2nd-seeded Cal takes on Fresno St, while Texas Tech battles South Florida in NCAA 1st round

Cal players think it's cool that President Barack Obama's bracket has the Golden Bears in the Final Four.

The Bears are preparing to face 15th-seeded Fresno State as they try to 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 Final Four pick won't be a distraction for the second-seeded Bears.

The two teams, whose campuses are 185 miles apart, traveled 1,400 miles to Lubbock, Texas, 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 to West Texas.