Cal State Bakersfield's second game of the season figures to be a challenge tonight, and coach Rod Barnes is OK with that.
The Roadrunners, who lost 62-60 in their season opener Friday against Texas-Arlington, travel to Cal-Berkeley tonight. Tip-off is at 7 o'clock.
"I can't wait to get up there," Barnes said. "They're a good team; well coached. It will be a good test for us again."
The Bears went 24-10 last season, including 13-5 in the Pac-12. One of the notable Cal players is Bakersfield High graduate Tyrone Wallace, a freshman.
The challenge for CSUB, in its final season as a Division I independent before it joins the Western Athletic Conference, is facing a team from the Pac-12.
"We're playing against a team that a lot of people think will be an NCAA qualifier," Barnes said. "So no one will give us a chance.
"I just want to see us get better. This gives us the opportunity to get better. If you're at the Division I level, these are the type of games you want."
CSUB was plagued by poor shooting in its loss to Arlington, making only 5-of-28 on 3-point tries despite many wide open looks.
Javonte Maynor, a sophomore guard making his CSUB debut, led the Roadrunners with 14 points, and senior Stephon Carter added 12.
This is the Bears' season opener. They defeated San Francisco State 89-80 in an exhibition Tuesday. Wallace was 1-for-5 from the field, all 3-point attempts, with three rebounds, an assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.