Quick Notes on Maryland
The Terrapins were a bubble team, but the committee gave them a 10 seed. Compared to 8 or 9 seed projections that most pundits were placing the Bears, the No. 7 seed in West against Maryland is a nice surprise. However, if the Golden Bears advance they will play the winner of the No. 2 Memphis/No. 15 Cal-State Northridge game. The Tigers by all accounts are a No. 1 seed, and they will be looking to take out their frustration on any team that stands in their way.
Cal will be making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bears last NCAA appearance in 2006 saw the Bears face North Carolina State in the opening round. In that game, the 10th-seeded Wolfpack edged the No. 7 seeded Bears in Dallas, 58-52. Former Cal star Leon Powe posted a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Omar Wilkes and Rod Benson also got into double figures, scoring 10 and 13 points, respectively.
Six Pac-10 teams received bids. USC (No. 10 seed in Midwest Region) earned the conference's auto bid after beating Arizona State (No. 6 seed in South Region) on Saturday night in the tournament championship game. Arizona (No. 12 seed in Midwest Region), Arizona State, UCLA (No. 6 seed in East Region), and Washington (No. 4 seed in West Region) joined Cal as at-large selections.
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