Cal released the 2008-2009 men’s hoops schedule today and from the looks of things not much changed from previous years. However, two positive things jump out immediately: (1) Cal will compete in “to-be-named” tournament in Vegas; and (2) Cal plays two other local programs in UOP to open the regular season and USF the week of the Furd road game.
While the competition in the TBN tourney looks average at best, the locale is fantastic. Vegas baby!! Vegas!!!!! I really like including schools in the schedule. There are some decent mid-major programs here in the Bay Area and given the success of the mid-majors over the past few years, why not play some decent ones in our own backyard?
Overall, as the press release from Cal states, the Bears have had the 6th and 12th toughest schedule the last two years according to Sagarin. Of course, that ranking has little to do with Cal’s non-conference schedule and a lot more to do with the level of competition within the Pac-10. For the most part, I think the schedule is a small step in the right direction. I would still like to see Cal face an elite program outside its conference every year and the home schedule is not very good at all, again. I have not purchased season tickets for hoops since 2004-2005 and this home schedule, even with Monty at the helm, won’t compel me to do so this year either.