Cal has released their OOC schedule for the Men’s Basketball season this fall. The main highlights are the trip to China to take on Yale and the trip to NYC in the Legends Classic against the likes of St. John’s, Temple and VCU.
The Golden Bears are set for 13 games and an exhibition contest this fall, including a number of Bay Area opponents in Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco and San Jose State, as well as another matchup with 2018 NCAA Tournament squad San Diego State.
Fans get their first look at a youth-packed Cal squad on Oct. 30 in an exhibition against CSU East Bay before the Bears head to Shanghai, China to officially open the season against Yale in the annual Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group, set to air live on Nov. 9 in the United States. In addition to the Nov. 9 contest, the Bears will spend the week leading up to the event participating in educational and cultural experiences.
It’s a quick turnaround from China as Cal returns to Berkeley for its home opener and back-to-back games against Hampton (Tuesday, Nov. 13) and Detroit Mercy (Thursday, Nov. 15) as part of the Berkeley Regional Round of the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper.
The Legends Classic continues with a pair of contests in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the Bears join St. John’s, Temple, VCU, Detroit Mercy, Bowling Green, Hampton and Loyola Maryland at the Barclays Center on Nov. 19 and 20. Cal opens in Brooklyn against St. John’s for the Nov. 19 semifinal, and will go on to face either Temple or VCU on Nov. 20. Both games air live on the ESPN family of networks.
Following the two long distance trips, the Bears take on local opponents. Home to Santa Clara, away at Saint Mary’s, home to USF, and home to SJSU are the four Bay Area opponents that are scheduled. The Bears also host SDSU and hit the road to Fresno State to wrap a California-Centric out of state schedule.
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