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Basketball: Pac-12 scheduled unveiled

Cal will open Pac-12 basketball play at home against Washington on Friday, Jan. 2, the conference announced Monday. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Bears’ two games against rival Stanford will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Haas Pavilion, and Saturday, Feb. 21 at Maples Pavilion.

Pac-12 favorite Arizona visits Cal on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the Bears visit the Wildcats on Thursday, March 5. Cal closes the Pac-12 regular season on Saturday, March 7 at Arizona State.

The Bears visit UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 11, and play host to the Bruins on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The Pac-12 tournament will again be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, March 11-14.

Cal will skip its trip to Oregon and does not have home games this season against Colorado or Utah.

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2014-15 CAL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Friday Oct. 31 Cal State East Bay% Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. No TV
Thursday Nov. 6 Cal State San Marcos% Haas Pavilion 7:30 p.m. Pac-12
Friday Nov. 14 Alcorn State# Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Sunday Nov. 16 Kennesaw State# Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Thursday Nov. 20 vs. Syracuse^ New York, N.Y. 6 p.m. ESPN2
Friday Nov. 21 vs. Iowa or Texas^ New York, N.Y. 2/4 p.m. ESPN2/U
Wednesday Nov. 26 Cal Poly Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Sunday Nov. 30 Fresno State Fresno, 3 p.m. CBSSN
Wednesday Dec. 3 Montana Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Sunday Dec. 7 Nevada Reno, Nev. 1 p.m. CBSSN
Wednesday Dec. 10 Wyoming Haas Pavilion 8 p.m. Pac-12
Saturday Dec. 13 Princeton Haas Pavilion 5:30 p.m. Pac-12
Friday Dec. 19 Eastern Washington Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Monday Dec. 22 Wisconsin Haas Pavilion 6 p.m. ESPN2
Sunday Dec. 28 CSU-Bakersfield Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Friday Jan. 2 Washington* Haas Pavilion 7 p.m. Pac-12
Sunday Jan. 4 Washington State* Haas Pavilion 3 p.m. Pac-12
Wednesday Jan. 7 at USC* Los Angeles, 8 p.m. ESPNU
Sunday Jan.11 at UCLA* Los Angeles, 4:30 p.m. FS1
Wednesday Jan. 14 Stanford* Haas Pavilion 8 p.m. ESPNU
Thursday Jan. 22 Arizona State* Haas Pavilion 8 p.m. Pac-12
Saturday Jan. 24 Arizona* Haas Pavilion 7:30 p.m. Pac-12
Thursday Jan. 29 at Washington State* Pullman, Wash. 8 p.m. Pac-12
Sunday Feb. 1 at Washington* Seattle, Noon Pac-12
Thursday Feb. 5 USC* Haas Pavilion 8 p.m. FS1
Saturday Feb. 7 UCLA* Haas Pavilion 5 p.m. Pac-12
Thursday Feb. 12 at Colorado* Boulder, Colo. 6 p.m. FS1
Sunday Feb. 15 at Utah* Salt Lake City, Utah 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday Feb. 21 at Stanford* Stanford, 3:30 p.m. Pac-12
Wednesday Feb. 25 Oregon* Haas Pavilion 8 p.m. ESPNU
Sunday March 1 Oregon State* Haas Pavilion Noon p.m. Pac-12
Thursday March 5 at Arizona* Tucson, Ariz. 6 p.m. ESPN/2
Saturday March 7 at Arizona State* Tempe, Ariz. 11:30 a.m. Pac-12
Wed.-Sat. March 11-14 Pac-12 Tournament Las Vegas, Nev. TBD P12/ESPN
Tues.-Wed. March 17-18 NCAA Tournament First Four Dayton, Ohio
Thurs.-Sun. March 19-22 NCAA Tournament 2nd & 3rd Rounds
Thurs.-Sun. March 26-29 NCAA Tournament Regionals
Sat., Mon. April 4, 6 NCAA Final Four Indianapolis, Ind.

% Exhibition

# 2K Classic regional games

^ 2K Classic semifinals and finals in New York City

* Pac-12 game

 

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Football: Will BYU be unbeaten when it visits Cal?

While watching BYU beat Houston on Thursday night to improve to 3-0, I wondered when the Cougars are likely to face a team that might beat them.

I came to this conclusion: BYU will be 11-0 when it visits Cal on Nov. 29.

That will have the Cougars – and their fans — convinced they ought to be in the mix for the College Football Playoff.

In the meantime, BYU fans will be cheering hard for Cal to have a good season, because the Cougars’ strength-of-schedule will need it.

Playing as an independent, BYU faces a schedule that won’t much impress the playoff committee: Utah State, Central Florida, Nevada, Boise State, Middle Tennessee, UNLV, Savannah State and Cal.

Hardly a gauntlet.

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Here’s the rest of Cal’s schedule, with my best guess of the record their opponents will bring on game day:

• at Arizona, Sept. 20: The Wildcats (2-0) will be 3-0 when the Bears visit after facing Nevada on Saturday. The Wolfpack beat Washington State last weekend and two years ago spoiled Memorial Stadium’s reopening. But they’ll be no match for Arizona.

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Basketball: Cal’s exhibition opener free to all

Cal announced that it’s men’s basketball exhibition opener — Cuonzo Martin’s first appearance as the Bears’ new coach — will be free to the public.

The Bears face Cal State East Bay on Friday, Oct. 31 — Halloween night — at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Cal’s second exhibition is Thursday, Nov. 6 against Cal State San Marcos. The Bears make their regular-season debut against Alcorn State on Friday, Nov. 14. The Alcorn State game is part of the 2K Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Basketball: Alcorn St is opening foe in 2K Classic

Alcorn State will visit Haas Pavilion for a Friday, Nov. 14 game that will serve as Cal’s season opener and its first game of the 2K Sports Classic.

Kennesaw State visits on Sunday, Nov. 16 in a second-round game.

Regardless of how the Bears fare in their first two games, they will advance to New York’s Madison Square Garden for games Nov. 20 against Syracuse and Nov. 21 against either Texas or Iowa.

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Football: A week by week look at Cal’s schedule

BREAKING DOWN THE 2014 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

– Saturday at Northwestern, 12:30 p.m.
The Bears will try to snap a 16-game losing streak to FBS opponents when they visit Big Ten country.

– Sept. 6 vs. Sacramento State, noon
The Bears routed the Hornets 41-3 in 2005 in their only previous clash with the FCS opponent.

– Sept. 20 at Arizona, tba
Cal’s 33-28 home loss to the Wildcats last season was the closest it came to victory in Pac-12 play.

– Sept. 27 vs. Colorado, tba
The Buffaloes prevailed 41-24 at Boulder last year in the first measure of two programs with new head coaches.

– Oct. 4 at Washington State, tba
The Bears’ most recent Pac-12 victory came nearly two years ago at WSU, but Cougars won 44-22 in Berkeley last season.

– Oct. 11 vs. Washington, tba
Cal gets its first look at Huskies under coach Chris Petersen, architect of powerhouse Boise State program.

– Oct. 18 vs. UCLA, tba
Quarterback Brett Hundley provides first of two meetings in a seven-day span vs. Heisman Trophy candidates.

– Oct. 24 vs. Oregon at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
QB Marcus Mariota is sure to make Cal’s first visit to 49ers’ new stadium a challenging assignment.

– Nov. 1 at Oregon State, tba
Cal is just 3-12 vs. Beavers since ’99 and has allowed 111 points in the past two matchups.

– Nov. 13 at USC, 6 p.m.
Bears get 12 days to prep for Thursday night bid to end 10-game losing streak to Trojans.

– Nov. 22 vs. Stanford, tba
Major goal for Sonny Dykes is to make Big Game competitive: Stanford 163-58 in past four meetings.

– Nov. 29 vs. BYU, tba
Independent Cougars get breather vs. Savannah State the week before visiting Berkeley.

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Basketball: Bears to play Syracuse at 2K Classic

Cal will play Syracuse for the third straight season when the two square off in the opening round of the 2K Classic Benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project, Nov. 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Tipoff is 6 p.m. PST and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Pairings, announced Wednesday, have Texas facing Iowa in the other semifinal.

The championship game will be played Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. PST, preceded at 2 p.m. by the consolation game.

Cal is 0-3 all-time vs. the Orange, including a 92-81 loss last season at the Maui Invitational and a 66-60 setback in the 2013 NCAA tournament at San Jose.

The teams’ first meeting was in 2010 at the 2K Classic in New York, where Syracuse scored a decisive 95-73 win over a Cal squad that went on to win the Pac-10 title.

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Football: Could Bears make future visits to Levi’s?

Cal’s visit to Levi’s Stadium to face Oregon on Friday, Oct. 24 may not be the Bears’ only trek to the South Bay in coming years.

Coach Sonny Dykes, while acknowledging he’d prefer never to take a home game out of Memorial Stadium, conceded it could happen again.

“I don’t know. That’s going to be something we have to talk about with our new leadership, to figure out where we’re going moving forward,“ Dykes said during Wednesday’s Bay Area College Football Media Day at the 49ers’ new home facility.

The problem is that all schools in the Pac-12 are required by the current media rights agreement to play two weeknight home games every three years. That creates a severe challenge for Cal, where parking on campus is limited. Spaces used by fans on Saturdays are taken by students, faculty and staff during the week.

“You always want to play games in your own stadium. We have one of these best venues, if not the best, in college football,” Dykes said. “Moving a game from that venue, there’s got to be a reason for it.

“This year, there’s clearly a reason, Playing on a weeknight in Berkeley is a very difficult thing to do because of classes and parking.”

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Women’s basketball: Visit by Louisville highlights Bears’ challenging nonconference schedule

The Cal women’s basketball team announced its nonconference schedule on Wednesday, a challenging 11-game set that includes a rematch of the Bears’ 2013 Final Four game against Louisville.

The Cardinals, Elite Eight participants at 33-5 last season, will visit Haas Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 21. Louisville beat Cal 64-57 in the Final Four at New Orleans two seasons ago.

“Each and every year, we want to bring one of the nation’s top teams into Haas Pavilion, where we have one of the most exciting college basketball atmospheres you can find,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “We are thrilled that Jeff Walz and Louisville will be coming to town, and I know our fans will be ready for a ‘Final 4 rematch.’

“Most importantly, it’s a game that will garner national attention and allow our players to play on the biggest stage.”

The Bears’ regular season opener is Sunday, November 16 at Stockton against Pacific. The home opener will be Tuesday, November 18 against Nevada.

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Football: Cal-Northwestern kickoff time set

Cal’s season opener Aug. 30 at Northwestern has been set for a 12:30 p.m. PT kickoff. The game will be shown on ABC and ESPN2.

The Bears and Wildcats opened the 2013 season in Berkeley with the visitors from the Big Ten topping Cal 44-30 in coach Sonny Dykes’ debut.

Northwestern went on to a 4-0 start, then lost seven straight games — albeit two of them by three points and two others in overtime — on the way to a 5-7 season. They were 1-7 in conference play.

Northwestern is projected as a forth-place finisher in the Big Ten West Division by Athlon Sports magazine and tied for sixth by Lindy’s.

The game is the fourth on the Bears’ schedule whose game time has been set.

Cal’s home opener Sept. 6 against Sacramento State will go off at noon.

Cal’s Oct. 24 game against Oregon at Levi’s Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m., and the Nov. 13 game at USC has a 6 p.m. start.