Cal players think it's cool that President Barack Obama's bracket has the Golden Bears in the Final Four.
And that's about as far as the Bears are going to take it. They are preparing to face 15th-seeded Fresno State on Saturday and perhaps regain their stride following a hiccup in the Pac-12 tournament two weeks ago that broke a 16-game win streak. Players say Obama's pick won't be a distraction for the second-seeded Bears.
''Our focus is completely on tomorrow's game and all week long we worked on just getting better at the little stuff,'' senior center Talia Caldwell said. ''Just perfecting things we have done all year, so it's nothing completely different.''
The two teams, whose campuses are 185 miles apart, traveled 1,400 miles to Lubbock to lead off first-round play in the NCAA tournament Saturday. Afterward, 10th-seeded South Florida takes on seventh-seeded Texas Tech, the host team that's appearing in its 20th NCAA tournament two decades after bringing the national title ...