California was able to pull away early in the second half and then hang on for a 64-61 upset victory, setting up a date with the Big East's Syracuse Orange.
But what if Cal actually won the game inside? What if Cal's forwards outscored the guards? What if a future lottery pick was absolutely flustered by an active zone defense? What if the Bears came up with 10 dunks and outscore UNLV in the paint, 34 to 18?
Because all of those things happened. Cal beat a team with two NBA draftable forwards by dominating them in the post on both ends. I didn't think it was possible.
Guard Allen Crabbe led all scorers with 19 points in the game, shooting 7-for-15 from the field while also pulling down nine rebounds, dishing out four assists and nabbing two steals.
Now, Syracuse stands between California and a stunning Sweet 16 berth. Only a few days ago, many were saying how the Golden Bears had no right to be in the tournament. How things change so quickly.