California Ranked No. 13 in Preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll

Nov. 4, 2009

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The California Golden Bears are ranked No. 13 in the Preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Cal is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press preseason poll. This is the fourth consecutive season Cal begins play as a top-25 team.

California has been a steady presence in both major top-25 polls since the 2006-07 season. Cal returned to the polls in the 2007 preseason poll and has been listed in 54 of 57 AP polls and 57 of 58 USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls since then. Cal has been a continuous presence in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll since Feb. 26, 2007 (week 16).

Last season, Cal spent four weeks at a program-best No. 3 ranking. They finished the season ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll.

In other preseason rankings, Cal has been picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in the conference's coaches poll and third in the Pac-10 Media poll.

Two of Cal's non-conference opponents are ranked in the top-five. Cal will play in Columbus, Ohio over Thanksgiving break, potentially facing No. 3 Ohio State. The Bears host No. 4 Baylor at home on Nov. 22. Texas A&M, one of the teams playing in Cal's Colliers International Classic Tournament Dec. 5-6, is ranked No. 16.

Cal played a warm up on Tuesday, Nov. 3, defeating former NAIA National Champion Vanguard, 101-81. They officially open their season on Sunday, Nov. 15 when they host Idaho State at 5:00 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Tickets for the Bears home opener as well as all Bears home games are on sale now through the ticket office. The game will be a Youth Day where all youth 18 and under will be free. As a reminder, all seats in sections 15, 16, and 17 as well as 1, 2, and 3 will be reserved tickets this season. They can be purchased on a single game basis or as season tickets. For more ticket information, CLICK HERE or call 800-GO-BEARS.

USA TODAY ESPN DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' PRESEASON POLL

Rank School1. Connecticut2. Stanford3. Ohio State4. Baylor5. North Carolina6. Duke7. Notre Dame8. Oklahoma9. Tennessee10. Michigan State11. Arizona State12. Florida State13. California14. Texas15. Xavier16. Texas A&M17. LSU18. Virginia19. Louisville20. Vanderbilt21. Maryland22. Pittsburgh23. Purdue24. Iowa State25. DePaul

Others receiving votes:Middle Tennessee (28-6) 118; Kansas (22-14) 110; Rutgers (21-13) 106; Auburn (30-4) 84; Georgia (18-14) 76; Georgia Tech (22-10) 73; South Dakota State (32-3) 70; Mississippi State (23-10) 66; Gonzaga (27-7) 48; Kansas State (25-8) 39; San Diego State (24-8) 39; Florida (24-8) 31; TCU (20-11) 12; N.C. State (13-17) 11; Arizona (12-19) 10; Michigan (10-20) 10; Bowling Green (29-5) 7; South Florida (27-10) 6; Syracuse (17-15) 6; South Carolina (10-18) 3; Arkansas-Little Rock (26-7) 2; Ball State (26-9) 2; Georgetown (20-14) 2; Richmond (24-10) 2; Southern Methodist (20-12) 2; Temple (21-10) 2; Central Florida (17-17) 1; Charlotte (23-9) 1; Fresno State (24-9) 1; Hartford (20-12) 1; Minnesota (20-12) 1; West Virginia (18-15) 1; Western Kentucky (16-13) 1.

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