When the California men's basketball team signed Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown this past spring, head coach Cuonzo Martin said, “If you guys poll the fans, and they say we need to do it, then we’ll do it."
It may not be Midnight Madness, but the Bears will be hosting an event two weeks after the start of practice on Friday, and the Athletic Department is calling it Haas Hoops Hysteria.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1544605-california-rising The men’s and women’s basketball teams will be giving their fans a sneak preview of what to expect this season with the event on Friday, Oct. 16, a free special event for students and fans of all ages that will feature interactive games with members of both teams, and chances to win prizes.
The festivities will get underway at 7 p.m. with a party on Spieker Plaza, before everyone moves inside a newly renovated Haas Pavilion at 8 p.m. The first 500 students to the event will receive free pizza.
Cal students will be able to swipe their ID cards to earn the chance to compete in several contests. Among the take-home opportunities are Nike team gear, courtside seats for the Cal-Arizona men’s game and the Cal-Nebraska women’s game, and free books for the spring semester. Students can also earn five points on the Bench Rewards App towards a trip to the 2016 Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1593153-johnson-recaps-cal... In addition to student-athletes from both squads, head coaches Martin and Lindsay Gottlieb will be on hand along with the Cal Straw Hat Band, Cal’s dance and cheer teams, the Rally Committee, Mic Men and Oski. Fans will also get a good look at the new center-hung scoreboard and other amenities added to Haas Pavilion since the end of last season.
Martin's bunch, ranked among the nation’s top 15 in virtually every preseason poll, features three returning starters, led by first-team All-Pac-12 selection and senior Tyrone Wallace, and a top-10 recruiting class, headed by Rabb and Brown, and including Roman Davis. The Golden Bear women are seeking their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. They bring back a pair of starters in local products Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green, and welcome a versatile group of five freshmen.