California men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin will take his team to the Islands this winter, as the Golden Bears have been announced as participants in the FOX Sports Pearl Harbor Basketball Invitational, marking the 75th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Bears and Tigers will play live FS1, followed by the Pirates and the Warriors. The tribute will culminate on Wednesday Dec. 7, the 75th anniversary of the attack, with a contest between Seton Hall and Cal, followed by Princeton vs. Hawaii. Broadcast times will be announced at a later date.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1676168-cuonzo-martin-cal-... The Bears will not get a rematch against the Warriors, who, as a No. 13-seed, upset No. 4-seed Cal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March.
“FOX Sports was honored to broadcast from Pearl Harbor last year, and our greatest hope, at the time, was for the opportunity to return for the 75th commemoration,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the military for this unparalleled privilege to pay solemn tribute to our nation’s military and commemorate the lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor. We look forward to honoring the heritage of our U.S. joint armed forces, including World War II veterans and those who serve our nation today.”
The Bears' trip to Hawaii will be their first to the islands since playing in the Maui Invitational in November 2013, under former head coach Mike Montgomery, when forward Richard Solomon injured his eye before a date with Syracuse.
Cal is scheduled to return to Maui in 2017, but this new trip brings with it a unique opportunity.
The FOX Sports Pearl Harbor Invitational will be played at Bloch Arena, which hosted Elvis Presley in a fundraising concert for the USS Arizona Memorial in 1961. The arena withstood the attack by Imperial Japan nearly 75 years ago.
The infamous attacks across Oahu, at Pearl Harbor, Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, Bellows Field, Ewa Field, Schofield Barracks, and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, cost the United States 21 vessels, including eight first-line battleships sunk or damaged, 188 aircraft destroyed and 159 damaged, and more than 2,400 dead and 1,200 wounded.
“The 75th Commemoration is about acknowledging all the men and women who have answered our nation’s call to duty including our ‘greatest generation’ World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors,” said Committee Chairman Adm. (ret) Tom Fargo. “We’re excited to have FOX Sports return here to raise awareness about our veterans, as well as our active duty service members and civilians, and their tremendous contributions to our nation and to the world.”
Cal lost Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jaylen Brown to the NBA Draft, where he went No. 3 overall to the Boston Celtics, as well as senior point guard Tyrone Wallace, who graduated and was picked No. 60 by the Utah Jazz.
Also gone is junior Jordan Mathews, who will graduate this summer and will transfer to Gonzaga.
The Bears do return Pac-12 first-team forward Ivan Rabb, a member of the All-Pac-12 Tournament Team, next season, along with former five-star wing Jabari Bird, point guard Sam Singer, and centers Kameron Rooks and Kingsley Okoroh, while adding four-star point guard signee Charlie Moore, Columbia guard transfer Grant Mullins and JuCo signee Dontae Coleman.null