- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

California

Last season: 23-11, lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Hawaii.

Nickname: Golden Bears.

Coach: Cuonzo Martin. He received a contract extension Tuesday through 2020-21.

Conference: Pac-12.

Who’s gone: F Jaylen Brown left after his freshman season for the NBA; G Jordan Mathews transferred to Gonzaga.

Who’s back: F Ivan Rabb (12.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 42 blocks) opted against leaving early following his freshman year for the NBA; G Jabari Bird (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg); G Sam Singer; 7-footers Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks.

Who’s new: G Charlie Moore, a top freshman from Chicago; G Grant Mullins is a graduate transfer from Columbia.

The Skinny: Rabb’s return is a big deal for the Golden Bears, who have been fueled by their frustrating first-round NCAA loss to Hawaii after getting back to the tournament for the first time since 2013. Rabb averaged 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds during his freshman season and will be joined by G Jabari Bird as another key returning starter on a new-look team in coach Cuonzo Martin’s third season. … Cal went a school-record unbeaten at home (18-0) in Haas Pavilion and is riding a 19-game home winning streak. A Dec. 21 date with powerhouse Virginia looms large. The Bears also face San Diego State on Nov. 21 at new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento that will host the NCAA Tournament in March.


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