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Cal basketball to play Yale in China in 2018

Onto Shanghai!

Giant Pandas Play In Changchun's First Snow Photo by Zhang Yao/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/Getty Images

The California Golden Bears are the next Pac-12 team to be taking their act to China. Cal will be headed to China next year to take on the Yale Bulldogs. Who’s booking their tickets to Shanghai?

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“We're thrilled to be able to tip off our season representing the University of California and the Pac-12 in China next year,” said Cal head coach Wyking Jones. “We have a unique opportunity to provide our student-athletes an enriching cultural experience on an international stage. Cal is a global brand, and our players will get a special opportunity to witness that firsthand. As someone who played abroad myself, I'm excited to share in this incredible experience with our basketball family.”

The 2018 Pac-12 China Game will be presented by Alibaba Group with Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China's Ministry of Education, serving as the co-host for the game.

“The Pac-12 is thrilled to bring another exciting matchup to Chinese fans in 2018 with two fantastic schools in the University of California, Berkeley and Yale,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “We are particularly pleased that this game will once again be presented by Alibaba whose own Joe Tsai is an esteemed alumni of Yale and co-hosted by the Federation of University Sports of China, two incredibly committed partners. The 2018 Pac-12 China Game will once again be an incredible educational experience for student-athletes and continue to grow the popularity of the Pac-12 and college sports in China.”

This is the fourth game in this Pac-12 China game series. Washington played Texas in 2015, and Stanford played Harvard in 2016. UCLA is playing Georgia Tech in Shanghai as this story is being written. It remains to be seen if Liangelo Ball and company will join them on the plane ride back.