Hoops: Virginia and Cal Hook Up in December
In his second season at the helm, California head coach Cuonzo Martin will lead his Golden Bears to an early-season test in 2015, as Cal will head to Charlottesville, Va., to take on the 2014 and 2015 ACC regular season champion Virginia Cavaliers.
The Bears and the Cavs will square off on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. Pacific, with the game to be broadcast on ESPN2.
Last season, Virginia made it to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and have made the Tournament for three of the past four seasons. The Hoos will return All-American Malcolm Brogdon, a 6-foot-5 guard, but lose All-American guard Justin Anderson, who was drafted in the first round (21st overall) of the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.
Cal brings back senior point guard Tyrone Wallace and the wing combo of Jordan Mathews and Jabari Bird, and adds the now-eligible Georgetown transfer Stephen Domingo.
As a junior, Wallace was the only individual in the Pac-12 to rank in the top five in points (4th, 17.1 ppg.), rebounds (5th, 7.1) and assists (5th, 4.0). He returns as the league’s active scoring leader and assist leader in 2015-16 with 1,196 career points and 313 career assists through his first three seasons. The career point total ranks 25th on the Bears’ all-time scoring list.
Wallace – a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award as a junior -- also enters his senior season fourth among active players in the Pac-12 in career rebounds with 526.
Wallace’s 564 points during the 2014-15 season ranked 14th on Cal’s single-season scoring list. He led the Bears in points (17.1 ppg.), rebounds (235, 7.1 rpg.), assists (131, 4.0 apg.), steals (42, 1.3 spg.) and minutes (1,148, 34.8 mpg.) this past season.
The two teams will square off again with a return date at Haas Pavilion during the 2016-17 season, and have never faced one another on the hardwood before. Cal's last game gainst a team from the ACC (at the time the game was played) was Nov. 23, 2012. They defeated Georgia Tech, 68-57, in the semifinals en route to winning the DirecTV Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The game on Dec. 22, 2015 will mark the first time that the Bears have played in the state of Virginia since Cal competed in the 1991 Central Fidelity Classic in Richmond, Va., splitting two games with laSalle and Virginia Tech.
Cal begins practices for its Australia tour on Tuesday, Aug. 4, on campus in Berkeley. The Bears will visit Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during a four-game tour Aug. 13-24.
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