Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Post-Game Notes: #5 COLO (59), #4 CAL (56)
The victory for fifth-seeded Colorado is the first time in this year’s tournament that a lower-seeded team has defeated a higher-seeded opponent.
Colorado maintained the lead in this game for over 35 minutes (last lead for Cal: 4-2 @ 1st 16:39) with their largest lead of 13 (@ 1st – 03:48)
With this win, Colorado is undefeated against California in postseason games, 3-0 (this season; 2012 Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals, and 2011 NIT quarterfinals).
Colorado moves to 23 wins on the season, the third most victories in school history. Coach Boyle owns all three (24 wins in each of the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 seasons).
With this win, Colorado is now 8-1 when Askia Booker leads the team in scoring. Today, Booker had 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Justin Cobbs was California’s leading scoring in the game scoring 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, while also picking up 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
With this win, Colorado evens the all-time series with California, 12-12. They now lead Cal on neutral floor games, 3-1. This win also comes after losing to California in OT just five days ago. It is also the second time in three years that Colorado has upset California to advance further into the tournament.
With this loss, California has now been upset two years in a row in their first game of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Colorado advances to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals for the second time in their first three years in the Pac-12 Tournament. They are now 13-5 in postseason games under Head Coach Tad Boyle
This win also improves Coach Boyle’s postseason winning percentage to .722, and ranks first in school history. Also, Coach Boyle is now .600 on neutral courts, third overall at Colorado.
With four blocks in today’s game, Junior David Kravish set a Cal single-season record with 64 blocks. Kravish bested his previous school single-season mark of 63 set last year.
With 16 rebounds today, Richard Solomon posted his third straight double-digit rebounding game, 15th overall of the season, and was just one shy of his career high (17).
No. 4 seed California is the only Pac-12 team to finish in the top-4 in regular season conference standings in the past 6 years, including two trips to the tournament championship.
This is the second time these two teams have met in the Pac-12 Tournament since the addition of COLO and UTAH in 2011. The last time they played each other in the tournament, Colorado (then a No. 6 seed) upset California (then a No. 2 seed) COLO 70 vs. CAL 59, on the way to Colorado’s first and only Pac-12 Tournament Title in 2012.
Coming into this game Colorado Sr. Forward, Richard Solomon, leads the Pac-12 in rebounding (10 rpg, ranked 16th nationally in rebounding) and is currently 8th in school history in rebounds (743 in 108 games).
These two teams just recently played on Mar. 8 in Haas Pavilion, CA. California held on to win in OT (66-65) in their only matchup this season.