March 20, 2010
California Golden Bears (24-10) vs. Duke Blue Devils (30-5)
Sunday, March 21, 5:15 p.m., Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CBS
Garnering its first NCAA-Tournament victory since 2003, No. 8 seed California plays top-seeded Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the South Region. The Golden Bears, who are seeking their first Sweet Sixteen appearnace since 1997 and the third since 1960, will play the Blue Devils Sunday at 5:15 p.m. (ET) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Cal improved to 19-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament after defeating Louisville in the first round, 77-62, on Friday. The win was Cal's largest in the NCAA Tournament since the Bears beat Oregon, 70-49, in the 1960 regional final.
Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle, Cal's all-time career leader scorer, and All-Pac-10 second-teamer Theo Robertson each chipped in 21 points to lead the Bears over the Cardinals. Randle now boasts 1,823 career points.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher moved into third on Cal's career scoring list with 1,698 points, while Robertson moved into 16th on that list ahead of Dave Butler (1983-87). Robertson now has 1,305 points in his Cal career. This is his second straight 20-point outing in the NCAA Tournament going back to the Bears' first-round contest against Maryland last season. He led Cal with 22 points in a losing effort against the Terrapins.
This season marked the first time in 50 years that Cal won a conference championship. The 1959-60 team that lost to Ohio State in the national final was the last team to accomplish that feat. The 24 wins that Cal has earned in 2009-10 is the most since the 1959-60 squad won 28.
Cal and Duke have met once in NCAA Tournament play, with today being the 17th anniversary of that contest. On March 20, 1993, the sixth-seeded Bears upset the two-time defending national champion Blue Devils, 82-77, in a showdown between Bobby Hurley and Jason Kidd. Kidd scored 11 and handed out 14 assists while Hurley, in his final game at Duke, totaled 32 points and 9 assists against only 1 turnover.