SAN JOSE -- Cal and Oregon fans may create a bright gold-and-yellow blur Saturday in HP Pavilion and on national television for Saturday's round of 32 doubleheader.
The Pac-12 Conference foes combined their promotional efforts as both try to pull off upsets to reach the Sweet 16. Cal is asking fans to wear gold when the No. 12 Bears face No. 4 Syracuse. Likewise Oregon is telling its fans to wear yellow as the No. 12 Ducks face No. 4 Saint Louis in Saturday's opener.
It's created a unique instance of Pac-12 cooperation amid fan bases. "That's exciting to have a lot of Pac-12 fans here and having Oregon cheering for us," Cal junior guard Justin Cobbs said. "We really appreciate that and we'll be there for them, also."
"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 Brandon Triche said.
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."