The NCAA Tournament is back.
The Cal State Fullerton Golden Bears (22-9, 16-7 Pac-12) will face the NCAA’s Cal-Southern Bulldogs (21-10, 16 of 18) on Thursday night.
Cal State’s victory over Cal-Sox will be the sixth straight NCAA Tournament victory for the Golden Bears, who also won the last three Big East titles.
The Bulldogs are now a perfect 11-0 against NCAAs teams.
Cal’s three victories over NCAAS teams have been by double digits.
Cal is coming off a 72-62 win over Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Bears have won five of their last six games and the only time they’ve lost to an NCA as a team was a 70-60 loss to Arizona in the Elite Eight.
Cal and Gonzaga play in the Final Four for the fourth straight year.
Cal leads the Pac-10 in scoring (18.8 ppg) and has won four of its last five games.
Gonzaga has dropped its last four games and lost three of its four.
Gonzate is 8-0 at home and has beaten Cal on the road only once.
Cal has won the past three games by double figures.
Gonzalands last loss to Cal was a 73-67 defeat on Dec. 18, 2007.
Cal also beat Gonzaga last season by an average of 18.3 points.
Gonzago has won nine of its past 10 games.
Cal will try to rebound from its loss to Gonzaga, which snapped a two-game winning streak.
The Bears are 3-1 this season in the Ncaas second-round series.
The series is scheduled for Thursday.
The NCAas season is scheduled to start on Friday.
The teams meet for the first time since the 2009 NCAA Tournament, which Cal won by 19 points.
The final game of the 2009 tournament, a 69-64 win by Cal over North Carolina, ended in a game-tying shot by Bryce Dejean-Jones with 2.8 seconds left.
The Eagles won the next two games before falling to Oregon State in the first round.
Cal won the 2010-11 season series with Gonzaga by 14 points.