Basketball: Cal to face Utah Valley

Cal has announced first-round matchups for its Dec. 28-29 Golden Bear Classic, and the Bears will open on the Monday night vs. Utah Valley. The Wolverines were 17-11 last year against a soft independent schedule, but return without their two leading scorers, including senior guard Ryan Toolson, who averaged 23.8 points and scored 63 in a win over Chicago State.

UC Santa Barbara (16-15) and Furman (6-24) will meet in the other opening-round game. Times have yet to be set.

And, yes, I’m back from vacation, so we’ll begin to mix in some basketball posts with Jonathan’s football camp updates.

Jeff Faraudo