Basketball: Bears release 2011-12 schedule

Cal opens its 2011-12 season at home against UC Irvine on Friday, Nov. 11 and will play non-conference games away from home against Georgia, San Diego State and UNLV before tipping off the first Pac-12 Conference schedule Dec. 29 against USC at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears play UC San Diego in an exhibition game on Nov. 1.

In addition to Irvine, the non-conference slate features home games against George Washington (Nov. 13), Austin Peay (Nov. 15), Denver (Nov. 26), McNeese State (Nov. 28), San Jose State (Dec. 7), Jackston State (Dec. 11), Weber State (Dec. 16) and UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 19). The GWU and Austin Peay games are part of the College Basketball Experience tournament.

The Bears’ three toughest non-conference games will be played away from home. Cal faces Georgia in the semifinals of the CBE on Nov. 21 at Kansas City, then will take on either Notre Dame or Missouri the next night.

Cal visits San Diego State on Dec. 4 and plays at UNLV on Dec. 23 in its final game before the start of the Pac-12.

New conference members Colorado and Utah make their debut at Berkeley on Jan 12 and 14, respectively. Cal then returns the visit, playing at Utah on Feb. 23 and at Colorado on Feb. 26.

Cal’s game vs. Stanford will be played Jan. 29 at Berkeley at March 4 at Maples Pavilion.

In the 18-game double-round robin schedule, Cal this season will miss playing at Arizona and Arizona State, and home games against Washington and Washington State.

Here’s the Bears’ full 2011-12 schedule.

Jeff Faraudo