Mike Montgomery went out of his way after the game to suggest the Pac-10 deserves three bids into the NCAA Tournament, and perhaps ESPN.com “bracketologist” Joe Lunardi was listening.
Lunardi tonight added Arizona State to his “last four in” list and has Washington as one of his “first four out.”
So the conference is closer to three NCAA berths than anytime in months.
— Patrick Christopher repeated what he said earlier in the week, that the Bears had no interest in sharing the Pac-10 title with anyone. “It was very important for us to be able to accomplish something that hasn’t been done in 50 years,” he said. “I think it says a lot to get it on our own. It would have been tough to lose a game like this and go into (Pac-10) tournament. We’re rolling now.”
— Landry Fields said if he had a Pac-10 Player of the Year vote, his would go to Jerome Randle. Randle then said he’d vote for Fields. The coaches, whose vote determines the award, are not allowed to vote for their only player, although Montgomery said, “I like my guy.” He also said he’d already sent his vote to the Pac-10 office.
— Asked what he told his team at halftime when the Bears led 34-30, Montgomery said, “I was more concerned before the game than I was at halftime,” he said. “I was worried that the sense of urgency wasn’t there. I’ve been worrying for 40 years in this business, so nothing changes. I felt like it would be a shame to come this far with this group of guys in this season and give it any less than our best effort in this particular game. I know Stanford’s a good team. I know they can beat you.”
— Randle, who scored just 11 points, has 1,744 for his career — 32 behind Sean Lampley’s school record. He ranks 13th all-time in Bay Area Division I history. Christopher’s 23 points pushed his career total to 1,633 points.
— Randle shrugged when asked about his 2-for-10 shooting effort from the field. “I don’t know what to do about that,” he said. “All I can do is keep shooting. I have my moments. As long as I get the win, I’m happy.”
— Randle shot 6-for-6 from the FT line and is now converting 92.7 percent. He has missed just nine of 123 attempts all season.
— Rande’s five assists push his career total to 510, just 11 behind Kevin Johnson, who ranks second on Cal’s career list.
— Christopher played in his 128th game, a Cal record.
— Christopher said he changed shoes at halftime because one of them was ripping on the side. “It was bothering me,” he said. “It was pulling when I would cut.”
— Jamal Boykin had 13 points and seven rebounds, his ninth double-digit scoring game in Pac-10 play. The Bears have won all nine.
— Cal turned the ball over only eight times and has just 14 turnovers the past two games.
— Cal has a four-game win streak for the first time all season, and has won seven of eight.