On the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the California Golden Bears will be playing basketball in the Hawaiian isles. Cal will play against Princeton from the Ivy League on Tuesday, December 6th, and Seton Hall from the Big East on Wednesday, December 7th.
Seton Hall was third in the Big East. Seton Hall lost sophomore leader Isaiah Whitehead to the NBA Draft but will return Khadeen Carrington and the bulk of a young team that finished as a six seed in the NCAA Tournament. I'd expect this to be one of Cal's most competitive games of the non-conference schedule.
Princeton finished second in the Ivy League, losing by double digits to NCAA tournament teams like Miami, Maryland and St. Joseph's. Princeton will be returning almost their entire rotation from last season, so expect the Tigers to be in the Ivy League conference race. Neither of these games are gimmes.
The fourth team in the invitational is Hawaii, who eliminated Cal from the NCAA Tournament this March. The Bears will not rematch with the Rainbow Warriors.
It is Cal's first trip to the Hawaiian isles since 2013, when they played in the Maui Invitational.
The games will be televised on Fox Sports 1. More on the games from CalBears.com.
The Cal men's basketball team will have the opportunity to participate in a special event this December, playing in the FOX Sports Pearl Harbor Basketball Invitational as part of the 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Games will take place Dec. 6-7 with Cal joining Hawai'i, Princeton and Seton Hall for the contests at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The FOX Sports Pearl Harbor Invitational will be played at storied Bloch Arena, which hosted Elvis Presley in a fundraising concert for the USS Arizona Memorial in 1961. This historic venue withstood the attack by Imperial Japan nearly 75 years ago and serves as a continuous legacy to those in uniform stationed in Hawaii.
"The 75th Commemoration is about acknowledging all the men and women who have answered our nation's call to duty including our ‘greatest generation' World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors," said Committee Chairman Adm. (ret) Tom Fargo. "We're excited to have FOX Sports return here to raise awareness about our veterans, as well as our active duty service members and civilians, and their tremendous contributions to our nation and to the world."