Just in case you were wondering, we did the math: If Jerome Randle could score for an entire game at the pace he did Thursday night against Arizona when he put up 17 points in 4 minutes, 24 seconds, he’d have 154 points.
Our research department tells us that would be a record.
Cal coach Mike Montgomery’s explanation: “That’s what he does.”
Well, not the 154 points part exactly.
No, the part where the 5-foot-8 senior point guard finds just the right moment in the game, unleashes a holy flurry of points and rips the other team’s heart out.
“If he gets open shots and he’s feeling it,” Montgomery allowed, “it’s pretty much going to go down. But the same thing is with Pat and Theo.
“He didn’t necessarily play better — he shot better,” Montgomery said of Randle’s second-half outburst in the Bears’ 95-71 victory. “So then, of course, those 3s — bang, bang, bang. It makes us very difficult to defend.”
Monty actually missed a “bang,” as Randle hit four 3s during that span, but the point is the same: If the guy gets going, look out.
It’s hard to imagine Randle and his teammates won’t be floating just above the floor at Haas Pavilion this afternoon when the Golden Bears face second-place Arizona State with a chance to lock up at least a tie for their first Pac-10 championship in 50 seasons.
The noon tipoff will be preceded by Senior Day ceremonies that are sure to get all the moms crying. The Bears have five seniors, seemingly more than the rest of the Pac-10 combined. They were the reason Cal was picked four months ago to win the league, and they’re the reason it could happen today.