Cal won a game of NCAA roulette on Thursday and immediately became a better team.
The Golden Bears found out that Texas Tech transfer Jaylon Tyson won his eligibility appeal and will be able to play, starting Friday night when they host Pacific in Berkeley, Calif.
The 6-foot-7 Tyson averaged 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Red Raiders last season, connecting on 40.2 percent of his 3-point shots. He will offer another weapon to go along with fellow Texas Tech transfer Fardaws Aimaq as well as perimeter threats Jalen Cone and Jalen Celestine.
“We are very thankful that the NCAA has approved Jaylon Tyson’s waiver for immediate eligibility,” first-year Cal coach Mark Madsen said. “We are excited that he will be back on the court Friday night, playing the game he loves.”
The NCAA initially denied Tyson’s waiver for immediate eligibility despite being a two-time undergraduate transfer. (Tyson started his college career at Texas.) Tyson stated that former Texas Tech coach Mark Adams used racial slurs toward him and referred to him as a slave.
The Golden Bears nipped St. Thomas (Minn.) 71-66 in on Monday in the season opener as Celestine scored 21 points and Aimaq chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Pacific (0-1) opened its season on Monday with a sloppy 64-57 home loss to Sam Houston State. The Tigers made just 37.5 percent of their field-goal attempts and were outscored 23-5 at the foul line. Pacific committed 22 turnovers.
Pacific also struggled from the 3-point arc, hitting just 4 of 24 attempts, but third-year coach Leonard Perry isn’t backing away from his team’s commitment to the arc. The Tigers canned 39 percent from long distance last season, the fourth-best mark in Division I.
“We shot the 3 as well as anyone in our conference,” Perry said, “and we want to space the floor and continually put pressure on the rim and hopefully get to the foul line more.”
Cal has won both previous matchups with Pacific, including a 73-53 decision two years ago in Berkeley.
–Field Level Media
Clemson navigated a tricky part of the schedule last week. Not that this week figures to be a walk in the park. The 24th-ranked Tigers welcome in-state rival South Carolina…
No. 3 Houston will look to continue its torrid start to the season and remain undefeated when it hosts Rice on Wednesday in the battle between city rivals. The Cougars…
Eighth-ranked Marquette will look to bounce back from an in-state upset when it hosts No. 12 Texas in the Big East-Big 12 Battle on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. It also…
No. 3 Houston puts unbeaten mark on line vs. rival Rice
No. 8 Marquette hosts No. 12 Texas after dropping in poll
No. 15 Miami looks to clean up defense vs. Long Island
Oregon State edges Cal Poly in double overtime