Allen Crabbe was honored Monday as Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring 31 points to spark Cal’s win over then-No. 7 Arizona on Sunday at McKale Center.
Crabbe shot 12 for 15 from the field, had seven rebounds and five assists as the Bears beat the Wildcats in Tucson for just the second time since the 1994-95 season.
Crabbe continues to lead the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.8 ppg.
Other notes related to the Bears and their big win:
– Cal vaulted 16 spots from No. 75 to No. 59 in the latest RPI computer rankings. That still leaves them very much on the outside of the NCAA tournament bubble, but it’s a nice bump with the opportunity for another jump on Thursday againsst UCLA.
– With wins over then-No. 10 Oregon and the Wildcats, the Bears have beaten two top-10 opponents in the same season for the first time since the 1998-99 season, when they did it three times. That season, an unranked Cal team d. No. 9 North Carolina 78-71 at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, and No. 9 UCLA 85-69 and No. 7 Arizona 89-76, both in conference home games.
– Cal had not beaten an Arizona team ranked as high as No. 7 since the aforementioned win in 1998-99. The Bears hadn’t scored a road win over a Wildcats squad ranked as high as No. 7 since a 98-93 overtime win over the No. 6 Cats on Jan. 13, 1994 in which Lamond Murray scored 33 points and Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
– The victory was coach Mike Montgomery’s 266th in a conference game, tying him for No. 4 all-time with Washington’s Hec Edmundson (1921-47). Next up: Oregon State’s Slats Gill (1929-64) with 276 conference victories.
– Crabbe passed Roy Fisher and Ansley Truitt on Cal’s career scoring list and now ranks No. 13 with 1,385 points.
– The Bears played about as well as possible in the second half at Arizona, missing just eight shots and committing five turnovers while limiting the Wildcats to 36.7 percent.