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Football: UC Davis, Cal Poly added to future schedules

Cal has completed its 2019 and 2020 nonconference football schedules by adding home games against UC Davis and Cal Poly.

The Bears will face Davis in their season opener on Aug. 31, 2019, and will play Cal Poly on Sept. 12, 2020.

Cal is 9-0 all-time vs. Davis, all of the games in Berkeley. This will be the Bears’ first game against Cal Poly.

Here are Cal’s future nonconference schedules:

2015 – Grambling State (Sept. 5); San Diego State (Sept. 12); at Texas (Sept. 19)
2016 – South Dakota (Sept. 3); at San Diego State (Sept. 10); Texas (Sept. 17)
2017 – at North Carolina (Sept. 2); Weber State (Sept. 9); Mississippi (Sept. 16)
2018 – North Carolina (Sept. 1); at BYU (Sept. 8); Idaho State (Sept. 15)
2019 – UC Davis (Aug. 31); San Jose State (Sept. 14); at Mississippi (Sept. 21)
2020 – TCU (Sept. 5); Cal Poly (Sept. 12); at Auburn (Sept. 19)
2021 – at TCU (Sept. 11); Auburn (Sept. 18); 1 TBA

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Women’s basketball: Texas ousts Bears

The Cal women’s season ended Sunday evening with a 72-66 loss to Texas in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Haas Pavilion.

The fourth-seeded Bears (24-10) for 22 points from Mercedes Jefflo and a near triple-double from senior guard Brittany Boyd. She finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Pac-12 Player of the Year Reshanda Gray fouled out in just 19 minutes after being held to seven points and three rebounds.

The fifth-seeded Longhorns (24-10) advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 11 years.

Jefflo’s 6-for-11 effort from the 3-point arc sparked a Cal attack that made 11 3-point baskets. But the Bears turned the ball over 20 times.

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Basketball: Ivan Rabb leads O’Dowd into state final

Ivan Rabb, Cal’s No. 1 recruiting target, had 18 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots, leading Bishop O’Dowd High to a 56-47 win over Modesto Christian in the CIF NorCal open division title game at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

The top-seeded Dragons earned a rematch in the state championship game against Southern California winner Mater Dei, which beat O’Dowd 71-61 in the 2014 state title game.

Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward, is rated a consensus top-10 national prospect by recruiting services. He lists Cal among his five final schools, also including Arizona and Kentucky.

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Women’s basketball: Bears cruise to victory

The Cal women won their NCAA tournament opener for the fourth straight year, beating Wichita State 78-66 at Haas Pavilion on Friday afternoon.

The fourth-seeded Bears (24-9) will play No. 5 seed Texas on Sunday. The Longhorns (23-10) beat Western Kentucky 66-64. Tipoff is 6 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN2.

Reshanda Gray led five Cal players in double figures with 22 points. She also had nine rebounds. Mercedes Jefflo added 14 points and Brittany Boyd had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Cal shot 52 percent and outrebounded the Shockers (29-5) by a 38-27 margin.

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Basketball: Ex-Cal guard Jarod Haase, UAB to face UCLA 22 years after his first experience against the Bruins

For Alabama-Birmingham coach Jarod Haase, Saturday’s NCAA tournament game against UCLA will be framed by an entirely different set of circumstances than the first time he faced the Bruins.

At stake for Haase and the 14th-seeded Blazers is a spot in next week’s Sweet 16. For a school that dropped its football program in December, the opportunity is a joyous occasion.

In 1993, when he and Jason Kidd formed an all-freshman backcourt at Cal, Haase took on the Bruins with a somber heart.

His father, Gary Haase, a 55-year-old Cal grad, had died unexpectedly the day before of causes stemming from an infection in his spleen after being checked into a hospital with an ankle infection.

Then-Cal coach Lou Campanelli gave Haase the option of returning to his family home in South Lake Tahoe rather than remain with the team in Los Angeles. He stayed, explaining that his father would have wanted it that way.

Haase and the Bears responded with a spectacular performance, routing the Bruins 104-82. It was UCLA’s worst loss at Pauley Pavilion since its opening 27 years before, and prompted legendary Bruins coach John Wooden – who attended the game – to say, “I never thought we’d be behind by this margin at home to anybody.”

Haase played 30 minutes and contributed 16 points and five assists to Cal’s most one-sided win over UCLA since 1923. Afterward, he allowed himself a quick smile as he left the court.

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Basketball: Off-season personnel issues loom, including point guard Tyrone Wallace’s future

Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said he could bring in as many as four new recruits before next basketball season, and that doesn’t factor in what junior point guard Tyrone Wallace might decide about his future.

Wallace, an all-Pac-12 pick in his first season at the position, is rated as potentially a high second-round pick in the NBA draft.

Martin said he plans to meet individually with all his players after spring break in two weeks, and will discuss Wallace’s options at that point.

“First and foremost, we want what’s best for our players,” Martin said. “If Tyrone can get where he’s trying to go at the end of this season, we like what he’s hearing, then we’ll do what’s best for Tyrone.”

Wallace ranks among the top five in the Pac-12 in three major statistical categories, averaging 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He’s an inconsistent 3-point shooter and converts barely 60 percent at the free throw line, but is long and athletic.

DraftExpress.com rates Wallace as potentially the No. 37 pick in the draft and NBADraft.net projects him at No. 38. Only first-round picks are given guaranteed contracts.

“You’re talking about a guy who was a 2-3 wing guy transitioning to toughest position in the game,” Martin said. “To make all-conference is tremendous.”

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Basketball: A few things to consider before filling out your NCAA tournament bracket

A few more NCAA tournament bracket tips to consider before entering your office pool:

First of all, do not fret when you get one wrong. Nobody’s perfect, and that especially holds true for picking the NCAA tournament. The folks in Las Vegas have calculated there are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible bracket combinations (9.2 quintillion), which means you’re going to miss a few.

Unbeaten Kentucky is everyone’s favorite and is listed by oddsmakers as a 1:1 choice to win the national title. That creates a problem when filling out your bracket: If you go with Ashley Judd’s favorite team, you don’t separate yourself from the crowd. If you go any other direction, you do so at your own risk.

My suggestion, fill out two brackets: One with UK on the final line and the other with someone else.

If Kentucky does wind winning the title, the person who fared best on games not involving the Wildcats will win your pool.

A general rule of thumb: Be bold, but not crazy.

All four No. 1 seeds will not reach the Final Four. But don’t expect all of them to lose on the first weekend because they don’t. Eighty-eight percent of top seeds, in fact, advance to the second weekend. So if you want to pick a few upsets, avoid derailing any of the No. 1 seeds until the second week.

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Basketball: Bears decline offer to play in CBI

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A Cal spokesman said the Bears have declined an offer to play in the College Basketball Invitational.

See below for coach Cuonzo Martin’s statement on the decision.

The Bears (18-15) were long ago ousted from contention for an NCAA tournament bid, and were not close to gaining a spot in the 32-team National Invitation Tournament.

But interim athletic director Michael Williams said last week the Bears would consider the 16-team CBI, if an offer came. It apparently did, and they said no thanks.

Teams must pay the CBI a fee for hosting games in the event, although it’s unclear if and how much that was a factor in the school’s decision.

Cal started the season 10-1 under Martin, then went 7-11 in Pac-12 play. The Bears dropped six of their final eight games and will miss the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Cal was aced out of the NIT field by 12 schools given automatic bids after winning their regular-season conference titles, then losing in the league tournament. Five of those teams had worse RPI computer ratings than Cal at No. 95.

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Cuonzo Martin statement on CBI decision:

“Our goal for The University of California’s men’s basketball program is to be the best and compete for an NCAA Championship. We made a decision to not pursue an invitation to the CBI and will focus our efforts on recruiting and developing our roster in preparation for a strong future here in Berkeley.

“I want to thank our seniors for everything they have given to this program throughout their careers. I also want to thank our fans for their incredible passion and the exceptional support they provide for our team. We truly felt their support all season and look forward to that continued enthusiasm next year as we unveil $10 million in improvements to Haas Pavilion courtesy of the generous gift from the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.”

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Pac-12 basketball: No definitive answer, but AD Williams says he’d like to watch Bears play more games

Interim athletic director Michael Williams would not commit to Cal definitely accepting a potential bid from the College Basketball Invitational, but added he would like to watch coach Cuonzo Martin’s team play a few more games.

Hours after the Bears were eliminated from the Pac-12 tournament with a 73-51 loss to top-seeded Arizona on Thursday, Williams said he has not heard from either the National Invitation Tournament or the CBI.

At 18-15 with a computer power rating of No. 99 as of Thursday morning, Cal likely doesn’t have the resume for an invite to the 32-team NIT. A mock NIT bracket produced Thursday by Bleacher Report projected Stanford, UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona State in the field, along with Saint Mary’s. But not Cal.

The CBI invites 16 teams after the NIT fills its field, but the opportunity comes with a pricetag. Schools must pay fees for each home game they play in the event. In past years, those fees have been $35,000 for a first-round game, $50,000 for quarterfinals, and $75,000 per game for the semifinals and each of the best-of-three championship series.

So while the decision requires some thought, Williams also said, “It’s also not something we would automatically say no to.”

Bids for the NCAA, NIT and CBI tournaments go out Sunday.

“We have not heard from anyone yet. We have just had the normal business contact with the NIT and the CBI,” Williams said. “So we’ll wait and find out on Sunday. I think we’d want to have that conversation.”

Martin praised the efforts of the Bears, who routed Washington State 84-59 in Tuesday’s tournament opener, then stayed close to Arizona for a half before fading.

“Right now I’m just excited about what Cuonzo has done with this team. I’m enjoying watching this team play,” Williams said. “It’d be fun to watch them play a few more games together.

“I’m really not prepared to have David (Kravish) play his last game in a Cal uniform quite yet.”