Cal men’s basketball will have quite the opponent in the season’s opening month, as the team is slated to play Duke in the first round of the 2019 Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski once again boasts one of the nation’s best incoming classes, featuring a trio of five-star players in Vernon Carey Jr., Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore, as well as four-star Cassius Stanley. The Blue Devils also bring back several rotation players in Tre Jones, Alex O’Connell and Jack White, among others.
For several Bears, this won’t be their first business trip to the East Coast. Last season, Paris Austin, Matt Bradley, Andre Kelly, Juhwan Harris-Dyson and Jacobi Gordon, among others, traveled to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the back end of the Legends Classic. Justice Sueing, Darius McNeill and Connor Vanover played as well, but have all transferred from the program.
Cal will play either Georgetown or Texas in the second round depending on the outcome of its matchup with Duke.