Basketball: ESPN experts pick Bears in Pac-12

ESPN.com revealed its college basketball predictions today, with its 15 experts picking the winners of all major conferences, along with the Final Four and national championship.

Eight of the 15 project Cal to win the Pac-12 crown.

Those banking on the Bears are: Jay Bilas, John Gasaway, Doug Gottlieb (whose brother Gregg in on Cal’s staff), Diamond Leung, Myron Medcalf, Dana O’Neil, Miles Simon and Jay Williams.

Andy Katz, Stephen Bardo and Jason King pick UCLA, Dick Vitale and Joe Lunardi went with Arizona and Eamonn Brennan and Fran Fraschilla chose Washington.

Here are all of ESPN.com’s predictions.


Jeff Faraudo

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Analyst John Gasaway has Cal in the final four. Not sure who he is but he’s now my favorite person at evil ESPN. He’s the only one with any PAC 12 team in his final four.

  • Paul Thomas

    John Gasaway is one of the Basketball Prospectus guys. Very stat-savvy. Though, I suspect in this case, he’s just going out on a limb because, screw it, why not.

  • milo

    It’s nice to get a pick for the Final Four but c’mon, without a dominate big man that’s a tough one.

    Conceivably if the front court comes together with depth and a good rotation, Cal can do well and take the Pac but beyond that it’s a stretch.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Really his prediction doesn’t guarantee we’ll make the final four? Thanks.

    I’m talking about respect, and at least Gasaway has some for the west and Monty.