
(3) #9 Pittsburgh
W 82–75
L 50–63
2003 8 E Round of 64
Round of 32
(9) NC State
(1) #3 Oklahoma
W 76–74 OT
L 65–74
2006 7 S Round of 64 (10) NC State L 52–58
2009 7 W Round of 64 (10) Maryland L 71–84
2010 8 S Round of 64
Round of 32
(9) Louisville
(1) #3 Duke
W 77–62
L 53–68
2012 12 M First Four (12) South Florida L 54–65
2013 12 E Round of 64
Round of 32
(5) UNLV
(4) #16 Syracuse
W 64–61
L 60–66
2016 4 S Round of 64 (13) Hawaii L 66–77

NIT results edit

The Golden Bears have appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 14–8. They were NIT champions in 1999.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First Round Loyola Marymount L 75–80
1987 First Round
Second Round
Cal State Fullerton
Oregon State
Arkansas–Little Rock
W 72–68
W 65–62
L 73–80
1989 First Round
Second Round
W 73–57
L 72–73
1999 First Round
Second Round
Fresno State
Colorado State
W 79–71
W 58–57
W 71–62
W 85–69
W 61–60
2000 First Round
Second Round
Long Beach State
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
W 77–74
L 72–89
2014 First Round
Second Round
Utah Valley
W 70–52
W 75–64
L 65–67
2017 First Round Cal State Bakersfield L 66–73

Notable players edit

Retired numbers edit

California Golden Bears retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retired Refs.
4 Alfred Grigsby F 1991–97 1997 [11]
5 Jason Kidd G 1992–94 2004 [12]
11 Kevin Johnson G 1983–87 1992 [13]
40 Darrall Imhoff C 1957–60 2009 [14]

All-Americans edit

Player Year(s) Team(s)
George Hjelte 1917 Consensus First TeamHelms (1st)
George Dixon 1926 Consensus First TeamHelms (1st)
1927 Consensus First TeamHelms (1st)
Vern Corbin 1929 Consensus First TeamHelms (1st), College Humor (2nd), Christy Walsh Syndicate (1st)
Harold Eifart 1934 Helms (1st)
Bob Herwig 1936 College Humor (2nd)
Andy Wolfe 1946 Helms (2nd)
1948 Consensus Second TeamHelms (1st), Converse (3rd)
Bob Matheny 1954 Look (3rd)
Bob McKeen 1955 INS (2nd)
Larry Friend 1957 AP (3rd)
Darrall Imhoff 1960 Consensus First TeamAP (1st), USBWA (1st), NABC (1st), UPI (1st), NEA (1st), Sporting News (1st)
Mark McNamara 1982 UPI (3rd)
Jason Kidd 1994 Consensus First TeamAP (1st), USBWA (1st), NABC (1st), UPI (1st)
Lamond Murray 1994 Consensus Second TeamAP (3rd), USBWA (2nd), NABC (3rd), UPI (3rd)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 1996 AP (3rd), NABC (3rd)
Ed Gray 1997 AP (3rd), NABC (3rd)
Leon Powe 2006 Consensus Second TeamAP (2nd), USBWA (2nd), Sporting News (2nd)
Ryan Anderson 2008 Sporting News (2nd)
Jerome Randle 2010 Sporting News (4th)
Allen Crabbe 2013 NABC (3rd), Sporting News (3rd)

Golden Bears in international leagues edit

Golden Bears notable in other fields edit

References edit

  1. ^ Cal Brand Guidelines (PDF). June 1, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Haas Pavilion". California Golden Bears. April 17, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  3. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 538. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.
  4. ^ "Sporting News - NFL - NCAA - NBA - MLB - NASCAR - UFC - WWE". Sporting News.
  5. ^ "Arizona vs. California - Game Recap - February 1, 2014 - ESPN".
  6. ^ "Mike Montgomery Announces Retirement - California Golden Bears - University of California Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  7. ^ "Wyking Jones Named Men's Basketball Head Coach". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  8. ^ Rusty Simmons (2019-03-24). "Cal reverses field, fires head coach Wyking Jones". Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  9. ^ "Mark Fox Named Men's Basketball Coach". Cal Athletics. March 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Nine accept NCAA bids; NIT lines up five teams". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 2, 1972. p. 23.
  11. ^ Al Grigsby Roundtable: Recalling The Career Of One Of Cal's Hardest Working Players, 9 Feb 2011
  12. ^ Like Kidd, retiring his Cal jersey a bad example by Glenn Dickey on SFGate, Feb. 12, 2004
  13. ^ Hillyer, John (October 22, 1992). "Hill making climb back". Sports. San Francisco Examiner. p. B1, B2. Retrieved November 19, 2022 – via Barkley led all scorers Wednesday with 25 points in 24 minutes, teammate Kevin Johnson adding 24 on the night his Cal No. 11 jersey was retired in a pregame ceremony.
  14. ^ Faraudo, Jeff (February 15, 2009). "This one's for Pete, Imhoff says of honor". Sports. Oakland Tribune. p. B5. Retrieved November 19, 2022 – via
  1. ^ Price was also Cal's football coach from 1926 to 1930, leading the 1926 and 1927 Wonder Teams to undefeated seasons.

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