Cal Basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Cancelation of Thursday’s game gives Cal chance to breath for next game Monday in Brooklyn

photo by Outside of Haas Pavilion on Thursday afternoon after it was announced that the gym was infiltrated by smokey air caused by the Paradise Camp Fires giving Berkeley a 240 AIQ rating well over NCAA standards. The game between Detroit Mercy and Cal was canceled and will be rescheduled.

By Michael Duca

BERKELEY–Infiltrated poor smokey air in Haas Pavilion canceled the Legends game between Detroit Mercy Titans and the Cal Bears on Thursday night. The Bears will continue their Legends Classic series in Brooklyn on Monday night at the Barclay Center facing St. John’s and either VCU or Temple on Tuesday night Nov 20th.

The Air Quality Index for Berkeley exceed 200 and increased to 240 in the afternoon. By 4:30 the Cal’s Athletic’s Departement said in a statement, “With the air quality levels having risen to the very unhealthy range in the Berkeley area and a significant amount of smoke having infiltrated Haas Pavilion, Thursday night’s men’s basketball game between Cal and Detroit Mercy has been canceled,”

NCAA rules state that if the air quality exceeds 200 the NCAA recommends that the competition is canceled. Cal and Detroit Mercy are discussing plans when to reschedule the game.

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Cardinal routed in Brooklyn

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

By Jeremy Kahn

Traveling across the country proved to be difficult for the Stanford Cardinal in the championship game of the Progressive Legends Classic.

Lamar Patterson scored 24 points, as the Pittsburgh Panthers never trailed in their two games and won the championship in a 88-67 victory over the Cardinal at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jamie Dixon’s team also got help from Durand Johnson and Talib Zanna each scored 14 for the Panthers, who improve to 6-0 on the season.

Dwight Powell led the Cardinal with 20 points, while Anthony Brown scored 16 and Chasson Randle added 10, but the Cardinal fell to 5-2 on the season.

Despite Powell grabbing a game-high nine rebounds, the Panthers out rebounded the Cardinal 34-30 and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, while the Cardinal pulled down eight offensive boards.

The Cardinal cut the Panthers lead down to 11, but the Panthers got a big three and a free throw for a four-point play to put the Panthers up by 15 and they never looked back.