April 12, 2012
BERKELEY — The California men's basketball team is among the eight teams that have been selected to play in the 2012 Anaheim Classic, the same tournament that junior guard Justin Cobbs played in, while still a freshman at Minnesota. The sixth-annual three-day tournament will be held over Thanksgiving weekend—Thursday, Friday, and Sunday (Nov. 22, 23, and 25)—at the Anaheim Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland.
The Golden Bears will join Drake, Drexel, Georgia Tech, Pacific, Rice, Saint Mary's College (CA), and Xavier. Cal, Saint Mary's, and Xavier were each participants in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The Anaheim Classic will feature 12 games over the three-day schedule, with each team playing one game per day. They will advance through a bracket-tournament format and the two teams that remain undefeated face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 25.
The inaugural Anaheim Classic was played in 2007 and was won by USC. In the following years, Wake Forest (2008), West Virginia (2009), UNLV (2010), and Saint Louis (2011), were all tournament winners. Each champion has gone on to qualify for that year's NCAA Tournament as a top-eight seed.
In Cal's sole preseason tournament of 2011-12, the Bears advanced to the championship game of the Progressive College Basketball Experience (CBE) Classic by defeating George Washington, Austin Peay, and Georgia before falling to Missouri in the championship game.
The Bears tied for second in the Pac-12's inaugural season with a 13-5 record in league games. In each of head coach Mike Montgomery's four years at Cal, the Bears have finished among the top four in the conference and advanced to play in the postseason; three times to the NCAA tournament.
Cal will be led by last season's leading scorer and rebounder, junior guard Allen Crabbe, who was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference first team after averaging 15.2 points per game. Cobbs, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention, finished second in the conference with 5.1 assists per game. Sophomore forward David Kravish notched 41 blocked shots; eighth most in a single season at Cal, en route to being named to the five-man Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
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