Cal will face Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2009 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with the chance to perhaps take on defending NCAA champion North Carolina in the title game.
The Gazelle Group, which organizes the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, announced the pairings today for the Thursday, Nov. 19 semifinals. The Golden Bears (22-11) will face the Orange (28-10) in the 4 p.m. PST game, with UNC (34-4) battling Ohio State (22-11) in the late game.
The consolation and championship games will be played on Friday, Nov. 20.
This will be Cal’s first-ever meeting with Syracuse, which returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since last year’s Big East Tournament, where it beat Connecticut in a six-overtime quarterfinal game. The Bears’ most recent appearance at MSG came in 1999, when they beat Clemson 61-60 to win the postseason NIT.
Cal opens its season with home games in the Coaches vs. Cancer event on Monday, Nov. 9 against Murray State, then Wednesday, Nov. 11 vs. Detroit. The Bears will advance to the semifinals in New York regardless of the results of the opening-round games.
Tickets for games at Madison Square Garden can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 212 307-7171.