LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Head coach Mike Montgomery of the Stanford Cardinal complains to the referees in the game against the California Golden Bears during the quarterfinals of the Pac12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament 2012: Vermont Advances; USF Hammers Cal

The 2012 NCAA Tournament's First Four is over. Vermont earned a chance to play UNC, while USF won a date with Temple.

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Cal Vs. USF Final Score: Bulls Win 65-54, Secure Spot In NCAA Tournament's Round Of 64

After an abysmal first half that included 20 percent shooting from the field, the California Golden Bears were able to provide a semblance of a team that could actually compete for a spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament's Round of 64. Unfortunately that wasn't enough, as the Bears fell to the South Florida Bulls, 65-54.

The Bulls picked up their first-ever victory in the NCAA Tournament with the 11-point victory, which was never in doubt. South Florida made just two shots and two free throws in the final seven minutes and didn't sweat it at all. Victor Rudd Jr. led the way with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Anthony Collins picked up only two points in the second half to finish with 12 points.

The Bears outscored the Bulls in the second half, 41-29, thanks to Harper Kamp and his 19 points. Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe added 11 and 10 points, respectively, but the team reached just 36.8 percent shooting from the field.

The No. 12 Bulls have advanced to face the No. 5 Temple Owls on Friday.

For more on the two teams, head to USF Bulls blog Voodoo Five and Cal Bears blog California Golden Blogs. For more coverage from this end of the bracket, keep it on our NCAA Tournament Midwest Region StoryStream. Stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and more.

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Cal Vs. USF Score: Bulls Dominating Bears At Halftime, 36-13

Pac-12 basketball has been rightly criticized throughout the season because of its lackluster performance, and the California Golden Bears have done nothing to disprove that this Wednesday night. The Bears are losing to the South Florida Bulls at halftime, 36-13.

The Bears went scoreless for the last 8:55 of the first half while the Bulls went on a 14-0 run to close things out. The Bears' shooting has been abysmal, hitting just 20.8 percent of its shots and missing all five three-point attempts. Harper Kamp leads the team with seven points while three others have two points each.

Anthony Collins has the Bulls' team lead in points with 10 while Augustus Gilchrist has eight. Five others have scored and have put the team at 66.7 percent of shots made. If the Bulls keep this lead (mind you, Iona did give up a 25-point lead to BYU on Tuesday night), they would go on to face the No. 5 Temple Owls.

For more on the two teams, head to USF Bulls blog Voodoo Five and Cal Bears blog California Golden Blogs. For more coverage from this end of the bracket, keep it on our NCAA Tournament Midwest Region StoryStream. Stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and more.

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Lamar Vs. Vermont Final Score: Catamounts Move On With 71-59 Win

The Vermont Catamounts have moved on to the last 64 in the NCAA Tournament with a 71-59 victory over the Lamar Cardinals in their First Four game.

The Catamounts pulled off a great road upset over the Stony Brook Seawolves in the America East Tournament to get into the Big Dance, and they've pulled off another big NCAA Tournament win, the second in the school's history. They move on to face the Midwest region's No. 1 seed, the North Carolina Tar Heels, in a virtual home game for UNC on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

Vermont's bench was absolutely spectacular. Four McGlynn was the game's leading scorer with 18 points off the bench, while Pat Bergmann also came off the pine to hit all four of his shots, scoring eight points. As a unit, the Catamounts' bench scored 35 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded five assists while shooting 11-of-15.

Lamar got 16 points from both Mike James and Devon Lamb while Anthony Miles kicked in 14, but they got absolutely nothing from their bench, which chipped in just five points as a unit.

For more on the Catamounts, head to Unranked America East. Stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and more.

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Lamar Vs. Vermont Score Update: Catamounts Lead 30-21 At Halftime

The penultimate First Four game in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is underway on Wednesday night. Two more teams are competing for the final No. 16 seeds in the prestigious national tournament. In the first of two Wednesday night elimination games, the Lamar Cardinals are taking on the Vermont Catamounts. Through the first half, the game is a bit lopsided. Vermont leads 30-21, heading into halftime.

Lamar took an early lead, but that vanished quickly as the Catamounts began sinking buckets in bunches. Vermont guard Four McGlynn is leading all scorers through the first half with 10 points.

The winner of this game will enter the NCAA Tournament's Round of 64, where they will face off against No. 1 seed the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Midwest region.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Cal Vs. USF: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Tuesday's First Four game between at-large teams will set the winner up to be a massive underdog, but the winner of Wednesday's first four game between the California Golden Bears and South Florida Bulls might have some potential backers in the NCAA Tournament. Though neither team finished particularly strong in the regular season or their conference tournaments, both teams have plenty of talent and some quality wins under their belt.

South Florida incredibly got to the tournament without a single player averaging double-digit points per game. They're 328th in the country in points per game. California isn't as strong defensively as USF, but score at a much higher clip. They're led by Pac-12 Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez and leading scorer Allen Crabbe.

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14, 9:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

TV: truTV

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Lewis Johnson

For more on the two teams, head to USF Bulls blog Voodoo Five and Cal Bears blog California Golden Blogs. For more coverage from this end of the bracket, keep it on our NCAA Tournament Midwest Region StoryStream. Stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and more.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Lamar Vs. Vermont: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Vermont Catamounts have looked like a serious contender for an NCAA Tournament bid for most of the season, while things looked dim for the Lamar Cardinals less than a month ago. Following a loss to Stephen F. Austin, first-year coach Pat Knight called out his seniors, going so far as to say that they were the worst group of seniors that he had ever seen and that some of them used drugs. Since that rant on February 22, Lamar has not lost.

Vermont's run to the NCAA Tournament was a bit more quiet, though they got into the tournament in spectacular fashion. They finished second in the America East behind Stony Brook, who they split with during the regular season. They defeated Hartford in the semifinals of the America East Tournament, then beat Stony Brook in their arena to capture the conference's automatic bid.

The winner of the First Four game between Lamar and Vermont goes on to face the Midwest region's No. 1 seed, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14, 6:40 p.m. ET

Venue: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

TV: truTV

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Lewis Johnson

For more on the Catamounts, head to Unranked America East. For more coverage from this end of the bracket, keep it on our NCAA Tournament Midwest Region StoryStream. Stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and more.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Schedule And Bracket: First Four Wraps Up Wednesday

The First Four concludes on Wednesday. Lamar and Vermont face off for a chance to play UNC, while Cal and Vermont try to win a date with Temple.

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