2019 Cable Car Classic Features Holiday Men's Basketball in Bay Area

2019 Cable Car Classic Features Holiday Men's Basketball in Bay Area


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Cable Car Classic men's basketball tournament, which will be held in Leavey Center, got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and continues with six games in its traditional format over a four-day stretch beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 27. 

The holiday week portion of the event, in its 52nd year of existence, features Cal State Fullerton, Denver and Southeast Missouri, along with the Broncos. Each team will play three games. 

Santa Clara downed Notre Dame de Namur, 101-54, in a preliminary-round game of the tournament. 



Nov. 19 Santa Clara 101, Notre Dame de Namur 54 Recap
Nov. 27 Santa Clara 81, Denver 64 Recap
  Cal State Fullerton 64, Southeast Missouri 57 Recap
Nov. 29 Santa Clara 87, Southeast Missouri 75 Recap
  Denver 65, Cal State Fullerton 62 Recap
Nov. 30 Southeast Missouri 66, Denver 51 Recap
  Santa Clara 70, Cal State Fullerton 55 Recap

Tickets are available online or by contacting the Santa Clara ticket office at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. There will be one entry each day to Leavey Center. Season ticket holders may gain entry to the other game with their Santa Clara ticket. 

In 1967, the Cable Car Classic was founded by Art Santo Domingo, a former public relations director of the San Francisco Giants, and his longtime friend, the late Harry Jupiter, a sports writer for the San Francisco Examiner. The tournament was historically played around the Christmas holiday, but has also been featured on Thanksgiving weekend.  

In 32 of the tournament's 51 years, the Classic has featured a team that received a bid to the NCAA Tournament just months later.  For 10 years it has featured multiple teams who would later advance. The 1995 Cable Car Classic proved to be one of the strongest fields with all four teams advancing to the 1996 NCAA Tournament in March. Penn State won the Cable Car Classic with Georgia Tech, Santa Clara and Bradley also making the postseason. Georgia Tech won the ACC that year as well.

Those participating in past Cable Car Classics read like a who's who in college basketball history. From the Santa Clara teams of the 1960's and '70's that featured the talents of Bud Ogden, Dennis Awtrey and Kurt Rambis and the USF squads, led by Kevin Restani, Winford Boynes and Bill Cartwright to traditional basketball powers such as Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels featuring Michael Jordan and James Worthy and the Ralph Sampson-led Virginia Cavaliers, to the '90s with Stephen Marbury of Georgia Tech to this century's teams, including one of the Air Force Academy's best-ever teams in 2006.

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