California has felt hunted all season and the Golden Bears will carry that preyed-upon attitude when they face South Florida for a spot in the NCAA regional semifinals.
The Bulls will try to knock off the Bears when the teams meet in the second round of the Spokane Regional on Monday night.
Second-seeded California is having its best season in program history, earning a share of the Pac-12 title with Stanford, seeded No. 1 in the regional. The Bears lost in the second round of the conference tournament to end a 16-game win streak that began when they beat the Cardinal in January.
California is the only team not seeded first in the NCAA's that has a win over a top seed.
The 10th-seeded Bears face an uptempo South Florida team that edged seventh-seeded Texas Tech for spot in the second round.