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Basketball: Brackets, computers, polls

Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com’s resident “bracketologist,” has just one Pac-10 in his projected NCAA Tournament field this week — and it’s Cal.

Lunardi has the Bears as a No. 10 seed, playing No. 7 UNLV at Milwaukee, with the winner facing either No. 2 Michigan State or Sam Houston in the second round.

Saint Mary’s is a No. 9 seed, matched against No. 8 Cornell at Providence, R.I., with the winner advancing to play either Villanova or Stony Brook.

The top seeds, according to Lunardi, will be Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Villanova.

THE COMPUTER POLLS: Cal checks in at No. 26 in today’s official NCAA RPI computer poll, down two spots from a week ago. Three teams that have beaten the Bears — Kansas, Syracuse and New Mexico — are in the top 10. Bad news for Saint Mary’s, which walloped Santa Clara and USF, but dropped 10 spots from No. 35 to 45.

The rest of the Pac-10 in the RPI: 55. Washington; 67. Arizona; 77. ASU; 80. USC; 106. WSU; 136. UCLA; 146. Oregon; 155. Stanford. 195. OSU.

Cal is No. 35 in the Sagarin computer poll, with Saint Mary’s at No. 32. The rest of the Pac-10: 52. Washington; 53. ASU; 73. USC; 76. Arizona; 94. WSU; 114. Oregon; 117. Stanford; 125. UCLA; 151. OSU.

TOP-25 POLLS: You won’t be real surprised to learn there are still no Pac-10 teams ranked in either the AP writers poll or the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. You can click here to view both of them. Kansas is No. 1 in both, with Syracuse No. 2 according to AP, Kentucky No. 2 in the coaches poll.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh.

    Okay, I took a trip out of town, and when I returned, I realized that I had forgotten all about the hype of Cal’s preseason ranking as well as the pain of their close losses, and discovered that the Bears were alone in first place! WHOOPIE!