Cal's first loss of the season came against San Diego State in the new Golden 1 Center. The Bears' cold first half plagued them throughout the game, but valiant efforts by all kept the Aztecs within reach. Cal outscored SDSU in the second half but eventually lost 77-65.
The Bears traveled back to Berkeley to take on Wyoming and Southeastern Louisiana, where they stifled both teams, taking home back-to-back wins by double-digit margins.
To finish out nonconference play, the Bears hosted UC Davis, Cal Poly and Virginia at home. The Bears took the two matchups against their Californian foes, first beating UC Davis 86-61. Against Cal Poly, California set a program record by earning its 27th consecutive home win.