Men's Basketball Schedule Announced
Aug. 21, 2006
BERKELEY - With the potential to face up to four defending conference champions and as many as eight opponents that participated in the postseason last year, the 2006-07 California men's basketball schedule includes 15 games inside Haas Pavilion, as well as a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout, head coach Ben Braun announced today.
The Golden Bears begin the regular season at home Nov. 15 vs. Utah Valley State. The Wolverines finished 16-13 last year, which included a 75-71 victory at Arizona State.
Three days later, Cal visits defending Mountain West Conference champ San Diego State, marking the third straight year the Bears and Aztecs have faced each other. Cal claimed the first two match-ups - 60-57 in San Diego on Dec. 11, 2004, and 82-64 last Dec. 6 in Berkeley. San Diego State was 24-9 this past season and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears then home for a contest against Bay Area foe Santa Clara Nov. 20 - the teams' first meeting in five years - before heading to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 22-25. Among the schools in the eight-team field are 2006 Big West champion and NCAA tourney participant Pacific, which was 24-8 last year, and Hofstra, which reached the quarterfinals of the NIT and finished 26-7. Hawaii (17-11 last season), Missouri-Kansas City (14-14), Marshall (12-16), Loyola Marymount (12-18) and host Alaska-Anchorage (19-12) round out the tournament.
Cal and Marshall will play in a first-round game Nov. 23, with Hawaii and Hofstra completing the Bears' half of the bracket.
Cal closes out the month with a home game vs. Kansas State on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The Wildcats, who will be playing the Bears in the Bay Area for the first time since December 1995, are led by new head coach Bob Huggins.
The 10th Pete Newell Challenge will be Dec. 3 and will be staged at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Cal will play Nevada, the 2006 Western Athletic Conference champion that was 27-6 last year and earned a No. 5 NCAA regional seed, in one game, while Stanford will meet Texas Tech in the other half of the doubleheader.
The 14th annual Golden Bear Classic is Dec. 8-9 in Haas Pavilion. San Diego, an 18-game winner last year, Eastern Michigan and Chicago State will battle Cal for the title.
The Bears wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a home date vs. Furman on Dec. 19 and a visit to DePaul Dec. 23, a contest that will serve as a homecoming for four members of the team who grew up in the Chicago area -Braun, assistant coach Dennis Gates, junior forward Eric Vierneisel and freshman guard Jerome Randle.
For the third consecutive year, Cal begins Pac-10 action on the road, this time at Arizona Dec. 28 and at Arizona State Dec. 30. The Pac-10 home opener is Jan. 11 vs. Washington State, and the Bears conclude the regular season March 3 against Arizona. The Pac-10 Tournament is set for March 7-10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Cal finished 20-11 overall last year and placed third in the Pac-10 with a 12-6 mark. After advancing to the Pac-10 Tournament final for the first time in school history, Cal earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament - the team's seventh postseason berth in the past 10 years.
2006-07 California Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 2 Sonoma State (exh.)Nov. 15 Utah Valley StateNov. 18 at San Diego StateNov. 20 Santa ClaraNov. 22-25 at Great Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, AK) Nov. 23 vs. Marshall Nov. 24 vs. Hawaii or Hofstra Nov. 25 vs. Loyola Marymount, Alaska-Anchorage, Missouri-KC or PacificNov. 29 Kansas StateDec. 3 at Pete Newell Challenge (San Jose, CA) Stanford vs. Texas Tech California vs. NevadaDec. 8-9 Golden Bear Classic (California, San Diego, Chicago State, Eastern Michigan)Dec. 19 FurmanDec. 23 at DePaulDec. 28 at ArizonaDec. 30 at Arizona StateJan. 3 at StanfordJan. 11 Washington StateJan. 13 WashingtonJan. 18 at Oregon StateJan. 20 at OregonJan. 25 UCLAJan. 27 USCFeb. 3 StanfordFeb. 8 at WashingtonFeb. 10 at Washington StateFeb. 15 OregonFeb. 17 Oregon StateFeb. 22 at USCFeb. 24 at UCLAMarch 1 Arizona StateMarch 3 ArizonaMarch 7-10 at Pac-10 Tournament (Los Angeles, CA)
Home games (bold) at Haas Pavilion
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