A dozen items on California to consider while moving along on a Monday afternoon…
1) Cal coach Mike Montgomery is 10-2 in his career in NCAA tournament first round games, losing only in 1989 and 1992 while at Stanford. The Cardinal won their last 10 NCAA openers with Montgomery in charge of the program. (Maryland‘s Gary Williams is 13-2 in first round games).
2) Montgomery and Williams met in the postseason one other time —- Maryland’s 2001 regional final victory in Anaheim, Calif.
3) Three Golden Bears —- Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson —- average more than 30 minutes. For the most part, Cal goes eight or nine players deep.
4) Think Maryland isn’t imposing inside? The Terps actually have 141 blocked shots. Cal has swatted only 64 attempts, with no one blocking more than 14.
5) Jamal Boykin, formerly of Duke, starts for California. Boykin did play against Maryland when he was with the Blue Devils, logging two minutes, a rebound, a turnover and two fouls in two games in 2006.
6) Cal can shoot; the Golden Bears are an impressive 48.5 percent from the floor and 43.4 percent from 3-point land. Maryland’s numbers, by comparison, are 42.2 percent and 33.1 percent.
7) Big man Jordan Wilkes’ brother Omar played for Cal earlier this decade.
8) California is 2-2 all-time against ACC teams in the NCAA tournament; a 1993 defeat of Duke that ended Bobby Hurley‘s college career; a 1997 loss to North Carolina that was the penultimate triumph in Dean Smith‘s career; and then a first-round split with N.C. State in 2003 (win) and 2006 (loss).
9) Former Cal coach Todd Bozeman will be in Kansas City with his new team, Morgan State.
10) According to Cal’s website, guard Patrick Christopher‘s godbrother is Tayshaun Prince.
—- Patrick Stevens