ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi has elevated Cal to the “Next Four Out” category of his latest NCAA tournament projections.
Lunardi still has three Pac-10 teams in the field: Arizona as a No. 5 seed, UCLA at No. 7 and Washington at No. 10.
USC is listed among the “First Four Out,” along with Washington State, Alabama and Missouri State.
Others in the “Next Four Out” foursome along with Cal are Memphis, UTEP and Penn State.
Still lots of work to do for the Bears, but they are getting closer.
Here’s Lunardi’s most recent bracket projection.