Basketball: How Bears fared in NCAA 2nd round

Cal’s 64-61 win over UNLV on Thursday was the 12th time the Bears have won their opening game in the NCAA tournament. They play Syracuse on Saturday at about 6:40 p.m. at HP Pavilion.

Here’s a look at how they’ve fared over the years in their second NCAA game:

— 1946: After beating Colorado 50-44 at Kansas City, the Bears lost 52-35 to Oklahoma A&M in the West Regional final.

— 1957: The Bears lost 50-46 to USF in the West Regional Final in Corvallis, Ore., after beating BYU 86-59.

— 1958: The Bears lost 66-62 in overtime to Seattle and star Elgin Baylor in the West Regional final at the Cow Palace after beating Idaho State 54-43 in their opener.

— 1959: Cal crushed Saint Mary’s 66-46 in the West Regional final at the Cow Palace in its second-round game, and went on to win the national championship.

— 1960: Cal easily beat Santa Clara 69-49 in its West Regional semifinal, and went on to play in the national championship game for the second straight season, losing to Ohio State 75-55.

— 1990: After a 30-year absence from the NCAAs, Cal beat Indiana 65-63 in Hartford, Conn., then lost to Connecticut 74-54 in its second-round game.

— 1993: In a memorable second-round game, Jason Kidd, Lamond Murray and the Bears upset two-time defending national champ Duke 82-77 at Rosemont, Ill., to advance to the Sweet 16.

— 1997: In Ben Braun’s debut season, the Bears followed a first-round win over Princeton with a 75-68 defeat of Villanova to qualify for the Sweet 16.

— 2002: The Bears fell 63-50 to Pitt in Pittsburgh after knocking off Penn in their opening-round game.

— 2003: Two days after freshman Richard Midgley sank a game-winning shot to beat North Carolina State 76-74 in overtime, Cal lost 74-65 to Oklahoma at Oklahoma City.

— 2010: Pac-10 regular-season champ Cal whipped Louisville 77-62 in its opener at Jacksonville, Fla., before falling 68-53 to eventual NCAA winner Duke in the second round.


Jeff Faraudo


  1. Just got my issue of SI in the mail, and guess who’s on the cover….

    Syracuse!!!! Yay!

    Good luck tomorrow, Orange guys. And may the jinx fall upon you in epic style.

  2. I wonder if SI covers have had an impact on Vegas betting lines over the years.

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