Bears To Clash With Kansas State Friday
BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team returns to action Friday when it hosts Kansas State in a nonconference clash between power-conference programs at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network with Scott Walker and Casey Jacobsen on the call.
The Wildcats are the first power-conference opponent the Golden Bears have hosted in nonconference play since Virginia visited on Dec. 21, 2016. Cal (0-1) is coming off a season-opening loss to UC Davis on Monday while K-State (1-0) defeated UTRGV for its first win under first-year head coach Jerome Tang.
The "Salute to Service" game will include a special Veterans Day recognition and tickets bought at the door with proof of a military ID will be 15 percent off (offer not valid for online purchases). The first 1,000 Cal students in attendance will receive free T-shirts.
Bears, catch @CalMBBall back in Haas Pavilion at 4p tomorrow for the Salute to Service Game honoring our Vets. ??
— Cal Athletics (@CalAthletics) November 10, 2022
- Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 11 | 4 p.m. PT
- Location: Berkeley, Calif. | Haas Pavilion
- Watch: Pac-12 Network | Scott Walker (PxP) & Casey Jacobsen (Analyst)
- Listen: 810 AM & The Varsity App | Rich Cellini (PxP)
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- This will be the eighth all-time meeting between Cal and K-State, including the fourth in Berkeley. The Bears trail 1-6 in the series, with their lone victory coming on Nov. 29, 2006 at home. The most recent meeting between the two schools came one year later on Dec. 9, 2007 in Manhattan, Kansas.
- K-State is one of two power-conference foes that Cal is hosting in nonconference play this season, along with Butler (Big East) on Dec. 10. It is the first time the Bears have hosted a pair of power-conference opponents during nonconference play in the same season since 1988-89.
- Junior guard Devin Askew and senior center Lars Thiemann both set career highs in scoring with 19 and 17 points, respectively, in the Bears' season opener against UC Davis on Monday. Thiemann added a team-high eight rebounds and shot 7-11 from the floor.
- Cal totaled seven blocked shots in their season opener against UC Davis, including three by Sam Alajiki and two apiece by Lars Thiemann and ND Okafor. The Bears had recorded seven-plus blocks just four times in the past three seasons. Cal's 15-man roster features nine players who measure at 6-foot-7 or taller, signaling an improved amount of length and athleticism.
- Graduate guard DeJuan Clayton is one of five active NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athletes playing in their seventh collegiate season. Clayton, who did not play in Monday's season opener due to an injury, previously played for Hartford and Coppin State, the latter at which he amassed more than 1,500 points and 400 assists.
- The Bears are 17-4 in nonconference home games under head coach Mark Fox.
- Cal head coach Mark Fox was an assistant coach at Kansas State from 1994-2000 under Tom Asbury.
- Junior guard Jalen Celestine, Cal's top returning scorer (7.5 PPG in 2021-22) is inactive for Friday's contest as he works his way back to full speed following an offseason knee procedure. A timetable for Celestine's return has not yet been determined.
- Cal is one of six NCAA Division I men's basketball programs with six or more international student-athletes on its roster.
The Bears will travel south for their first road game of the season at UC San Diego on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tipoff from LionTree Arena in La Jolla is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised on ESPN+.
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