The draw has been set and revealed and Cal will be taking on Syracuse in Men's Basketball for what feels like the 4th year in a row. They'll meet in the semi-finals of the 2K Classic, which is being hosted in Madison Square Garden, making it a de facto home game for the Orange.
The earlier rounds of this tournament will be played on campus but this matchup will give us a good glimpse into what Cuonzo Martin's team will look like for 2014-15 and how they'll stack up against some tougher non-conference opposition. On the other side of the bracket are Texas and Iowa and there is a consolation game, so either way, Cal gets 2 games against high quality opponents.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>JUST ANNOUNCED! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cal?src=hash">#Cal</a> will play Syracuse in the semifinals of the <a href="https://twitter.com/2KClassic">@2KClassic</a> at Madison Square Garden Nov. 20 on ESPN2 <a href="http://t.co/ESQDcLjZYZ">http://t.co/ESQDcLjZYZ</a></p>— Cal Men's Basketball (@CalMensBBall) <a href="https://twitter.com/CalMensBBall/statuses/497027097634680832">August 6, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Mike Montgomery’s retirement didn’t lead to a mass exodus and devastate the Bear's program. Martin will have some skilled players to work with, including forward David Kravish, who is the leading scorer and rebounder returning, and guard Tyrone Wallace, who also averaged double figures. The semifinal matchup of the Bears and Orange could reveal just how much has changed -- or stayed the same -- from last season. Cal didn’t attempt a lot of 3-pointers, so there’s no telling if it will have enough perimeter shooting to loosen up the Orange zone. Then again, Syracuse had so much trouble scoring last season it might not matter.