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Cal Primed For Season Opener Against UC San Diego

Nov 7, 2021
Junior center Lars Thiemann and the Cal Golden Bears open their 2021-22 campaign on Tuesday afternoon in Haas Pavilion.

BERKELEY – California men's basketball will open the 2021-22 regular season on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT by hosting UC San Diego in Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks as part of Tip-Off Tuesday and will be available free to all fans through the Pac-12 Now app.
The Golden Bears are coming off of a 92-58 exhibition win over Cal State LA on Nov. 1 in Berkeley, which was the first time since Feb. 29, 2020 – a span of 611 days – that fans were allowed inside of Haas Pavilion for a men's basketball contest. All fans 12 and older attending Tuesday's season opener will be required to show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID prior to entry.


  • Cal's 92-58 exhibition win over Cal State LA on Nov. 1 saw the Bears shoot 62.1 percent from the field as a team. Grant Anticevich paced the squad by scoring 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half while fellow senior Andre Kelly added 17 points and five assists.
  • Cal leads the all-time series with UC San Diego, 4-0. The two teams have not played a regular-season game since Nov. 30, 1985 when Cal was victorious, 88-46 in Berkeley. Tuesday's game will be the fourth time in five all-time meetings between the two teams that has been played as a season opener.
  • The Bears' 17-man roster is an experienced bunch, featuring 13 returners from its 2020-21 squad along with four newcomers, including three freshmen – Sam Alajiki (Dundalk, Ireland), Obinna Anyanwu (San Diego) and Marsalis Roberson (Oakland) – and one graduate transfer, Jordan Shepherd (previously played at Charlotte and Oklahoma).
  • Andre Kelly is Cal's top returning scorer and rebounder after averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season. The forward ranked second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (58.7) a season ago.
  • Grant Anticevich (fifth year), Makale Foreman (graduate), Andre Kelly (senior) and Jordan Shepherd (graduate) have played a combined 433 games throughout their collegiate careers.
  • The Bears will play eight of their 11 non-conference games at Haas Pavilion this season, where they are 18-13 under head coach Mark Fox and 265-107 over a full 22 seasons in the venue.

Cal will travel to Las Vegas to face UNLV on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. PT. The contest will be televised on Stadium.
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