The Pac-12 Conference foes play back-to-back as they both hope to pull off upsets to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Cal is asking fans to wear gold while Oregon is telling its fans to wear yellow.
If it happens, it should create an atmosphere that is not only bright, but also provides a home court advantage for the Pac-12 schools. The No. 12 seed Ducks face No. 4 Saint Louis at 4:10 p.m., while the No. 12 Golden Bears play No. 4 Syracuse about 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game.
Via various Twitter accounts associated with both programs, Cal and Oregon are attempting to circulate the word to lend support to their Pac-12 brethren.
"I think we're in this thing together," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Our league needs to move forward and success in the NCAA Tournament is a vital part of that." Cal, as expected, had a huge following at its 64-61 win over UNLV in Thursday's evening session. The Ducks also had a strong -- and loud -- contingent when it beat Oklahoma State 68-55 in the afternoon session.
"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." It could create a situation that runs counter to what the NCAA normally aims for. Cal and Oregon, despite being the lower seeds, are playing in regionals much closer to home than their higher seeded opponents.
Saint Louis isn't concerning itself with that.
"We've played in hostile crowds and atmospheres," Billikens junior guard Dwayne Evans said. "I don't think that'll play too much into it. We're a veteran team who's used to adversity so hey, bring it on."