The short distance has allowed Cal to keep its usual practice schedule, avoid changing time zones and even send a player or two back to Berkeley for class.
The Buffaloes have NCAA Tournament experience and really defend. Colorado is good enough to win two games in the field of 68.
Cal (20-11) needed to play well in the Pac-12 tournament to ensure an NCAA invite but now will have to wait three anxious days to find out if it will get an at-large bid.
Chasson Randle scored 20 points, Josh Huestis added 18 and Stanford beat California 83-70 on Wednesday, completing a season sweep and ending the Golden Bears’ seven-game winning streak.
Allen Crabbe had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 12 points and seven assists, and California overcame a sluggish start to overpower Utah 64-46 on Thursday night for its sixth straight win.
Justin Cobbs’ jumper with 0.7 seconds to play gave California a 48-46 victory over No. 23 Oregon on Thursday night.
Arizona State (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) went up 16 points after a 17-3 run in the first half and kept the lead around double digits until the Bears (13-9, 5-5) tightened up defensively in the closing minutes.
Richard Solomon’s dunk with 17.6 seconds remaining capped a big run by California over the final 8 minutes, and the Golden Bears rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat Oregon State 71-68 on Thursday night.
Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Justin Cobbs had 17 and California pulled away in the final 12 minutes to beat Denver 72-61 on Friday night.
Allan Crabbe scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, and California overcame another rough rebounding game to beat Pepperdine 79-62 on Tuesday night.