Bears face off against Tritons in the first street competition

Bears face off against Tritons in the first street competition

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ND Okafor (pictured) and the Golden Bears take on UC San Diego Tuesday night in La Jolla.


Cal is looking for the first win of the season at UC San Diego Tuesday night

BERKELEY – The California men’s basketball team will take its first road trip of the 2022-23 season when it travels south Tuesday night to play UC San Diego at LionTree Arena in La Jolla. The non-conference competition begins at 6:00 p.m. PT and will be televised on ESPN+.

Cal (0-2) is looking for his first win of the preseason after last week’s home losses to UC Davis and Kansas State. The hosts Tritons (0-2) are in the same boat after suffering double-digit losses to Seattle U and Sacramento State on Nov. 7 and 12.

GAME INFORMATION

  • Date & Time: Tuesday 15 Nov | 6 p.m. PT
  • Location: La Jolla, California | LionTree Arena
  • Watch: ESPN+ | Steve Quis (PxP) & Martin Bahar (Analyst)
  • Listen: 810 AM & The Varsity App | Rich Cellini (PxP)
  • Live Stats: UCSDTritons.com

REMARKABLE

  • Cal is 4-1 all-time against UC San Diego but lost the last clash in last year’s season opener at Berkeley. Tuesday’s game marks the first time the two UC system schools have played each other outside of Berkeley.
  • The Golden Bears’ 13 blocked shots in their first two games of the season are tied in every two-game stretch of the season Markus Fuchs Epoch. Four different bears already had at least one multi-block game highlighted by the freshman forward ND Okafors Back-to-Back Two Block Efforts.
  • junior guard Devin crooked averages 18.0 points as team leader per game in the first two competitions. His 19 points against UC Davis and 17 points against Kansas State are the two best totals of his 61-game collegiate career.
  • senior forward Kuany Kuany has hit double digits in each of the first two games, including a career-high 13 points against K-State last Friday. Kuany has also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in both competitions and is shooting 44.4 percent from deep earlier this year.
  • Cal’s 15-man roster consists of nine players who measure 6’7 or taller, signaling improved length and athleticism.
  • Graduated Guard De Juan Clayton is one of five active NCAA Division I basketball student-athletes playing in their seventh collegiate season. Clayton, who has not played this season due to injury, previously played for Hartford and Coppin State, at the latter of which he amassed more than 1,500 points and 400 assists.
  • junior guard Jalen Celestine, Cal’s top returning goalscorer (7.5 PPG in 2021-22) is inactive for Tuesday’s competition as he works his way back up to full speed after an off-season knee surgery. A timetable for Celestine’s return has not yet been set.
  • Cal is one of six NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs with six or more international student-athletes on its roster.

NEXT

Cal will be back in action Friday when it hosts Southern at Berkeley. The contest begins at 6:00 p.m. PT and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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