NCAA Tournament 2012, First Four Bracket Update: California Is No. 12 Seed, Will Face No. 12 South Florida On Wednesday

March 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; California Golden Bears forward Harper Kamp (22) and guard Jorge Gutierrez (2) walk off the court at the end against the Stanford Cardinal during the quarter finals of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament at the Staples Center. California won 77-71. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

California ended up on the right side of the bubble, earning a No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but they will be part of the First Four. The Golden Bears will face South Florida in a play-in game for the right to face Temple on Friday.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the California Golden Bears will receive a No. 12 seed in the Midwest region. Cal's first opponent will be the South Florida Bulls, and they will play on Wednesday at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET on TruTV at Dayton. If Cal wins their first matchup, they will face No. 5 Temple on Friday in Nashville.

California earned the No. 12 after sweating out a weekend on the bubble following a semifinal loss to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Golden Bears finished second in the Pac-12 regular season, but a loss to Colorado was costly because of Washington's quarterfinal loss on Thursday. Nevertheless, the committee felt the Bears' strong overall record and Pac-12 performance was enough to put them in the field.

Here's a look at the Midwest region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Lamar/No. 16 Vermont, Friday

No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama, Friday

No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 Cal/No. 12 South Florida, Friday

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio, Friday

No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit, Friday

No. 7 St. Mary's vs. No. 10 Purdue, Friday

No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont, Friday

No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State, Friday

For more on the Golden Bears, visit California Golden Blogs and Pacific Takes. For more coverage of California in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit the SB Nation Bay Area NCAA Tournament Storystream. Click here for a link to our 2012 NCAA Bracket.

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