Basketball: Bears get everything they could ask for in NCAA matchup: At `home,’ vs. UNLV

Cal got what it needed most out of NCAA Selection Sunday: Motivation.

Tabbed as a No. 12 seed, the Golden Bears get a rematch they relish against No. 5 UNLV in a Thursday “home” game at HP Pavilion in San Jose. It will be Cal’s first NCAA tournament game in the Pacific time zone inĀ more thanĀ 50 years.


Cal-UNLV will tip off at 4:27 p.m. PDT on Thursday in San Jose


“When everybody is fired up and ready to go is when we’re at our best,” said Cal junior Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

And he’s right. A year ago, the Bears were quickly shipped halfway across the country to face a South Florida team they knew little about, in a “First Four” game in Dayton, Ohio. They fell behind 36-13 at halftime and were on their way home before the main portion of the tournament began.

David Kravish, center, and teammates are excited about their NCAA assignment.
(Doug Duran/Staff Archives)

“We weren’t even mentally there,” Crabbe admitted.

They are jazzed about this game, a chance to square things against a UNLV team that beat them 76-75 in Berkeley on Dec. 9 when Quintrell Thomas turned a teammate’s air ball into the winning put-back shot with 1.2 seconds left.

“We want revenge,” senior Robert Thurman said. “The way they slipped out of our fingers last time was a fluke.”

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Jeff Faraudo

  • rob bear

    Hope I am dead wrong, but playing UNLV after getting beat by Utah and Stanford will be a monumental challenge. As we all saw a few months back, the Runnin’ Rebels are good and like us, have played some of their best basketball late in the year. I hope we are up for the task, regardless of where we play. Did not like the comments from Crabbe and Cobb above with respect to not being mentally ready to play in the first round of the biggest tournament of their lives last year. Hope they are ready this year. If not, the result should be about the same.

    It’s tournament time Bears. YOU have earned this game! Time to REPRESENT! Let’s shock the world and do this! Beat UNLV WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE! GOOOOOO BEARS!

  • Juancho

    This team has been so hard to predict.

    I wont be surprised if we win or lose.

  • ConcordBear

    We are from the Pac 12 and were given a 12 seed. We went 12-6 in the Pac and were as low a seed as an at large can get. That lack of respect stings.
    Unlv is a 5. They are the favorite.
    They beat us before.
    They have the expectations to perform up to their high seed.
    It should be a good game, our guys will be loose as the underdogs.
    We in and have a shot, that’s all that matters right now.
    Tourney time, anything can happen.
    See you all in San Jose.
    Go Bears!

  • milo

    My god, the first NCAA game on the west coast in 50 years? Geez, if anyone doesn’t believe the east coast bias, this is it. Glad they got it but the Bears absolutely need to capitalize on this and stomp UNLV. Go Bears!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Please Bears, let this gift from the ncaa snowball into some serious MARCH MADNESS!! Woohoo! Go Bears!

    now, how to bet outta work early???…hmmm…suggestions?

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Vegas opened at unlv -2.5, already moved to -3.

    I hope these Bears come out fighting, cuz that is what it is gonna take to get through the rebs and ‘cuse. Go Bears!

  • BlueNGold

    Bad news is that its a close to home game for unlv. They should have a lot of fans there. Question is, will the bears show up ready to play, or will they play like they did against the furds and utah? Hopefully the bears that won seven straight will show up in San Jose.