Cal Facing Rematch With UNLV In SJ Opener Of NCAA Tournament

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – UNLV has grabbed a No. 5 seed in the East region of the NCAA tournament, and will take on California, a No. 12 seed, in the second round on Thursday in San Jose.

The Runnin’ Rebels finished up an impressive season with a 25-9 record, and have already defeated the Golden Bears, 76-75, back in December. The rematch drew some attention on Selection Sunday because the committee typically avoids those types of matchups early on.

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Cal rebounded well, though, and finished in fourth place in the Pac-12 Conference with a 20-11 record. The Golden Bears went 12-6 in the league.

Thursday’s winner will take on either No. 4 Syracuse or No. 13 Montana in the third round.

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