Cal gets No. 4 seed in NIT, to host Ole Miss

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Cal gets No. 4 seed in NIT, to host Ole Miss

March 13, 2011
CAL PAGE

California has accepted a bid to the 20011 National Invitation Tournament and will host Ole Miss in a first-round game at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Haas Pavilion.The Golden Bears, who are seeded fourth in their region of the bracket, finished the regular season with a 17-14 record, while the Rebels are seeded fifth and are 20-13. The winner of the Cal-Ole Miss game will play the winner of No. 1 seeded Colorado-No. 8 seeded Texas Southern in the second round. Tickets for Cal's opening-round game of the NIT are available for purchase starting Sunday night through the link at CalBears.com.Fans may also call (800) GO BEARS or visit the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at 2223 Fulton St. during business hours. The ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Reserved seats are 50 for chairback sets, 40 for premium bench seats, 25 for adults and 15 for youth (12th grade and under). Cal student tickets are 10 for the game.Wednesday will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and Ole Miss. Cal is participating in the NIT for the seventh time and owns an 11-5 record in the event. The Bears won the championship in 1999 and reached the quarterfinals in both 1987 and 2000. Cal's NIT berth in 1986 marked the school's first postseason appearance since the NCAA runner-up squad of 1960, although the Bears made a first-round exit. Cal also advanced to the second round in 1989.In its most-recent NIT appearance in 2008, Cal edged New Mexico by two at Haas Pavilion, 68-66, before falling to Ohio State in Columbus, 73-56.Cal reached the semifinals in 1999 with a home win over Fresno State (79-71) at the Oakland Arena, a 17-point comeback at DePaul (58-57) and another victory in Oakland over Colorado State (71-62). The Bears met a familiar foe in Oregon in the semis in New York. Although Cal lost both regular-season games to the Ducks, it prevailed, 85-69, behind 22 points from Mike Gill. The Bears then edged Clemson, 61-60, for the title, going ahead when Geno Carlisle hit a free throw to complete a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left. Lampley, who had 16 points vs. Clemson, was named the NIT's MVP. Including the NCAA Tournament, this marks Cal's 23rd foray into the postseason. Head coach Mike Montgomery has guided the Bears into either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT in each of his three seasons at the helm for the Bears. Last season, after the Bears won their first Pac-10 title in 50 years, Cal advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual-national champion Duke.Cal is paced by the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Allen Crabbe, who led the Bears in scoring in conference games at 16.4 ppg. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez was named to the All-Pac-10 first team, while junior forward Harper Kamp made the All-Pac-10 second team. Gutierrez and Kamp lead the Bears with 14.3 ppg in all games. Ole Miss is led by Chris Warren, who is averaging 19.0 ppg. Zach Graham is also averaging double figures in scoring (14.1 ppg). Reginald Buckner and Terrance Henry pace the Rebels on the boards at 6.5 rpg and 6.1 rpg, respectively. Ole Miss has won two of its last three contests. The Rebels fell to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, 75-66.The 2011 NIT field features 32 teams seeded 1-8 in four different regions. In addition to Colorado, the other top seeds are Virginia Tech, Alabama and Boston College.The first three rounds of the NIT are played at host school sites, starting with the opening round March 15-16. Second-round contests will be contested March 18-21 and quarterfinals March 22-23. The semifinals and final are set for March 29-31 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Courtesy Cal media services

Thornton, Marleau now permitted to speak with other teams

Thornton, Marleau now permitted to speak with other teams

Their futures with the Sharks more uncertain than ever, pending unrestricted free agents Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are now free to take calls from other teams to gauge their potential interest.

Nothing can be signed with a new team before July 1, and there is a ban on discussing terms of any potential deal. Teams have already reached out to Marleau, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, while Thornton is also reportedly receiving interest around the league.

While they could still return to the Sharks, it’s new territory for both, as neither Thornton nor Marleau has ever tested the unrestricted free agent waters. Most recently, they agreed to three-year contract extensions with the Sharks on the same day – Jan. 24, 2014 – in what was the final year of their current deals.

Whether they return to the Sharks could depend on the length of the deal. If other teams are willing to offer multiple-year deals to Thornton and Marleau, it makes their return to the Sharks less likely – particularly in Marleau’s case. Earlier in the offseason, NBC Sports California confirmed that Thornton was seeking a three-year deal, while Marleau preferred a deal of at least three years.

General manager Doug Wilson’s top priority this offseason is to re-sign goalie Martin Jones and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to long term extensions. Those contracts would likely cost the team a combined $12-14 million, and would begin in the 2018-19 season.

There is an added risk to any team that signs a player over the age of 35, as it would be on the hook for the entire salary cap hit regardless of whether that player is active (unless that player is on long-term injured reserve). 

Thornton turns 38 on Sunday, while Marleau turns 38 on Sep. 15.

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

For the third straight season, Draymond Green is considered one of the best five defenders in the NBA.

The NBA announced Monday that Green was named to the 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Of the 100 ballots submitted, according to the NBA, Green received 99 first-place votes, but no second-place votes, meaning one voter left Green off their ballot.

Green is joined by Utah's Rudy Gobert, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley.

Gobert and Leonard also recieved 99 of a possible 100 First or Second team votes.

Green, Leonard and Gobert are the three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year, which will be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards Show in New York.

Green is the first player in Warriors franchise history to earned All-Defensive First Team honors three years in a row.

In a season when he had several game-saving plays, Green averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.38 blocks and a league-leading 2.03 steals in 76 games. Green was also the first player in franchise history with at least 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season.

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson received eight First-Team votes and 29 Second-Team votes for a total of 45 points. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant received six Second-Team votes. Sixth Man of the Year candidate Andre Iguodala received one First-Team vote and one Second-Team vote. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry received three Second-Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete media ballots will be posted at NBA.com/official tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27).