Season-Opening Trip To Corvallis
BERKELEY – California is slated to open the 2020-21 men's basketball season at Oregon State on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a neutral-site contest against Northwest the next day. Both games will be played at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., as part of a multiple-team event (MTE) hosted by Oregon State.
Cal-OSU is to be played as a non-conference contest at 4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks. The date became available after Cal's previously scheduled game against Colorado State was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Rams' program. Thursday's game against Northwest will be played at 3 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
Pac-12 Networks commentary will be provided by Rich Burk and Drew Shiller. To watch online, visit www.Pac-12.com/live or stream on your mobile device via the Pac-12 Now app. Rich Cellini and Todd McKim will deliver play-by-play and analysis for the California Golden Bears Sports Network on KGO 810 AM and via TuneIn.
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Game 1: at Oregon State | Wednesday, Nov. 25 | 4 p.m. PT | Watch | Listen | Live Stats
- Game 2: vs. Northwest | Thursday, Nov. 26 | 3 p.m. PT | Watch | Listen | Live Stats
- Cal is 8-2 in its last 10 season openers dating back to 2010-11. The Bears defeated Pepperdine, 87-71, in last year's opener to kick of the Mark Fox era with a victory.
- Cal owns an 89-63 all-time record against Oregon State, including a 43-36 mark in Corvallis.
- Cal and Oregon State will clash three times this season: Nov. 25 and Jan. 2 in Corvallis and Feb. 25 in Berkeley.
- Cal and Northwest will meet for the first time on Thursday. Northwest is a member of the NAIA's Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Eagles will count Thursday's contest as an exhibition.
- Mark Fox won his 300th career game in Cal's final contest of the 2019-20 season. He became the 82nd active NCAA Division I head coach with 300-plus wins, and the fourth among active Pac-12 head coaches (Dana Altman, Sean Miller, Mick Cronin).
- Senior forward Grant Anticevich is the lone four-year member of Cal's program. While starting all 32 games last season, Anticevich led Cal in rebounding (5.6) and added 8.3 points per game.
- Three Bears enter the 2020-21 season with 893 career points or more, including grad transfers Ryan Betley (944) and Makale Foreman (934) as well as junior Matt Bradley (893).
IMPROVEMENT UNDER FOX
In Mark Fox's first season at the helm in Berkeley, Cal showed signs of improvement across the board and was tied for third among major conference teams with a plus-six-win differential from 2018-19 to 2019-20. The Bears more than doubled their conference win total as well, going from 3-15 to 7-11. It was the largest margin of improvement by any Pac-12 team from '18-'19 to '19-'20.
BRADLEY PRIMED FOR JUNIOR YEAR
After a standout sophomore year for the Bears, guard Matt Bradley collected a pair of 2020-21 preseason accolades over the past month with nods to the Pac-12 Preseason Media All-Conference First Team and the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list. In 2019-20, Bradley led Cal with 17.5 points per game and added 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Under Mark Fox's guidance, Bradley increased his points per game by 7.7 points from 10.8 in 2018-19 to 17.5 in 2019-20. He ranks third among major conference returning players in PPG from last year.
Cal's returning cast ranks fourth or better among Pac-12 teams in four of six major statistical categories. The Bears are second in returning blocks (88.8 percent) and fourth in returning scoring (67.1 percent), returning rebounding (78.7 percent) and three-point field goals (71.3 percent).
LAST TIME OUT
California earned a 63-51 victory over rival Stanford in the First Round of the 2020 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament behind a game-high 18 points from Matt Bradley and Paris Austin in Las Vegas on March 11. The victory was the last time Cal played an official game before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 postseason, and delayed the start of the 2020-21 regular season. The victory marked career win No. 300 for Mark Fox.
Cal will play its first home game of the 2020-21 campaign on Nov. 30 when it hosts Nicholls State at Haas Pavilion. It will be the second all-time meeting between Cal and Nicholls State; the Bears won the first head-to-head clash, 74-62, during the 2007-08 season.
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