The California Golden Bears will not have the hardest schedule in the nation in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but they will not have the easiest one either. So what is their toughest game in their non-conference schedule?
That easily goes to the one against the Creighton Bluejays. As of right now, that is the toughest contest on the Golden Bears’ out-of-conference schedule.
Doug McDermott will be back for his senior year and he very well could lead the country in scoring. He did average 23.2 points per game last year. He will not be the only good player on the Bluejays though.
California loses its best player, but will try to replace Allen Crabbe with incoming freshmen Jabari Bird. Crabbe led the team in scoring last season with 18.4 points per game, but Bird is ranked No. 23 for the 2013 recruiting class (according to ESPN).
Cal will also be playing in the Maui Invitational, which could bring a couple of tough matchups. Until those games are actually penciled in, the clash against the Bluejays will easily be the toughest one on the schedule.
The Golden Bears managed to make the dance last season as a No. 12 seed and they very well could make the tourney once again. That will largely be based on if Bird can have an instant impact for the team.
As for Creighton, it made the NCAA tournament last season as a No. 7 seed and could easily get an even higher seed this season, especially if it can adjust to the Big East Conference right off of the bat.