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NIT tournament bracket: Cal a one seed, will play CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday night

Can the Bears capture their second NIT crown?

NCAA Basketball: California at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The California Golden Bears men’s team will play their final basketball games of 2017 on two courts: Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, and (if they get there) Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cal is a one seed in the NIT, and they will have three games to try and advance to the NIT semifinals in the Garden.

Cal is among four NIT teams with a number one seed, including Syracuse, Iowa and Illinois State.

Here’s a look at Cal’s path to the NIT tournament final.

  • Cal will start out in Berkeley against Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m. Pacific on ESPN2. You might remember Cal losing to Cal State Bakersfield in Cuonzo Martin’s first season.
  • Cal will face the winner of Colorado State-Charleston if they won their first round matchup.
  • Cal will then have to face one of Houston, BYU, UT-Arlington, or Akron to get to Madison Square Garden.

Full bracket for Cal below.

Cal still awaits on the health status of Jabari Bird due to concussion protocol.

Full NIT bracket below!

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