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Bears Host Chico State In Exhibition Wednesday

Oct 31, 2022
Joel Brown (pictured) and the Golden Bears will host Chico State in an exhibition game on Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.

BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team will play its lone exhibition game prior to the start of the 2022-23 regular season when it hosts Chico State Wednesday night inside of Haas Pavilion.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT. The game will not be streamed and Cal will not have a radio broadcast.

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 7 p.m. PT
  • Live Stats: StatBroadcast


  • Cal's 15-man roster features four scholarship newcomers, including transfers Devin Askew and DeJuan Clayton as well as freshmen Grant Newell and ND Okafor. The new faces will blend with a returning group that includes a trio of veteran seniors in Joel Brown, Kuany Kuany and Lars Thiemann.
  • Four of the Bears' first six regular-season games are inside the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion, including back-to-back contests against UC Davis and Kansas State to open the campaign next week. Cal was 10-8 at home last year – including nine straight wins from Nov. 15-Jan. 2 – and is 275-114 overall as it heads into its 23th season playing at Haas Pavilion.
  • •Cal junior Jalen Celestine will be inactive for Wednesday's exhibition as he works his way back to full speed following an offseason knee procedure. Celestine is the Bears' top returning scorer at 7.5 PPG last year.

Russ Critchfield, a 1995 Cal Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and one of the top guards in school history, will return to Berkeley on Wednesday as a second-year volunteer assistant coach on the Chico State staff. Critchfield ('68) was named Cal's MVP three straight years from 1966-68, leading the team in scoring and assists each season and earned first team All-America honors in 1968. He finished his Cal career with 1,437 points (19.4 PPG), becoming just the second player in program history to surpass 1,000. Critchfield was an assistant coach at Cal from 1977-85.
Cal will recognize Critchfield on the court prior to the national anthem. Read more about Critchfield's return to Berkeley here.
Cal opens the 2022-23 regular season at home on Monday, Nov. 7 against UC Davis. The contest will start at 7 p.m. PT and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. The Cal Bears Sports Network will also carry the game on 810 AM and The Varsity app.
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