The Cal basketball team's four senior starters, who will play their final regular-season home games tonight against Arizona and Saturday against Arizona State, have accumulated some mega-numbers.
Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson each has topped 1,000 career points, and Jamal Boykin, who began his college days at Duke, has scored 815 since arriving in Berkeley.
Randle is ruthlessly assaulting Cal's record books. He has climbed to No. 2 on the school's career scoring list with 1,702 points — and Sean Lampley's record of 1,776 is within reach.
Randle, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Chicago, needs six assists to become just the sixth player in Pac-10 history with at least 1,700 points and 500 assists, joining conference legends Gary Payton and Brevin Knight.
But this season — and especially this weekend — is not about stats for those seniors. They want to etch some lasting history for a school that has not won a conference title since 1960.
"Winning this championship would maybe put Cal on the map," Randle said. "I know me and Patrick and Theo talked about it at the beginning of the season. We talked about building a legacy. It starts right here."
The Bears (18-9, 10-5) will try to avenge an earlier loss to Arizona (13-13, 7-7) at 6 tonight, then take on second-place Arizona State (19-8, 9-5) in a noon tipoff Saturday on Senior Day.
Cal can clinch the No. 1 seed for the March 10-13 Pac-10 tournament by sweeping both games. But the Bears will need help — an ASU loss tonight at Stanford and a USC home defeat to either of the Oregon schools — to possibly lock up the outright regular-season crown by Saturday.
Boykin said Randle's pursuit of the scoring record doesn't detract from the team's goal.
"Jerome's a winner," Boykin said. "With all the individual accolades he's won, the cherry on top is winning the Pac-10 championship."
Boykin envisions the day 10 or 20 years from now he returns to campus to celebrate being part of the team that ended the 50-year drought.
"As I look back on teams I remember the most, it was the teams that were most successful," Boykin said. "Being part of history, that would mean the world."
Coach Mike Montgomery, who is in his second season at Berkeley, won four Pac-10 crowns at rival Stanford, but it took him 13 seasons to get the first one.
He said Cal's five seniors, including reserve guard Nikola Knezevic, have mostly done what he's asked and have accomplished a lot. Finishing the job can put them in a separate category.
"The thing people would remember if we were able to stay on top of this thing is that this was the group that did that," Montgomery said. "That would make it a little more special."
All five seniors were recruited by former coach Ben Braun, fired after the 2007-08 season when the Bears finished ninth in the Pac-10. After going 33-33 in 2007 and '08, Cal is 40-20 the past two seasons.
"Honestly, it would say a lot because we've gone through so much," Christopher said of capturing the Pac-10 title. "I think it validates so much when you do win."
Robertson, a De La Salle High product, earned his Cal degree last spring then returned as a fifth-year senior. He said there has been no locker room talk about the NCAA Tournament, usually the focal point this time of year.
"We haven't been shy about our goals this year in trying to win the (conference) championship," he said. "This is really now the time of the year where your legacy starts to be defined and written.
"This is exciting."
Career points produced by seniors on each Pac-10 men's basketball team:
School Players Points
1. Cal Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo
Robertson, Jamal Boykin, Nikola Knezevic 5,475
2. Oregon State Seth Tarver, Roeland Schaftenaar,
Josh Tarver, Calvin Hampton 2,669
3. Oregon Tajuan Porter, Joevan Catron 2,249
4. Arizona State Derek Glasser, Jerren Shipp, Eric Boateng 2,001
5. USC Dwight Lewis, Marcus Johnson, Mike Gerrity 1,859
6. UCLA Michael Roll, Nikola Dragovic, James Keefe 1,830
7. Stanford Landry Fields, Drew Shiller 1,662
8. Washington Quincy Pondexter 1,639
9. Arizona Nic Wise 1,228
10. Washington State Nikola Koprivica 495
Note: For transfer players, only points scored for current team are included.
today: vs. Arizona, 6 p.m. TV: ESPN