TIPOFF: 5 p.m. Saturday at Haas Pavilion. TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/910 AM.
The Bears close out their nonconference schedule with a third straight home game before heading to Los Angeles next week for Pac-12 Conference openers at UCLA on Thursday and USC on Saturday.
Cal will be forced to match up defensively against a Harvard squad that starts four guards and no one taller than 6-foot-6. That will force one of the Bears’ big men to stray to the perimeter on defense.
This would be an ideal game for the Bears to utilize sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow, but he is listed as day-to-day with lingering foot discomfort and it seems likely coach Mike Montgomery will hold him out for the second straight game.
At the offensive end, the Bears should be able to take advantage of their size edge and pound the ball in to Richard Solomon or David Kreklow. Solomon is coming off a career-high 18 points in Cal’s win last week over Prairie View A&M.
ABOUT THE CRIMSON: Coach Tommy Amaker’s squad employs a four-guard set and shoots a lot of 3-pointers. Harvard converts 40.4 percent as a team, hitting an average of 6.3 shots per game from beyond the arc. … Freshman Siyani Chamers of Golden Valley, Minn., starts at point guard. … Harvard is 1-3 on the road, with a win at Boston College. … The Crimson, which has won its past two games, stays in the Bay Area to take on Saint Mary’s in a New Year’s Eve matchup.
THE SERIES: Cal leads 2-0. The Bears won 69-54 in Berkeley in 2001 and 77-74 in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1970.
ETC: Justin Cobbs shot 5 for 9 in the win over Prairie View A&M after converting just 17 of 45 attempts in his previous four games. … Freshman guard Tyrone Wallace, who will start his third straight game, has totaled 23 points, 23 rebounds and nine assists over the past three outings, but is 7 for 27 shooting. … Cal is 21-4 all-time vs. teams from the Ivy League. The Bears are 2-2 vs. Penn, 1-1 vs. Cornell and 3-1 vs. Princeton. They are unbeaten against Harvard, Take, Columbia and Dartmouth, and have never faced Brown.
WHAT’S NEXT: Cal plays UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, Thursday, Jan. 3. Tipoff is 8 p.m.
|SG Allen Crabbe||6-6||Jr.||20.4||5.7|
|PF Richard Solomon||6-10||Jr.||8.9||6.3|
|PF David Kravish||6-9||So.||6.5||7.6|
|PG Justin Cobbs||6-2||Jr.||16.5||3.8*|
|SG Tyrone Wallace||6-3||Fr.||6.5||4.7|
|G Brandon Smith||5-11||Sr.||3.5||2.5*|
|C Robert Thurman||6-10||Sr.||5.6||3.6|
|G Ricky Kreklow||6-6||So.||5.5||3.3|
|F Jonah Travis||6-6||So.||8.7||4.9|
|SG Wesley Saunders||6-15||So.||15.8||3.4*|
|SG Laurent Rivard||6-5||Jr.||12.7||5.1|
|SG Christian Webster||6-5||Sr.||9.1||3.2|
|PG Siyani Chambers||6-0||Fr.||12.7||5.1*|
|C Kenyatta Smith||6-8||So.||5.0||3.8|
|F Steve Moundou-Missi||6-7||So.||4.6||4.2|
|F Agunwa Okolie||6-8||Fr.||3.3||1.4|