Here’s the latest . . .
– BRACKET PROJECTIONS: ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Cal as a No. 7 seed in his mock bracket today. He has the Bears facing No. 10 Old Dominion in Oklahoma City (ugh), with Kansas State looming in the second round.
Lunardi has two Pac-10 teams in the field for the first time, with Arizona State as a No. 12, facing Maryland in San Jose. Washington is among the “first four out,” meanng the Huskies have some work to do.
St. Mary’s is projected as a No. 11 (facing Texas A&M in New Orleans) and is no longer on Lunardi’s “last four in” list. Does that mean the Gaels are safe even if they lose tonight to Gonzaga in the WCC tournament final? We won’t know for sure until Sunday afternoon.
Jerry Palm of CollegeRPI.com remains unimpressed with Cal. He has the Bears as a No. 12 seed playing Wisconsin in Spokane, Wash. A bit hard to figure, given that his RPI formula also has the Bears at No. 20. Palm’s other three No. 12 seeds and their RPI rankings: San Diego State (36), Memphis (46) and Seton Hall (55). Doesn’t jive.
COMPUTER RATINGS: Cal sits at No. 20 today in the NCAA’s official RPI computer rankings. Saint Mary’s is No. 43, Washington is No.45 and ASU is No. 53.
Jeff Sagarin ranks the Bears No. 29 in his Sagarin computer ratings. Saint Mary’s is No. 37, UW is at No. 46 and ASU at No. 47.
THE POLLS: Kansas is back on top in both the AP writers top-25 and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Cal got two votes this week in the AP rankings, four votes from the coaches. Here’s a link to both polls.