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Basketball: Bears announce more TV games

Cal announced additions to its TV schedule, including six more to be shown on Comcast SportsNet California.

Here’s the Cal news release, with the schedule.

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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Basketball: Does schedule give Bears an edge?

The Pac-12 has posted its basketball pre-season prospectus and one of the tidbits included is a chart showing which opponents each school will “miss” during the conference schedule.

With two extra teams in the league this season, playing an 18-game conference schedule will require each school to miss two opponents at home and two on the road.

Looks to me like the schedule is favorable to the Bears.

Here’s why: Cal will miss playing the Arizona schools on the road and the Washington schools at home. If you consider Arizona, Washington and UCLA the three chief threats to Cal for the Pac-12 title, the schedule allows the Bears to miss playing two of the six matchups against those teams.

None of the other three schools misses more than one of the lead contenders.

The Pac-12 prospectus tells that us Cal returns 76.5 percent of its scoring from a year ago, tops in the conference.

There are no 1,000-point career scorers returning, but Cal senior Jorge Gutierrez ranks No. 2 among returnees in scoring (803 points), assists (287) and steals (109) while teammate Harper Kamp is fourth in scoring (740) and second in rebounds (373).


Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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Basketball: Cal-Austin Peay on Nov. 15 part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

Cal’s opener at home against Austin Peay in the CBE Classic will be folded into ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a 25-hour basketball extravaganza on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Cal and Austin Peay will play at 7 p.m. and the game will be carried on ESPN2 and

The 19-game schedule — 17 men’s games and two women’s contests — begins at 9 p.m. Monday night (technically Tuesday at midnight ET), with Washington State visiting Gonzaga.

Saint Mary’s goes next at 11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 (Tuesday at 2 a.m.) with a home game against Northern Iowa.

Stanford will face an opponent to be determined at 8 p.m. as part of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. That game will be shown on ESPNU.


Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011
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Basketball: Breaking down the OOC schedule

Mike Montgomery would be the first to say last season’s out-of-conference schedule was TOO strong. Kansas, San Diego State, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Boston College, Temple, Southern Miss . . . It was too much for the Bears, especially early in the season before they crystallized.

The gauntlet won’t be nearly so difficult this season, although road matchups against Georgia, Notre Dame or Missouri, San Diego State and UNLV won’t be easy.

No Kansas. No sexy home games. No argument there.

The Bears should devour much (if not all) of their non-conference home schedule, and that should guarantee a strong record and momentum headed into Pac-12 play.

Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of Cal’s pre-conference schedule:

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Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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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.

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011
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Basketball: CBE semifinal pairings announced; Golden Bears to face Georgia on Nov. 21

Cal will face Georgia on Monday, Nov. 21 in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the  Sprint Center in Kansas City.

The other semifinal pits Notre Dame vs. Missouri at 4:30 p.m. (PST). Cal plays in the second game.

The championship game, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, will be aired on ESPN2 and tips off following the consolation final at 4:45 p.m. (PST), which will be shown on ESPNU.

Georgia, led by former Nevada coach Mark Fox, is coming off a 21-12 season, its first 20-victory campaign since 1997-98.

Cal’s complete schedule still has not been announced.

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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Basketball: A few notes upon my return

Hi all. Back from a vacation that was at once refreshing and exhausting. You know, the kind of vacation where you need another one afterward.

Anyway, checked first thing on the status of Cal’s 2011-12 schedule and . . . nothing yet. Apparently a few contracts to get signed along with first- and second-round home-court opponents for the CBE Classic. Those first two regional-round games will be played Nov. 13-17. The Bears join Notre Dame, Missouri and Georgia at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the semifinals and finals, Nov. 21-22.

A few other notes:

– Crabbe/Solomon: Obviously, neither Allen Crabbe nor Richard Solomon made the cut for the U19 national team, which begins play today in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania. In Crabbe’s case, word is he was competing very well and had a shot at the roster, then took an elbow from a teammate that gave him a broken nose and minor concussion. So they couldn’t keep him. Cal says he will be fine and the mishap won’t affect his availability for the late-summer Euro tour.

– Carter exits: Walk-on senior-to-be Nigel Carter has left the program, apparently on good terms. The 6-foot-4 guard, who played just 34 minutes over Cal’s final 16 games last season, simply wanted the chance to play more before his college days are over. That wasn’t going to happen with Cal, which is deep in the backcourt. No word on where he’s headed, but he wants to play D-I somewhere, meaning he will have to sit out this season first. 

– Anteater alert: Although we don’t have Cal’s schedule, I can tell you the Bears have a non-conference home game vs. UC Irvine on Friday, Dec. 11. Pretty exciting news, huh? The Anteaters might have been an upper-division Big West team, but their top player, senior forward Eric Wise, announced a few weeks ago he has transferred to USC. So you’ll have to wait a year to see him.

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
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Basketball: Bears open 2011-12 Pac-12 vs. UCLA

When Utah and Colorado join the new Pac-12 next season, the conference basketball schedule will continue to involve 18 games, as it has since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 in 1978-79. Now it means each school in the league will miss one road trip and one homestand each year.

Cal will skip the trip to Arizona next season and won’t welcome the Washington schools at Haas Pavilion. Considering the Wildcats and Huskies figure to be two of the Pac-12′s better teams, perhaps not a bad tradeoff for the Bears. 

Here’s the Pac-10 portion of Cal’s 2011-12 schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 29: UCLA at Cal
Saturday, Dec. 31: USC at Cal
Thursday, Jan. 5: Cal at Oregon State
Saturday, Jan. 7: Cal at Oregon
Thursday, Jan. 12: Colorado at Cal
Saturday, Jan. 14: Utah at Cal
Thursday, Jan. 19: Cal at Washington
Saturday, Jan. 21: Cal at Washington State
Saturday, Jan. 28: Stanford at Cal
Thursday, Feb. 2: Arizona at Cal
Saturday, Feb. 4: Arizona State at Cal
Thursday, Feb. 9: Cal at USC
Saturday, Feb. 11: Cal at UCLA
Thursday, Feb. 16: Oregon at Cal
Saturday, Feb. 18: Oregon State at Cal
Thursday, Feb. 23: Cal at Utah
Saturday, Feb. 25: Cal at Colorado
Saturday, March 3: Cal at Stanford

Click here to check out the full Pac-12 schedule for men and women in 2011-12.

Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011
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Basketball: If Cal beats Colorado . . .

The Bears’ quarterfinal round NIT game, if they get there, apparently will be played Tuesday at Berkeley. Cal tells me they haven’t gotten definitive word from NIT officials, but that Colorado was told it would play Tuesday.

The NIT official bracket is not updated with schedule information on the quarterfinals, except that there are two slots for games on Tuesday, and one of them is slotted for a 9 p.m. EDT tipoff on ESPN. That’s 6 p.m. here, and that’s the one I think you can count on for the Bears.

That is, if . . .

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011
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Basketball: 2011 CBE Classic tickets on sale

Tickets for the 2011 CBE Classic at Kansas City Mo., featuring Cal, Missouri, Notre Dame and Georgia, will go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m. PST.

The event will be played Nov. 21 and 22 at the Sprint Center.

Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster at  800-745-3000 or at

Pairings for the CBE Clasasic have not been announced.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
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