LAST SEASON: 18-15, 10-8 (tied for fourth in Pac-10)
COACH: Mike Montgomery, fourth season at Cal, 64-40; 30th season overall, 611-281
KEY PLAYERS: Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez (14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists), senior forward Harper Kamp (14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds), sophomore guard Allen Crabbe (13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds)
SCOUTING REPORT: In Gutierrez, Kamp and Crabbe, the Bears have three of the top seven returning scorers in the conference. Each had 30-point games last season, and all three shot better than 80 percent from the foul line. Crabbe, the reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, averaged 16.9 points over the final 18 games. ... Montgomery said rebounding is his biggest concern. ... Junior
Brandon Smith returns at point guard, and will get help from sophomore
Justin Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota. Cobbs, with more of a scorer's mentality, can also play shooting guard. ... The Bears hope 6-10 sophomore forward
Richard Solomon's low-post game has matured. ...
Robert Thurman and 6-9 freshman forward
David Kravish, who both played well on the team's summer tour of Northern Europe. ... There is no timetable for redshirt freshman
Alex Rossi, who sat out last year and continues to be plagued by a lower-abdominal injury. ... The Bears' four stiffest nonconference tests come away from home. They face Georgia and either Notre Dame or Missouri on Nov. 21-22 at Kansas City, travel to San Diego State on Dec. 4 and UNLV on Dec. 23.
-- JEFF FARAUDO