Cal’s debut under new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin will be Friday, Nov. 14 at Haas Pavilion against an opponent yet-to-be named in the 2K Sports Classic.
A Dec. 22 game against Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin highlights the Bears’ 2014-15 nonconference schedule, announced Tuesday by the school. The Badgers return three double-digit scorers from the team that started 16-0 last season, finishing 30-8 after a Final Four loss to Kentucky.
The Bears will play 13 games prior to the start of the Pac-12 schedule, nine of them at Haas Pavilion.
They open with home games on Nov. 14 and 16 as part of the 2K Sports Classic. Opponents for those games will be announced next month.
Then, regardless of the results in those games, Cal will play at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21 in the final two rounds of the same event. Other teams participating in New York will be Syracuse, Iowa and Texas. Matchups have not been announced.
Cal’s nonconference home schedule resumes Nov. 26 against Cal Poly. Former Bears’ associate head coach Travis DeCuire will return to Haas as head coach of his alma mater, Montana, on Dec. 3. The game will mark the first meeting between Cal and Montana since 1930.
The Bears also play home games against Wyoming (Dec. 10), Princeton (Dec. 13), Eastern Washington (Dec. 19) and Cal State Bakersfield (Dec.28).
Their two remaining road games will be at Fresno State (Nov. 30) and Nevada (Dec. 7).
The 2014-15 nonconference schedule was arranged by previous coach Mike Montgomery’s staff. Martin had no influence on the lineup of opponents his first team will face.
Game times have yet to be determined. The Pac-12 schedule will be announced later this month.