2009-10 Record: 23-10
Nobody in the Pac-10 lost more than the Bears did from their last season’s conference championship team.
Mike Montgomery replaces four of his five starters, as well as most of his team’s points (83 percent), shooting (89 percent) and boards (64 percent) from a year ago.
The departed senior foursome of Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin accounted for 5,796 points during their Cal careers, with Randle finishing as the school's all-time scoring king with 1,849 points.
The Bears can try to build from the inside-out with 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior power forward Harper Kamp and 6-7, 265-pound center Markhuri Sanders-Frison.
Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez will provide some solid back-court experience.
Gutierrez, Kamp, and freshman Gary Franklin are averaging double-figures as the Bears have won their first two games of the new season.
Montgomery has led his past 12 college teams to the NCAA tournament. I doubt that streak moves to 13.