ESPN.com’s tireless Joe Lunardi has provided us his latest projected 2012 NCAA tournament bracket, following Sunday’s NBA draft decisions.
Lunardi includes five Pac-10 teams in his bracket, including Cal as a No. 10 seed, facing No. 7 Michigan in Columbus, Ohio.
Also in the field from the Pac-10: Arizona, UCLA, Washington and USC.
Arizona’s projected No. 2 seed seems very high to us. Those freshmen are going to be good, but the loss of Derrick Williams will be bigger. UCLA is at No. 8, Washington at No. 10 and USC at No. 12, in a play-in game vs. Saint Mary’s.
North Carolina, Ohio State, Duke and Kentucky are Lunardi’s four No. 1 seeds. Could be any year, right?