Cal shot 63 percent in the first half as it raced out to a 38 23 lead at the break. Arkansas' pressure bothered the Bears in the second half, but by then they had enough of a lead to withstand the Razorbacks' late surge.
Cal's zone defense also was effective when the Bears beat Arkansas 85 77 at the Maui Invitational in November.
BERKELEY Cal used a sizzling start to claim another NIT victory in its final home game of the season.
The Razorbacks missed 22 of their first 25 shots from the field, and Cal bolted out to a 31 8 lead.
Arkansas' pressure defense made for a somewhat tense final few minutes, but Cal (21 13) closed out the win with six straight free throws to earn a quarterfinal matchup with No. The winner moves on to the semifinals next week at Madison Square Garden in New York.
High in Richmond. "I've been focusing more on little things. It's not all about scoring. Today I focused on rebounds, and that got me going."
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"I felt Ty (Wallace) in particular at the top of the zone did a really nice job taking away the high post," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.
The Bears led by 24 with 14:20 to play.
Cal's zone defense caused Arkansas, the No. 15 scoring team in the country, to get off to an icy cold start.
16 points, and David Kravish contributed 13 points and eight rebounds.
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After a difficult Pac 12 campaign, Bird continued to play well in the NIT. He finished with 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting and a career high eight rebounds to lead Cal.
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Led by freshman Jabari Bird, who had one of the best games of his career, the Bears held off a late charge from Arkansas to win 75 64 in the second round of the NIT on Monday at Haas Pavilion in front of 2,518 fans.
With senior forward Richard Solomon sidelined with a concussion for a second straight game, the Bears were forced to use a smaller lineup against Arkansas (22 13). It worked just fine.
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California Golden Bears' Ricky Kreklow (24) drives past Arkansas Razorbacks defender Coty Clarke (4) during the first half in the second round National Invitational Tournament on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.
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first time since 2008, got 15 points from Rashad Madden.
Cal has a quick turnaround for its quarterfinal and may be down another starter after guard Ricky Kreklow broke his nose late in the game against Arkansas.
"We came out really moving the ball, and that was nice to see," Montgomery said. "(The Razorbacks) really rely on their pressure, they want to turn you over and get turnovers for baskets, and we fell prey to Air Max Motion For Sale that a little bit, but by and large we did a good job of moving the ball."
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