University of South Florida defeated California, 65–54, in the first round of the 74th NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship. This is the first ever NCAA Tournament win by USF.
South Florida received its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992 after advancing to the Big East semifinals for the first time.
The Big East moves to 5-1 against the Pac-12, this season.
South Florida was the only Big East team without an NCAA Tournament victory before Wednesday’s game.
California was one of two Pac-12 teams who earned berths into the NCAA Tournament and the only at large team.
Cal drops to 19-17, all-time, in the NCAA Tournament.
South Florida claimed a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against California.
This is Cal’s 17th NCAA Tournament and this year’s selection gives the Bears three tournament berths in the last four years under head coach Mike Montgomery.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Cal finished the season 24-10 overall, but lost four of its last five to close the year.
The Golden Bears have lost five of their last six NCAA Tournament games.
No Cal team has had more than 24 victories since the 1960 squad that reached the NCAA Championship game with a 28-2 mark.
Cal committed just seven turnovers, matching a season-low. The previous low was seven against Weber State on Dec. 16, 2011.
The Bears’ 13 first-half points was Cal’s lowest output of the season.
The Golden Bears closed the first half scoreless in the last 8:56. In that span, South Florida went on 14-0 run.
The Bears finished the year with a 5-8 record when trailing at the half. When Cal led at the half, this season, it went 19-1.
Cal’s five field goals in the first half were a season low.
The 54 points scored in Wednesday’s game was the second-fewest, this season, for Cal. The 2011-12 season low was 53 to Missouri.
In 3-point field goal shooting, Cal missed its first seven attempts. The Golden Bears finished the night 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Senior F Harper Kamp scored 19 points, and reached double figures in nine of his last 10 games. He had his 23rd double-figure scoring effort of the year and finished his Cal career with 52.
Sophomore G Allen Crabbe extended his team lead with his 28th double-figure scoring effort. Crabbe closed the season with five straight games scoring in double figures.
Senior G Jorge Gutierrez, the Pac 12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, came into the game averaging 13.2 points per game and finished with 11 points.
Senior G Jorge Gutierrez finished his career with 1,232 points in 20th place all-time at Cal.
Senior F Harper Kamp played in his 133rd career game for the Bears. He ranks second all-time at Cal in games played. Only Patrick Christopher played more career games (134) from 2007-10. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez played in his 129th career game and ranks fourth all-time.
Sophomore G Allen Crabbe finished the game with two three pointers to move into second place on Cal’s single-season records with 83. Only Jerome Randle made more with 92 in 2010.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
The Bulls opened the game on a 8-0 run before Cal’s connected on a jumper and a free throw with 14:56 left in the first. USF then piled on a 7-0 run until Cal’s Kamp hit another jumper with 12:48 left in the first.Harper Kamp
Wednesday night marks the 25th time the Bulls have held an opponent scoreless for at least four minutes in a game.
USF finished the first half on a 14-0 run. The run spanned the final 8:56 of the half.
USF held Cal to only 13 points in the first half. This beats their previous season record of 17 which they did twice. This was the lowest California had scored in the first half all season. Their previous was 22 against Colorado on Jan. 12.
This was the 21st opponent USF has held under 25 points in the first half. The Bulls also held Pac-12 Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez to just two points in the first half.
South Florida dominated the paint in the first half outscoring Cal, 20-2. The Bulls finished the game outscoring Cal, 34-12, in the paint.
Big East Freshman of the Year Anthony Collins totaled 10 points in the first half and finished with 12.
USF entered Wednesday’s contest averaging 31.6 percent but shot 57 percent against California.
USF put together an 8-0 run (11:50-8:33) in the second half stretching the lead to, 57-25.
South Florida was led by the trio of Victor Rudd Jr., Anthony Collins, and Augustus Gilchrist who scored 15, 12, and 11 respectively.