March Madness: Cal to face South Florida

California's Jorge Gutierrez, right, drives the ball against Oregon State's Jared Cunningham (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

March 11, 2012 8:17:49 PM PDT
The Cal Bears have lost three of their last four games but still ended the year with 24 wins. That turned out to be enough as they got their invite to the Big Dance.

Cal will be in the Midwest region. Cal will face South Florida in a play-in game for the 12th seed. The Bears and the South Florida Bulls will face off in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PST.

The Bears have struggled with their offense the last four games. But it's a new season and Head Coach Mike Montgomery and his team are ready to roll.

"Now it's just up to us to go and prove that we do belong and that we are a decent basketball team and that the league is good," Montgomery said.

St. Mary's is the 7th seed in the Midwest and will face Purdue in Omaha on Friday. That's a tough first round matchup.

The top seeds are Kentucky in the South, Syracuse in the East, North Carolina in the Midwest and Michigan State in the West.