Basketball: Bears announce 2012-13 schedule — will open Nov. 11 vs. Cal State Bakersfield

Cal will open its 2012-13 schedule Nov. 11 against Cal State Bakersfield at Haas Pavilion.
The highlight of the non-conference home schedule will be a Dec. 9 matchup against UNLV, which posted a 26-9 record last season.
Cal opens Pac-12 Conference play in Los Angeles with games against UCLA on Jan. 3 and USC on Jan. 5.
The Bears’ games against rival Stanford will be played Jan. 19 at Maples Pavilion and March 6 at Haas in the conference regular-season finale.
UCLA visits Berkeley on Feb. 14. Cal will not play Arizona at home this season.
The 2013 Pac-12 tournament will be held in Las Vegas for the first time, beginning March 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Cal plays 16 of its 31 regular-season games at home, and will face 12 opponents who won at least 20 games last season, five who advanced to the NCAA tournament.
The Bears’ non-conference schedule also includes a Thanksgiving weekend trek to the Anaheim Classic, where they open Nov. 22 against Drake, and a Dec. 2 trip to Madison, Wis., for a game aganst the Wisconsin Badgers, 26-10 a year ago.
Cal will be led by junior all-Pac-12 guard Allen Crabbe, who helped the team to a tie for second in the Pac-12 last season and into the NCAA tournament.

Jeff Faraudo

  • steveNTexas

    Way too many cupcakes. Drake was ranked 139 on Sagarin, Pepperdine 269, Prairie View 325 umm I can’t seem to find CS Bakersfield maybe they meant Long Beach. I can’t seem to find UC Santa Barbara either they must have meant UCLA.
    Wisconsin is the only good team although Harvard was decent last year.

  • rob bear

    If you look at most of the top programs, they too have some “cupcakes.” As per the list above, Santa Barbara was no cupcake. They were pretty damn good. Ever heard of Creighton? They’re good too….

  • steveNTexas

    Creighton was good – at one time last year they were a top 3 point shooting team. Santa Barbara was not ranked in the top 100 so we don’t agree there. I think they were around 115.

    Many top programs do play a couple of cupcakes, we play more of them. They will probably publish an SOS and we can better discern at that time.

  • BlueNGold

    Perhaps the current budget constraints are driving scheduling more California teams and fewer out of state games in the non conference season?

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Usual nonsense posts. We do not play more ‘cupcakes’ and looking at other teams OOC schedules shows that.

    With 12 OOC games, 6 are tough games that should be against NCAA teams. Wisconsin, UNLV, Harvard, Creightion, 2 Anahiem games.

    This is solid scheduling and better than recent years. Cal faces serious difficulty getting teams to come play at Haas since we usually win, especially East Coast teams who have little to gain by flying out. Props to Wisconsin for ‘bucking’ that trend.

    So I know some people think NCAA scheduling means simply making a friendly phone call, but this schedule is certainly hard enough Cal and represents a great opportunity to get wins vs good teams.