Cal Ranked No. 21 in Blue Ribbon Preseason Poll
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Release:  09/21/2011

Sept. 21, 2011

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BERKELEY - The California men's basketball team received the No. 21 ranking in the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25 poll on Wed., Sept. 21. The Golden Bears were one of three Pac-12 teams to earn rankings. Arizona holds the highest spot at No. 10 and UCLA comes in a couple of spots behind Cal at No. 23. North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference was selected as the top-ranked team in the nation.

The Bears return All-Pac-10 seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp, and 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe. Cal finished 18-15 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

Arizona went 30-8 in 2010-11 and returns 11 letterwinners from a team that won the regular season Pac-10 title and reached the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to eventual NCAA champion Connecticut. Seniors Kyle Fogg and Jesse Perry are among top returners for the Wildcats.

Reeves Nelson and Josh Smith return to the UCLA frontcourt, while twin transfers David and Travis Wear join the roster. The Bruins went 23-11 in 2010-11, finished second in the Pac-10, and advanced to the third round of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Cal tips off the regular season with a Fri., Nov. 11 game against UC Irvine at Haas Pavilion. Please visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


1 North Carolina
2 Kentucky
3 Ohio State
4 Syracuse
5 Connecticut
6 Duke
7 Vanderbilt
8 Pittsburgh
9 Florida
10 Arizona
11 Kansas
12 Memphis
13 Louisville
14 Xavier
15 Wisconsin
16 Texas A&M
17 Florida State
18 Alabama
19 Baylor
20 Michigan State
21 California
22 Marquette
24 Missouri
25 Michigan