GET READY FOR THE DUNK CONTEST
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly men's basketball fans will receive their first competitive look at the 2013-14 Mustang program when the team hosts its annual Green and Gold intrasquad exhibition matchup and dunk contest on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. inside Mott Gym.
Admission for the Green and Gold exhibition, which serves as the lead-in for the Cal Poly football team's 6:05 p.m. matchup against Weber State, is free.
Cal Poly's 15-player active roster will be halved for the 20-minute officiated matchup that will precede the program's dunk contest. The Gold squad, led by assistant coach Sam Kirby and director of operations Bob Lowe, will boast senior forward Chris Eversley, junior guard Maliik Love, junior wing Michael Bolden, sophomore forwards Joel Awich and Brian Bennett and freshman guards Max Betkowski, Ridge Shipley and Taylor Sutlive. The Greed team, directed by associate head coach Paul Fortier and assistant coach Mitch Reaves, includes senior guards Jamal Johnson and Kyle Odister, sophomore forwards Zach Gordon and Anthony Silvestri, sophomore wing David Nwaba and freshman guards Markel Leonard and Andy Rowley.
"The players and coaches are all excited to tip off what we see as another amazing season," said fifth-year Mustang head coach Joe Callero, whose Mustangs will enjoy 15 additional practice sessions after Saturday's exhibition before opening the 2013-14 regular season at nationally-ranked Arizona on Friday, Nov. 8. "I feel that we're an athletic, unselfish and excited team and that should all make for a fun game and dunk contest."
Saturday's intrasquad matchup serves as Cal Poly's only public tuneup prior to the season opener at Arizona, which will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network. Cal Poly's 2013-14 home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16 against Nevada. Tip time inside the Mott Athletics Center is 7 p.m.
Cal Poly returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a 2012-13 squad that established program records for Big West victories (12-6) and Big West winning percentage (.667). Cal Poly's 18 overall victories last year matched the second highest total in 19 Division I seasons. Cal Poly, which finished 13-1 inside the Mott Athletics Center last season, also established Division I program records for home victories, fewest home losses, home winning percentage (.929) and, for the first time, swept all nine Big West opponents at home.
In being selected for the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the 2012-13 Mustangs played the program's first postseason game in 27 years.