SAN JOSE -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is impressed by Cal's Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, but perhaps even more so by Justin Cobbs.
"Their guards are good, really good," Boeheim said. "Crabbe is a tremendous shooter, one of the best shooters in the country.
"And their point guard made so many big plays (Thursday) night, really big plays," he said, referring to Cobbs' performance in the Bears' 64-61 NCAA tournament win over UNLV.
"That game would have gone the other way, but he made some huge plays down the stretch, getting in the lane and getting the ball to the big guys.
"Two really good players."
"I heard from my loved ones and friends and from a lot of people I haven't heard from in years," Thurman said. "I got one from my mom saying I played well and she loved me."
His dad didn't bother texting -- he was at HP Pavilion. "I could hear some screaming from the court, which was not surprising," Thurman said.
"I remember us not being ranked and them being ranked 12th, and we beat 'em by 20," Syracuse senior guard Brandon
Actually, Cal was No. 13 in the AP Top 25, Syracuse No. 25.
And the Orange won 95-73.
Triche, a freshman starter at the time, scored nine points. Brandon Smith was a freshman on the Cal team that featured Jerome Randle and went on to win the Pac-10 regular-season title.
"Even with all the talent we had my freshman year, we got beat pretty bad," Smith said.
"I think we have better teams in general," Triche said. "I think they have five teams in the (NCAA) tournament, which is good for (the Pac-12). For the teams that are ranked pretty high, they usually get national attention."