Basketball: Lunardi doesn’t see Cal at-large

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, in an online chat today, said he’s not optimistic about Cal’s chances of getting an NCAA Tournament bid, regardless of what the Bears accomplish at the Pac-10 tournament, short of winning the event.

Here’s the exchange: 

Roll On (California)

“Does Cal have any chance of getting into the Dance f they do well in the conference tourney? Let’s say 2 wins (against USC, then Arizona) in the tourney, which brings them to 19 wins I believe.”

Joe Lunardi

“Possible for Cal, at-large, but unlikely. Think the Pac-10 tourney will be full of surprises, though.”

Lunardi has USC among the “first four out” in his latest bracket projection and Washington State among the “next four out.”

According to RealTimeRPI.com, Cal is No. 66, USC is No. 69 and WSU is No. 75.

Jeff Faraudo