Cal and Saint Mary’s, who haven’t played in 11 seasons, have agreed to meet on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is 12:30 p.m. and the game will aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
The teams haven’t met since the Gaels beat the Bears 61-52 in the second round of the 2005 Coaches vs. Cancer event at Haas.
“We are looking forward to playing Saint Mary’s this season,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. “This should be a great game. Our two Bay Area schools have a strong basketball tradition. We have not played one another in more than a decade, and I know our fans will be excited about the matchup.”
Cal has traditionally been unwilling to schedule the Gaels, believing it has little to gain and too much to lose by facing the Moraga school. Saint Mary’s has won the past two meetings.
The Bears lead 61-16 in a series that once featured games on nearly an annual basis. But Cal hasn’t beaten SMC since Jason Kidd led a 94-77 win during the 1993-94 season.
The Gaels are coming off a 21-10 season and returns with a young team featuring nine freshmen and sophomores and no seniors.
The Bears return three starters who averaged double-digit scoring and welcome McDonald’s All-Americans Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.