March Madness Reaches Pismo Beach’s Local Team Favorite: The Cal Poly Mustangs

Cal Poly Basketball

On Wednesday night, the Cal Poly Mustang Men’s Basketball Team made history, as they not only appeared in their first NCAA Division I Tournament game, but won the game for their first Division I postseason victory. The Mustangs outscored fellow 16th seed Texas Southern, 81-69 in the first matchup between the two programs, clinching an advancement to take on the undefeated Midwest Regional No. 1 seed, Wichita State. The game will be played at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO at 4:10 pm PT on Friday, March 21st.

Cal Poly (14-19) qualified for its first NCAA Division I Tournament by winning three Big West Conference Tournament games against UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and Cal State Northridge over a three day period. The Mustangs have become the first Big West Conference team to win an NCAA Tournament game since 2005, when the 8th seed Pacific beat Pitt during the first round.

The Mustangs’ 19 losses have tied them with the 1955 Bradley team for an NCAA record of having the most losses, yet winning an NCAA Tournament game.

Cal Poly’s coaches and players believe wholeheartedly in themselves and their ability as a team. After Wednesday night’s game, Coach Joe Callero and Senior Forward Chris Eversley radiated optimism and confidence:

Cal Poly Coach, Joe Callero: “I completely believe in our guys. We had all the right components.” – USA TODAY Sports

Cal Poly Senior Forward, Chris Eversley (19 points and 9 rebounds against Texas Southern): “The only people who don’t believe we’re Cinderella is our team.” – CBS Sports, Eye On College Basketball

There are several ways to tune in and cheer on the Mustangs at 4:10 pm PT on Friday, March 21st as they take on Wichita State:

  • National television broadcast on CBS
  • Streaming available at
  • Tom Barket will announce play-by-play on ESPN 1280 in San Luis Obispo County and online at

Visiting Pismo Beach during March Madness? Cheer on your favorite team at one of our town’s preferred sports bars: The Boardroom Surfpub, Scotty’s Bar and Grill, Shell Beach Brewhouse, Mongo’s Saloon Restaurant & Sports Bar, Harry’s Night Club & Beach Bar and Alex BBQ.

Conveniently located just minutes away from these animated sports bars is SeaCrest, Pismo Beach’s OceanFront Hotel. SeaCrest will be happy to accommodate you after your evening of basketball excitement by offering unbeatable views from your choice of guestroom with an OceanView or CoastalView or upgrade to a Deluxe Spa Room for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, because we know that supporting your team can be hard work!

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