On Selection Sunday, the California men's basketball team was -- as expected -- not picked for the NCAA Tournament, nor were the Bears selected to participate in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), after an 18-15 overall record in the 2014-2015 season, with a 7-11 mark in the Pac-12.
Cal -- which finished its season with a loss to eventual Pac-12 Tournament champion Arizona on Thursday, in a quarterfinals match-up -- elected not to participate in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The CBI is a 16-team tournament that started in 2008, and is a single-elimination bracket until the finals, which are a best-two-out-of-three. All games are held on campus sites, but to host a CBI game, schools have to pay $50,000, which goes up to $75,000 to host semifinals.
Bears head coach Cuonzo Martin issued a statement on Sunday night, and will address the media on Monday at 11 a.m.
"Our goal for The University of California's men's basketball program is to be the best and compete for an NCAA Championship," Martin said. "We made a decision to not pursue an invitation to the CBI and will focus our efforts on recruiting and developing our roster in preparation for a strong future here in Berkeley. I want to thank our seniors for everything they have given to this program throughout their careers. I also want to thank our fans for their incredible passion and the exceptional support they provide for our team. We truly felt their support all season and look forward to that continued enthusiasm next year as we unveil $10 million in improvements to Haas Pavilion courtesy of the generous gift from the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund."
That recruiting effort will be focused on not only ensuring that Tyrone Wallace returns next year as Cal's point guard (he's been projected as an end-of-first-round draft pick in the NBA Draft), and bringing in the likes of Ivan Rabb, Tyson Jolly and Caleb Swanigan. The Bears already have a 2015 commit in Davon Dillard, who committed on March 1, after his official visit with Rabb and Swanigan.