7:45 PM ET, March 21, 2013
HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, CA
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Allen Crabbe clapped his hands toward the roaring crowd. Richard Solomon shook his hips and danced. Senior reserve Robert Thurman pumped his fist lightly, just thankful for a chance to play again.About the only difference between Haas Pavilion and HP Pavilion turned out to be 50 miles, two letters and one monumental stage in the NCAA tournament.
NCAA Mens Tournament
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 21: Tyrone Wallace #3 of the California Golden Bears drives with the ball against Katin...(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Junior Allen Crabbe was a star for Cal. He finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal.
X factor: Anthony Bennett will make a lot of money in the NBA next year. But against Cal, he was as inconsistent as most freshmen in their first NCAA tournament appearances (13 points, 11 rebounds, 3-for-10 from the field).
That was more evidence: The Pac-12 recorded its second upset of the day in a matchup between a 12-seed and a 5-seed (Oregon beat Oklahoma State, too). Its members are competing like teams that felt slighted by their collectively low seeding from the selection committee..
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-59 (.441)||19-59 (.322)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-11 (.455)||6-20 (.300)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-16 (.438)||17-26 (.654)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||CAL 64, @UNLV 61||Recap|
California coach Mike Montgomery has defeated a better seed for the first time since 1998, when 3-seed Stanford defeated 2-seed Purdue in the Sweet 16.
FROM ELIAS: UNLV is the 3rd team ever to lose 4 straight games in the Round of 64 as the better seed, joining Clemson (4 games from 1998 to 2010) and BYU (4 from 1995 to 2009).
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