The Bears (21-13) led by as many as 24 points and move on to the quarterfinals of the NIT after a 75-64 win over Arkansas at Haas Pavilion on Monday night.
Arkansas (22-12) got with eight points late, but no closer.
The Bears play Wednesday at No. 1 seed SMU, with the winner earning a trip to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Freshman Jabari Bird shot 7 for 8 and scored 19 points to go with eight rebounds. Bird, who had his most prolific scoring game since going for 24 against Oakland on Nov. 15, has totaled 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting the past two games.
Tyrone Wallace scored 16 points and David Kravish had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Senior Justin Cobbs, playing his final game at Haas, had nine points, six assists and five rebounds. Cobbs moves into third on Cal’s career assist list with 524, passing Kevin Johnson.
The Bears played without senior forward Richard Solomon, who sat out a second straight game with a concussion. Solomon apparently sustained the concussion at home, although no details have been provided.