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March Madness Cal basketball coaching watch
Many Cal basketball coaching candidates are in action in the Big Dance
Usually March Madness has been a bit dull for Cal basketball fans the past few years, but with a coaching search underway we could be seeing our future coach in action in some capacity.
Taking a look at our big board, there are some names in action. Here’s heir schedule this coming week.
9:40 am PT, 12:40 pm ET: #13 Furman vs. #4 Virginia (Orlando, TruTV). Bob Richey has done amazing offensive work at Furman, and this is a prime upset contender against the slow paced Cavaliers.
10:40 am PT, 1:40 pm ET: #10 Utah State vs. #7 Missouri (Sacramento, TNT). This will be a bitter pill to swallow too see Cal alum Dennis Gates thriving with the Tigers, but Utah State men’s coach Ryan Odom is a hot target and definitely worth watching.
12:10 pm PT, 3:10 pm ET: #12 Charleston vs. #5 San Diego State (Orlando, TruTV). Pat Kelsey and Brian Dutcher are both peaking and Chris Acker is a top assistant who could be worthy of making the leap to the head job.
1:10 pm PT, 4:10 pm ET: #2 Arizona vs. #15 Princeton (Sacramento, TNT). Cal could take a page from Arizona and go after their associate coach Jack Murphy, as Arizona did with Gonzaga and Tommy Lloyd.
4:35 pm PT, 7:35 pm ET: #10 Boise State vs. #7 Northwestern (Sacramento, TruTV). Leon Rice has had plenty of success at Boise, is he willing to cash in for a few years at Berkeley and replicate the same success?
7:05 pm PT, 10:05 pm ET: #2 UCLA vs. #15 UNC Asheville (Sacramento, TruTV). Is this the big moment for Bruins associate coach Darren Savino to make the jump into the big chair?
9:40 am PT, 12:40 pm ET: #14 Kennesaw State vs. #3 Xavier (Greensboro, TruTV). Amir Abdur-Rahim has fashioned a spectacular turnaround at Kennesaw State and has clear ties through his brother to Berkeley. Adam Cohen is a hot young associate coaching talent who might want his own seat and has West Coast ties.
10:30 am PT, 1:30 pm ET: #14 UC Santa Barbara vs. #3 Baylor (Denver, TNT). Gauchos coach Joe Pasternack is one of the presumed favorites to get the Cal job. Basically a must-watch for Bears fans against a national title contender if you want to get a sense as to what Pasternack is like as a coach in tourney action. Also worth looking at Baylor associate Alvin Brooks
11 am PT, 2 pm ET: #5 St. Mary’s vs. #12 VCU (Albany, TBS). Randy Bennett dreams die hard don’t they? Let’s check out the Gaels and agonize over the recruitment of Aidan Mahaney again.
4:25 pm PT, 7:25 pm ET: #3 Gonzaga vs. #14 Grand Canyon (Denver, TruTV). Could Brian Michaelson be Tommy Lloyd 2.0 out of Gonzaga?
4:35 pm PT, 7:35 pm ET: #12 Drake vs. #5 Miami (Albany, TBS). Could this be the year Darian DeVries makes the move?
6:20 pm PT, 9:20 pm ET: #9 Florida Atlantic vs. #8 Memphis (Columbus, TNT). The odds for Dusty May are low given his meteoric rise (and they figure to leap further with a win here), but at least the Owls are a fun team to watch.
6:40 pm PT, 9:40 pm ET: #14 Montana State vs. #3 Kansas State (Greensboro, CBS). Is this a moment for Danny Sprinkle to jump?