Aug. 5, 2010
BERKELEY - The 2010-11 California men's basketball schedule features up to eight nonconference opponents that won at least 20 games last season, all of which advanced to the postseason including Kansas, which is making its first visit to Berkeley since 1956, and the Golden Bears have 17 games inside Haas Pavilion, head coach Mike Montgomery announced on Thursday.
Cal begins its defense of the 2010 Pac-10 championship on Nov. 16 when the Bears host Cal State Northridge at home, and the Pac-10 slate starts on Jan. 2 when Cal treks down the Peninsula to face Stanford at Maples Pavilion. The final home game is March 5 when the Cardinal comes to town. In all, the schedule calls for 30 regular-season games before the Pac-10 Tournament.
Following the season opener against Cal State Northridge, the Bears host New Mexico on Nov. 20, the second game of a home-and-home series. The Lobos defeated Cal, 86-78, last year in Albuquerque on their way to the Mountain West Conference title.
After participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York last season, Cal will make another East Coast trip, this time to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Old Spice Classic Nov. 25-28. The Bears will be joined in Orlando by Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Georgia, Temple, Boston College and Manhattan. In the first round, Cal will face Temple on Thursday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Among the field, Cal is one of five teams that won 20 games last season (also Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Temple). The games represent a return to the state of Florida for the Bears, who played in Jacksonville for the first two rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, a year ago. Wisconsin and Temple were also in that regional.
Cal remains at home for six of their next seven games to round out the nonconference portion of the schedule. Following a contest against UC Davis on Dec. 1, the Bears travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Cal was victorious when the Cyclones came to Berkeley last season, 82-63.
San Diego State and Southern Mississippi, two 20-game winners from 2009-10, make their way to Haas Pavilion on Dec. 8 and 12, respectively. Cal owns a 4-3 all-time record against the Aztecs with the last meeting taking place in 2007, while the Bears opened the 2007-08 campaign against Southern Miss with a 67-59 victory.
Sandwiched between home games against Cal Poly and Hartford, the Bears host Kansas on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Like New Mexico, this is the second game of a home-and-home series. Cal fell victim in Lawrence, Kan., last year, 84-69, despite putting up a strong fight against the then-top ranked Jayhawks. KU's only previous game on the Cal campus was a 66-56 win for the Jayhawks, who were ranked seventh nationally at the time and were led by center Wilt Chamberlain.
After opening the conference slate with three consecutive road games - at Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State - Cal welcomes the Washington schools to Berkeley. In a rematch of the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament final, the Bears face Washington on Sunday, Jan. 16 at Haas Pavilion.
In all, 11 of Cal's 2010-11 opponents played in a postseason tournament last year: Wisconsin (NCAA), Temple (NCAA), Kansas (NCAA), New Mexico (NCAA), Notre Dame (NCAA), Washington (NCAA), Texas A&M (NCAA), San Diego State (NCAA), Arizona State (NIT), Southern Mississippi (CBI) and Oregon State (CBI).
All dates are subject to change and will not be finalized until the Pac-10 television schedule is announced prior to the start of the season. Tip-off times will also be determined at a later date.
Cal is coming off a 24-11 season in which they captured their first conference title in 50 years and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an opening victory over Louisville before falling to eventual champion Duke. Although the Bears graduated their top four scorers, including Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle, they welcome a recruiting class that is ranked 24th best in the country and is led by top-100 players Allen Crabbe and Gary Franklin Jr. Among the returning players is junior guard Jorge Gutierrez, a member of the 2010 Pac-10 All-Defensive team, and junior forward Harper Kamp is expected to return after missing all of last season with a knee injury.
Information on tickets for the upcoming season can be found here.
2010-11 California Men's Basketball Schedule
Day Date Opponent Site Wed Nov. 10 Sonoma State (exh.) Berkeley Thu Nov. 16 Cal State Northridge Berkeley Sat Nov. 20 New Mexico Berkeley Thu-Sun Nov. 25-28 at Old Spice Classic Orlando, Fla. (Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Georgia, Boston College, Manhattan, Temple, California) Wed Dec. 1 UC Davis Berkeley Sat Dec. 4 at Iowa State Ames, Iowa Wed Dec. 8 San Diego State Berkeley Sun Dec. 12 Southern Mississippi Berkeley Sat Dec. 18 Cal Poly Berkeley Wed Dec. 22 Kansas Berkeley Tue Dec. 28 Hartford Berkeley Sun Jan. 2 at Stanford Stanford, Calif. Thu Jan. 6 at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Sat Jan. 8 at Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. Thu Jan. 13 Washington State Berkeley Sun Jan. 16 Washington Berkeley Thu Jan. 20 at UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Sat Jan. 22 at USC Los Angeles, Calif. Thu Jan. 27 Oregon State Berkeley Sat Jan. 29 Oregon Berkeley Thu Feb. 3 Arizona State Berkeley Sat Feb. 5 Arizona Berkeley Thu Feb. 10 at Washington Seattle, Wash. Sat Feb. 12 at Washington State Pullman, Wash. Thu Feb. 17 USC Berkeley Sun Feb. 20 UCLA Berkeley Thu Feb. 24 at Oregon Eugene, Ore. Sat Feb. 26 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. Sat March 5 Stanford Berkeley Wed-Sat March 9-12 at Pac-10 Tournament Los Angeles, Calif.
Home games (in bold) at Haas Pavilion