NCAA Tournament, First Four 2012: Cal Falls To USF

Cal will play South Florida in the First Four in Dayton on Wednesday night in TruTV, with the winner slated to face off with Temple on Friday night.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Cal Vs. USF: Golden Bears Bow Out Painfully

The California Golden Bears looked so good a month ago and seemed to have an NCAA tournament bid locked up. But then they faded to the finish and bowed out in painful fashion on Wednesday night by getting blown out by South Florida in the First Four. What happened?

Cal had one of the best starting fives in the Pac-12, but their bench was among the worst. With the starters needing to do more than they were used to doing, they had to deal with a lot of added pressure to try and win basketball games. Jorge Gutierrez had to make more plays, Allen Crabbe had to take shots from all over the court (regardless of whether they were the sweet spots or not), and Harper Kamp had to carry a greater load. Justin Cobbs struggled to run the offense in his first year on the job, and David Kravish hit the freshman wall.

All of those came to a head against South Florida, when Cal simply struggled to create while also being overwhelmed on the defensive end. The Bulls knew most of what to do against the Bears, enjoying a much easier time handling and shutting down the offense. Cal is going to have to get deeper and stronger if they plan on enjoying greater success in tournament basketball.

To discuss Cal basketball, head on over to the California Golden Blogs. To talk about South Florida basketball, go to Voodoo Five.

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Cal Vs. USF, Final Score: Golden Bears Season Ends With 65-54 Loss To Bulls

The California Golden Bears entered the First Four with high hopes against the University of South Florida Bulls on Wednesday night, but an ice cold start ensured a incredibly sour finish to their 2011-12 campaign, falling hard by the score 65-54 of at Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

Cal did well to fight back after scoring only 13 points in the first half, outscoring USF 41-29 in the second half. Harper Kamp led the way with 19 points and seven boards, while Jorge Gutierrez added 11 and six assists. Allen Crabbe finished with 10 on only 3-14 shooting on the night, as Cal finished at 36 percent shooting from the floor tonight.

As for the Bulls, they were led by the trio of Anthony Collins, Victor Rudd Jr. and Augusts Gilchrist this evening, combining for 40 of USF's 65 points tonight, who finished the game shooting over 57 percent from the floor tonight. They now move on to face the Temple Owls on Thursday.

Full box score can be found here.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the California Golden Bears make sure you check out their blog, California Golden Blogs. For the South Florida side of the street, make sure you head over to Voodoo Five. For news on the rest of the NCAA tournament in general, make sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated NCAA Basketball hub.

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Cal Vs. USF Halftime Score: Golden Bears Tourney Hopes Fading, Trail 36-13 At the Half

The California Golden Bears find themselves in a tough spot in the First Four against the University of South Florida Bulls, coming out of the gates very sluggish, leaving themselves behind the 8-ball with a 20-point deficit to overcome by the tune of 36-13 at Dayton Arena in Daytona, OH.

Cal came out shooting terribly, firing off at a 20.8 percent clip of 5-24 from the floor including 0-4 from downtown. Harper Kamp is the only player producing much for the Golden Bears, finishing the first half with seven points on 3-7 shooting. Jorge Gutierrez has only two points on 1-3 shooting.

Anthony Collins leads the way for USF, dropping 10 first half points on 5-6 shooting while Augustus Gilchrist added eight. Below are some highlights from Collins and his USF squad in the first half. Not much 'highlight' material from Cal unfortunately.

It's going to be an uphill battle for Cal in the second half, hopefully they can spark a serious comeback.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the California Golden Bears make sure you check out their blog, California Golden Blogs. For the South Florida side of the street, make sure you head over to Voodoo Five. For news on the rest of the NCAA tournament in general, make sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated NCAA Basketball hub.

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2012 NCAA Tournament Predictions, Cal Vs. USF: Golden Bears Likely To Move On

The California Golden Bears men's basketball team is ready to get their 2012 NCAA tournament started with a bang Wednesday night against the University of South Florida Bulls, but who will come out victorious at the Dayton Arena in Dayton, OH this evening?

Over at Collegehoops.net these teams are seen as rather well matched squads but eventually choosing the Golden Bears as the winner by the score of 50-44. Over at Roundballdaily.com they are selecting USF as the winner despite the terrific guard play from Cal with Jorge Gutierrez, making sure to note USF's Anthony Collins as the key player of the game to watch.

SB Nation predicts that Cal takes the cake in this matchup as well.

Should be quite the energetic matchup this evening when these two take the court, look for a hard fought battle down to the wire.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the California Golden Bears make sure you check out their blog, California Golden Blogs. For the South Florida side of the street, make sure you head over to Voodoo Five. For news on the rest of the NCAA tournament in general, make sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated NCAA Basketball hub.

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Cal Vs. USF, NCAA Tournament Odds: Golden Bears Slight Favorite Over Bulls

As the hours slowly tick away from the California Golden Bears kicking of their 2012 NCAA Tournament quest against the University of South Florida Bulls, the oddmakers are busy crunching the data and coming up with the spreads for everyone to enjoy.

And according to the latest from our partners over at Oddsshark.com, the latest odds are out on Wednesday night's game, with the Cal Bears sitting as the slight favorite of around 2-3 points at most online betting sites. The over/under is right around the 114-116 area at most sites as well.

Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Dayton Arena in Dayton, OH with coverage on TruTV.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the California Golden Bears make sure you check out their blog, California Golden Blogs. For the South Florida side of the street, make sure you head over to Voodoo Five. For news on the rest of the NCAA tournament in general, make sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated NCAA Basketball hub.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Schedule, Bracket And More: California Vs. USF Headlines Play-In Game Action

The California Golden Bears had a fine season in 2011-2012 and were rewarded with a No. 12 seed for the NCAA Tournament. While most felt the Bears had done enough to avoid having to prove themselves in the first round play-in game, there is nothing left to do now but go out and compete. California will take on the South Florida Bulls on Wednesday night for the chance to advance and take on Temple this Friday.

The Bulls are awful offensively, but they play excellent defense and attack the boards for all 40 minutes. If the Bears hope to have any chance of winning they're going to have to knock down shots from outside and not allow easy second-chance opportunities to USF.

Start Time: Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET, which is 6 p.m. in Berkeley.

TV Coverage: TruTV will broadcast the game live. Check their official website to find the local listings for your neck of the woods.

Online Stream: For those of you who get TruTV at your home, you can also get the action streamed live for free through their website. Sign in with your username and password and follow the instructions given.

Odds: The Bears are favored by 2.5 points.

Team Sites: California Golden Blogs; Voodoo Five

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2012 NCAA Printable Bracket Available From SB Nation, Get Yours Filled Out Today

Good news! It's not too late to print out your NCAA Tournament bracket and make your picks before the brackets close on Thursday morning. The NCAA Tournament continues today with the final two play-in games, and if you're still procrastinating, I'd advise you to get to those printable brackets and go to work. The following play-in games are happening this afternoon and tonight, broadcast live on TruTV from Dayton, Ohio:

3:40 PM PT
Game 1: No. 16 Vermont vs. No. 16 Lamar

After the conclusion of game 1, you'll see:
Game 2: No. 12 South Florida vs. No. 12 Cal

This is the real deal for Cal - win or go home, and they'll look to lock up their spot in the big dance at around 6:00 pm PST. But, whether Cal can get the W or must head home to watch from their couches, you'd better start focusing in on your NCAA Tournament predictions so you can start to build the perfect bracket.

SB Nation has a full 2012 NCAA printable bracket up with names of every team blog involved in the NCAA Tournament this year

In addition to making predictions, using our bracket, you can click the embedded links to head over to the team blogs involved in March Madness in your quest to get the best recon on every team, and every region.

To discuss Cal basketball in the NCAA Tournament, head on over to the California Golden Blogs. For more coverage of Cal in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Bay Area's storystream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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NCAA 2012 Bracket Reactions: Cal Looks Good To Move Out Of Play-In Game

If the California Golden Bears need to find anyone in their corner, they should look no further than SB Nation's Bill Connelly. He believes in them. He truly does.

Connelly released his picks for the NCAA Tournament and not only does he have Cal getting out of their play-in game against South Florida, he has them taking that official 12 seed and running with it by upsetting the fifth-seeded Temple Owls in the Round of 64. Connelly then has Cal losing to no. 4 seed Michigan, but for Cal to get two wins out of a tournament it snuck into would still be a feat in itself.

CBS Sportsline's Jimmy Carter also picks Cal to win noting that as good as the Bulls defense is, their offense just won't cut it.

This game is not going to be pretty, as California Golden Blogs explains. Not with how unattractive a game South Florida can play. They poke and prod on offense and play stifling defense on the other end. Their defense can carry them but their offense is like watching a team attempt to score on an SEC defense in football. They try but, well, yeah.

Cal snuck into the tourney but they could prove the naysayers wrong with two wins and they are in prime position to do so.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 TV Schedule And Times: Cal Plays South Florida Wednesday At 6 PM On TruTV

As you know by now, the California Golden Bears have to play one extra game to get into the NCAA Tournament. That game comes against the South Florida Bulls, another bubble team. They'll play Wednesday night in Dayton for the right to get to the Round of 64.

Below are all the TV times, channels, schedules, announcers and locations for all the games.


TUESDAY, MARCH 13

Western Kentucky vs. Miss Valley St Delta Devil. - Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Iona Gaels vs. BYU Cougars - Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Vermont Catamounts vs. Lamar Cardinals - Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)

Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

South Florida Bulls vs. California Golden Bears - Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Morning/early afternoon session

Murray State vs. Colorado State, 9:15 AM PT, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Kansas State vs. Southern Miss, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Louisville vs. Davidson, 10:40 AM PT, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Wisconsin vs. Montana, 11:10 AM PT, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Marquette vs. BYU/Iona, 30 minutes after conclusion of Murray St/Colorado St, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kansas St/Southern Miss, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

New Mexico vs. Long Beach St., 30 minutes
after conclusion of Louisville/Davidson, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Vanderbilt vs. Harvard, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wisconsin/Montana, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening games

Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Wichita State vs. VCU, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 4:20 PM PT, TNT (Pittsburgh)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Baylor vs. South Dakota State, 4:27 PM PT, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Iowa State vs. Connecticut, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kentucky/MVS-WKU winner, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Indiana vs. New Mexico State,
30 minutes after conclusion of Wichita St/VCU, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Ohio State vs. Loyola Maryland, 30 minutes
after conclusion of Gonzaga/West Virginia, TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

UNLV vs. Colorado, 30 minutes after conc. of Baylor/South Dakota State, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)


FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Morning/early afternoon session


Cincinnati vs. Texas,
9:15 AM PT, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

San Diego St. vs. NC State, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Creighton vs. Alabama, 10:40 AM, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Florida vs. Virginia, 11:10 AM, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure,
30 minutes after conc. of Cincinnati/Texas, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

Georgetown vs. Belmont, 30 minutes after conclusion of San Diego St./NC State, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont, 30 minutes after conclusion of Creighton/Alabama, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Missouri vs. Norfolk St., 30 minutes after conclusion of Florida/Virginia, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening session.

Memphis vs. Saint Louis, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Duke vs. Lehigh, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Michigan vs. Ohio,
4:20 PM PT, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


St. Mary’s (CA) vs. Purdue,
4:27 PM PT, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)


Michigan State vs. LIU Brooklyn, 30 minutes after conclusion of Memphis/St. Louis, TBS (Columbus)

Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Notre Dame vs. Xavier, 30 minutes after conclusion of Duke/Lehigh, CBS (Greensboro)

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Temple vs. California/South Florida, 30 minutes after conclusion of Michigan/Ohio, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


Kansas vs. Detroit, 30 minutes after conclusion of St. Mary's/Purdue, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

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NCAA Tournament 2012: First Four TV Schedule

The California Golden Bears are headed to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Before play begins in earnest, the first round will be for the First Four: the first four teams to advance to the round of 64, and the first four teams to be sent home. You can find the TV Schedule right here.

The First Four will air on truTV beginning on Tuesday in Dayton, OH.

- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Miss Valley St Delta Devils - Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV

- Iona Gaels vs. BYU Cougars - Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV

- Vermont Catamounts vs. Lamar Cardinals - Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV

- South Florida Bulls vs. California Golden Bears - Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV

You can click here for a full, printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Cal Faces South Florida In First Four

The California Golden Bears are a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region, and will be part of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. The opponent for the Bears will be the South Florida Bulls, and the two teams will tangle on Wednesday, March 14th at 6 PM PT on TruTV in the First Four for the right to face Temple in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Here is a quick look at South Florida and what type of team Cal has to deal with.

Team: South Florida

Record: 20-13, 12-6 in conference

Conference: Big East conference

RPI: 53rd, 2-9 in the RPI Top 50, 6-10 against the RPI Top 100

Ken Pomeroy Rank: 66th

Jeff Sagarin Computer Rating: 70th

Cal was probably very close to earning the tournament bye, but St. Bonaventure taking one of the final bids by winning the Atlantic 10 tournament dashed their hopes. Cal has struggled in beating the best teams they've played, and will now have to prove whether they're worthy of being in the Tournament of 64 field by playing a team with an equally spotty resume.

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First Four 2012: Cal Basketball's Path To The NCAA Tournament

The California Golden Bears were expected to be in good shape to make the 2012 NCAA tournament bracket as soon as they plowed through Pac-12 play early. As March Madness gets started, though, it makes sense to look back at their journey to becoming a No. 12 seed having to fight for the right to play in the actual tournament.

The squad is led by senior leaders Jorge Gutierrez, a solid all-around player who's best known for his defensive intensity, and Harper Kamp, an undersized but efficient power forward. The Bears get their main offensive spark from sophomore Allen Crabbe, an excellent and unselfish spot up shooter, with transfer point guard Justin Cobbs also providing a secondary offensive option.

Cal hit the top 25 early in the season, but a huge loss against Missouri and follow-up defeats to UNLV and San Diego State torpedoed those chances. The Bears might have avoided the play-in game if they'd managed to win the Pac-12 regular season or tournament titles, but losses to Colorado and Stanford down the stretch hurt them there.

Cal will have a short turnaround. They have to head Dayton on Wednesday at 6 PM PT on TruTV to play South Florida in a First Four matchup, then if they win that they'll face Temple on Friday.

For more on the Bears, check out the California Golden Blogs. For more on college basketball, check out our NCAA Tournament coverage at SB Nation Bay Area and make sure your grab a copy of our updated printable NCAA bracket 2012.

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

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.

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