Aug. 29, 2012
BERKELEY - The California men's basketball team will make an unprecedented 28 appearances on television during the 2012-13 regular season, including 11 games on the ESPN family of networks, six on Fox Sports Net and 11 on the new Pac-12 Networks, the conference announced on Wednesday.
The 28 televised regular-season games is the most in school history as all 18 Pac-12 contests will be televised for the first time. To-date, all but two of Cal's 30 regular-season games will be televised. Television agreements have yet to be announced by other conferences for the Golden Bears' games at Denver (Nov. 16) and at Wisconsin (Dec. 2).
The Pac-12 men's basketball package includes 150 games aired on the Pac-12 Networks, 47 on ESPN/ESPN2/ ESPNU (including the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on ESPN), 22 games on FSN, and two nationally on CBS.
The Bears will make 11 appearances nationally on the ESPN family of networks, beginning with their first-round game in the Anaheim Classic against Drake (Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m.) on ESPN2. Their two additional games in the Anaheim Classic will also be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Cal's game against Washington (Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.) inside Haas Pavilion will also air on ESPN2. Either ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast the Bears' clash with UCLA (Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.) at Haas Pavilion. The regular-season finale against Stanford (March 6 at 8 p.m.) at Haas Pavilion will air on ESPN.
Cal will play five games on ESPNU, beginning with its first home contest in the month of December against UNLV (Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.). The Bears will also appear on the channel against Oregon State (Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.), at Oregon (Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.), and at home against Utah (Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.) and Colorado (March 2 at 2 p.m.).
Fox Sports Net (FSN) will broadcast Cal's two games in Los Angeles against UCLA (Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.) and USC (Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.). The Bears' road clash with Stanford (Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m.), trip to Colorado (Jan. 27 at 12:30 p.m.) and home contests against Oregon (Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m.) and USC (Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.) will also air as part of FSN's television package.
Cal is slated to appear on the brand new Pac-12 Networks 11 times, including its first two games of the regular season at home against CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.) and Pepperdine (Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m.). The conference's new networks will also broadcast home contests against Creighton (Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.), USCB (Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.), Prairie View A&M (Dec. 22 at either 2 or 4 p.m.), Harvard (Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m.) and Washington State (Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.). Four of Cal's road contests in league action will air on the Pac-12 Networks, including Utah (Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m.), Arizona State (Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m.), Arizona (Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.) and Oregon State (Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.).
The Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks and ESPN.
The Bears tied for second in the Pac-12's inaugural season in 2011-12 with a 13-5 record in league games. In each of head coach Mike Montgomery's four years at Cal, the Bears have finished among the top four in the conference and advanced to play in the postseason; three times to the NCAA tournament.
Cal will be led by last season's leading scorer and rebounder, junior guard Allen Crabbe, who was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference first team after averaging 15.2 points per game. Junior guard Justin Cobbs, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention, finished second in the conference with 5.1 assists per game. Sophomore forward David Kravish notched 41 blocked shots; eighth most in a single season at Cal, en route to being named to the five-man Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.