Perhaps Ben Howland is just angry that he missed Prince, The Smashing Pumpkins or The Afghan Whigs/Usher mash at SXSW this past week?

Howland was none too pleased that the Pac-12 champion Bruins failed to be slotted into the San Jose bracket. Instead, the No. 6 seeded Bruins will travel to Austin, Texas to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Bruins travel to Austin without Jordan Adams, who sustained a broken foot in the Pac-12 Tournament. The onus is on super-frosh Shabazz Muhammad to elevate his game and live up to the preseason hype.

Per Jonathan Lloyd of, Howland zeroed in on the Midwest bracket and Oregon, a team that entered as a No. 12 seed.

“Two other Pac-12 teams got to go to San Jose,” Howland said Sunday after the tournament seedings were announced. “Honestly, I’d rather be Cal right now playing in San Jose. I’d rather be a 12 seed playing in San Jose.”


Howland questions the selection committee’s decision to ship
Bruins to Texas.