BERKELEY - California opens the 2013-14 men's basketball season on Friday, Nov. 8, against Coppin State at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Tip-off is set for 9:06 p.m. (PT) in the second game of an exciting season-opening doubleheader with the Cal women’s basketball team. The women host Long Beach State at 6 p.m. (PT).
For ticket information, click here. Admission for students is free for Friday night's basketball doubleheader.
Friday’s contest will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Dan Belluomini (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will also broadcast all the action on KGO 810 AM with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and former Cal assistant coach Jay John (analyst) bringing you all the action from the court. Fans can also listen to the game for free on the Tune In app on CalBears.com. The Cal/IMG broadcast will begin with a pre-game show at 8:30 p.m. (PT).
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES
• The 2013-14 Golden Bears return four of five starters - senior guard Justin Cobbs, senior forward Richard Solomon, junior forward David Kravish and sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace - from last season’s 21-12 team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
• In all, Cal returns 61 percent of its scoring from last season, including five of their top seven scorers.
• Cal’s top-two rebounders and shot blockers return in David Kravish and Richard Solomon. Kravish led the Bears with 6.9 rpg. and broke the school record with a team-best 63 blocks a season ago. He ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in blocks per game and 11th in the league in rebounds per contest. Solomon averaged 6.8 rpg. to go along with 37 blocks last season.
•Justin Cobbs enters the season as the Pac-12 Conference’s active career leader in assists with 327 in his first two seasons as a Golden Bear after transferring from Minnesota. He was named a preseason candidate for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.
•The Bears welcome a top-20 recruiting class nationally, including McDonald’s All-American Jabari Bird and fellow former scholastic standouts Jordan Mathews, Sam Singer, Kameron Rooks and Roger Moute a Bidias. Bird, one of the highest rated scholastic student-athletes nationally in last year’s class, scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes of action in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game last spring.
• Cal is the only school to place in the top four in the league and win at least 10 conference games each of the past five seasons.
• Cal is coming off its winningest five-year stretch in more than 50 years with 109 total victories in head coach Mike Montgomery’s first five season.
• Mike Montgomery enters the 2013-14 season as the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I head men’s basketball coach with 657 career victories in 31 seasons of collegiate coaching. Montgomery owns 272 career Pac-12 victories and is just four wins shy of tying Oregon State’s Slats Gill as the third-winningest coach in league history after passing Washington’s Hec Edmundson in 2013.