Cal earns 4-seed, draws Hawaii in opening round

The selection committee gave the Cal Golden Bears a No. 4 seed and matchup with Hawaii in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

They play Friday at 11 a.m.

If the Bears (23-10) can advance, it would set up a Pac-12 vs. B1G matchup against Maryland in Spokane, Wash.

No. 5 seed Maryland (25-8) started the year ranked in the top five and reached No. 2 in February before stumbling into the NCAAs with five losses in eight games. If they can get through Friday’s opener against 12-seed South Dakota State in Spokane, Washington, the Terrapins could find themselves matched up with fourth-seeded Cal — which features two of the nation’s top freshmen in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, along with a defense that led the Pac-12 by holding opponents to 39-percent shooting.

Cal has the highest seed in its history.

The mock drafts project Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown as potential top-10 picks later this year. Both play for Cal. Other tournament players who could soon be starring on an NBA team near you: Brandon Ingram (Duke), Kris Dunn (Providence) and shooting guard Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), the nation’s second-leading scorer at 25 points a game. — Wire report

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