The Bears could also potentially face off against West Virginia on Nov. 27 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, if they can get past San Diego State in a Thanksgiving matchup on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Pacific in Sin City, potentially bringing the total of NCAA Tournament participants on Cal’s nonconference slate to four.
The Bears will also face a Pac-12 schedule that includes Oregon, Arizona, UCLA and Utah.
The Bears will open the season – and $10 million worth of renovations to Haas Pavilion – against Carroll College on Nov. 9 at Haas Pavilion, followed by four straight home dates against Rice (Nov. 13) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 16), as well as Las Vegas Invitational preliminary games against East Carolina (Nov. 20) and Sam Houston State (Nov. 23).
Cal will then head to Las Vegas to face the Aztecs, who made it the Round of 32 last season, dropping their matchup against No. 1-seed Duke.
If the Bears get past San Diego State, which went 27-9 last season, they’ll face the winner of the West Virginia-Richmond tilt. The Mountaineers made it to the Sweet 16 last season, before getting bounced 78-39 against No. 1-seed Kentucky.
Cal then comes home to face Seattle on Tues., Dec. 1 at Haas Pavilion, before a rematch on Sat., Dec. 5 against Wyoming, in Laramie, Wyo. The Bears are 4-2 against the Cowboys all time, having beaten them 45-42 at Haas Pavilion last season. Wyoming reached the NCAA Tournament last year, but lost in the Round of 64 to Northern Iowa, 71-54.
The Bears then come back to Haas for a Wed., Dec. 9 game against the University of the Incarnate Word, and then a Sat., Dec. 19 tilt against Coppin State, against which Cal is 3-0 all-time. The Bears opened the 2013-14 season with an 83-64 win over the Eagles.
The jewel of the 2015-16 schedule is up next, when Cal travels to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia, which won the regular-season ACC title and reached the Round of 32 last season. That game on Dec. 22 will be at 6 PM Pacific on ESPN2.
To cap off the non-conference slate, Cal will host NCAA Tournament participant Davidson on Dec. 28.
The Pac-12 conference slate has been tentatively set, with the Bears starting conference play against Colorado and Utah between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3.
Notably, Cal will not play a single game at either UCLA or USC. It will be the first time since the 1956-57 season that the Bears will not play both of the Los Angeles schools in the City of Angels, and the first time since the 1924-25 season that Cal will not face either the Bruins or Trojans in Los Angeles.
The Bears embark on a 10-day trip to Australia on Aug. 13, during which they will play four games against professional teams in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.