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Just 13-19 on season, Cal Poly is confident heading into NCAA debut against Texas Southern

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    Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero is interviewed during practice for an NCAA college basketball tournament game, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly plays Texas Southern Wednesday evening in a first round game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

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    Cal Poly forward Chris Eversley dribbles behind his back during practice for an NCAA college basketball tournament game, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly plays Texas Southern Wednesday evening in a first round game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

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    Cal Poly guard Dave Nwaba shoots during practice for an NCAA college basketball tournament game, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly plays Texas Southern Wednesday evening in a first round game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

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    Cal Poly forward Zach Gordon dunks during practice for an NCAA college basketball tournament game, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly plays Texas Southern Wednesday evening in a first round game. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

Less than a week ago, Cal Poly was 10-19, seeded seventh in the nine-team Big West Conference tournament and seemingly headed for an early bus ride home.

Somehow, someway, the Mustangs won three games to become just the 20th team with a losing record to arrive at the NCAA tournament.

Now upbeat coach Joe Callero points out that if his team wins the NCAA title, it'll finish above .500.

The Mustangs (13-19) meet Texas Southern in a First Four showdown Wednesday at the University of Dayton.

It's not as if the Tigers were making NCAA plans, either. Just 5-9 when 2014 began, Texas Southern (19-14) won its last nine games to earn a spot in this unlikeliest of matchups.