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Men’s Basketball Shoots for the New Year Without Its Fans

Posted By Mustafa Shaikh On Nov 6, 2007 @ 8:32 pm In Sports | Comments Disabled

With the men’s basketball season bearing down upon us, the Clog decided to take a peek at the upcoming home basketball schedule [1] (Insert sound of prolonged head banging on desk).Whoever in the athletic department configured the ’07-’08 basketball schedule managed to place three marquee match-ups during winter break: UCLA, USC and Arizona. Fans who have been salivating over the chance to see the much ballyhooed freshmen phenoms—O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love [2]—before they jump to the pros will have to make the drive up to the Haas Pavilion during the first week of the new year. Let’s not forget about Chase Budinger, who will most likely be saying “au revoir” to the Wildcats this semester.Students planning to stay home until Martin Luther King Jr. Day will miss eight of 19 home games, including four Pac-10 games. And of course, this just had to be the year in which most college basketball analysts think that the Pac-10 is the strongest conference in the land.As for the non-conference schedule, Cal will play host to Mississippi Missouri (Berkeley admissions apparently didn’t care much about geography) as part of the inaugural Big 12/Pacific 10 Challenge [3]. The Clog would be much more excited for the game if Quin Snyder was still around (we still have dreams of seeing his famous mane [4] in action [5]).Berkeley will once again host the Golden Bear Classic, which will include Bucknell College. The Bison became famous in 2005 for upsetting Kansas in the Big Dance and garnered their first national ranking last year.Other than Missouri and Bucknell, the out-of-conference schedule is full of patsies to get the boys in shape for Pac-10 games. Last time around these warm-up games managed to get everyone except Oski banged up (more on that to come later).Image Source: Nate Tabak, Daily Cal2007-2008 Schedule [CalBears.com [1]]

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[1] basketball schedule: http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/cal-m-baskbl-sched.html

[2] O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love: http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/new/story/impact_freshman_review_part_one41040

[3] Big 12/Pacific 10 Challenge: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2727984

[4] famous mane: http://www.usabasketball.com/headshotsmen/snyder_quin.jpg

[5] action: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lZKoIu-ECfs

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