The 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket was just revealed this evening on CBS. In the South Region, the No. 4 seed Cal Golden Bears (23-10 will take on 13th-seeded Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (27-5) in the first round. Cal fell to Utah in the Pac-12 semifinals on Friday night, while Hawaii won the Big West Tournament crown.
The winner of this match-up will take on the winner of No. 5 Maryland against No. 12 South Dakota State on Sunday.
Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Spokane, Wash.
Announcers: Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude
Opening Betting Line: TBA
Prediction: The Bears are talent-laden, even if their record doesn't accurately reflect that. Still, they should have enough to outlast a tough Rainbow Warrior squad and advance to the Round of 32.
Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb and company will be a tough out for as long as they are alive in this region. Watch out Maryland (and presumably Kansas as well).