Jorge has made a convincing argument that he should be part of the All-Pac-10 Team in addition to the All-Pac-10 Defensive Team. His offensive explosion this month (22.3 ppg after last night's win) has exceeded all expectations.
Known mostly for his hustle, feistiness and defensive play his first two seasons, Gutierrez is averaging 22.2 points over six games this month after his career-high 34-point effort against UCLA.
That's a higher February average than Arizona's Derrick Williams, Washington State's Klay Thompson or anyone else in the Pac-10.
Coach Mike Montgomery said the Bears were just looking for a player who would compete when he made the Chihuahua, Mexico, native his first recruit three years ago.
"He's more of a glue guy. I think he's had to assume more of a scoring role than he's comfortable with," Montgomery said. "He's obviously done a great job, but I don't think that's what he wants to do."
What Gutierrez wants to do is whatever is necessary.
"The team needed me to score," said Gutierrez, who averaged 5.1 points per game his first two seasons at Cal. "I don't mind scoring. I don't think anybody does."
Still, Gutierrez's recent hot streak points to the development of his all-around game. For the season, he averages 14.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game and is third in the conference in free throws made with 134.
"He's proven to be a better scorer than we expected," Montgomery said.
After the jump the NFL Combine begins, Ted Miller looks at who generated and stopped explosive running plays, and women's basketball's woes continue.
- After being down 16 in the first half, the Bears played some solid defense in the second half to run away with an 81-71 victory.
- The Bears shot 62% in the second half and held the Ducks to 42% shooting.
- February has been unkind to the women's team. The Bears lost their sixth straight, falling 46-60 to the Ducks.
- Ted Miller looks at who created and who stopped explosive running plays last season. Cal rates low on offense (11 runs of 20+ yards) but high on defense (9 runs of 20+ yards, three of which were against Nevada).
- The NFL combine is underway. If you have the NFL Network, you can see Chris Conte, Shane Vereen, Cameron Jordan, and Mike Mohamed participate in drills during the six-day event.