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.