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Cal basketball NCAA bracket: Bears a 4 seed, will face Hawaii in the first round

Go Bears!

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The California Golden Bears are ready to dance in March Madness. The journey begins as 4 seed in the South Region against the Hawaii Warriors.

If they win, the Bears will play the Maryland Terrapins or South Dakota State in the Round of 32. If they manage to get through that minefield, it's very likely Cal will play the number one seed overall, Kansas.

Cal finished the season 3rd in the Pac-12 with a 22-9 record and 12-6 in the conference. The Bears struggled to play up to their top 25 potential at the beginning of the year but eventually rounded into form. The Bears started the season 14-8, had a .500 Pac-12 record, and had lots of trouble winning games on the road, but a perfect February and a seven game winning streak (plus winning eight of their final nine) put them in the tournament for good.

Cal won their first Pac-12 Tournament game against Oregon State, but fell in the semifinals to Utah in overtime. The Bears did finish the season with a win over every Pac-12 team, and beat Arizona, Utah and Oregon (the other three ranked Pac-12 teams) as well as St. Mary's to solidify their resume. The Bears came very close to three more wins against Virginia, Arizona, and Utah, so we know what this team is capable of.

Here's the update in the South bracket.

Cal is in the Dance. What are your early thoughts about this first round matchup?