Yes, it’s more than a little early for this kind of thing, but why not?
ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi has projected Cal as a No. 9 seed in the 2011 NCAA tournament. Lunardi has the Bears facing Clemson in a first-round game at Pittsburgh.
Of course, the official bracket won’t be announced for more than 10 months, so you might want to delay purchasing your airline tickets.
The Pac-12 will earn five NCAA berths next season, according to Lunardi’s vision. He also has Arizona (without Derrick Williams) as a No. 3 seed, UCLA (without Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee) at No. 7, Washington (without Isaiah Thomas) as a No. 10, and USC (without Nikola Vucevic) as a No. 12.
Here’s the full bracket.