While ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Cal as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament field, CBS expert Jerry Palm isn’t quite as high on the Bears.
Palm’s updated bracket has Cal in a March 14 Dayton, Ohio, play-in game vs. South Florida for the right to enter the East region as a No. 12 seed. The Bears then would face No. 4 Wisconsin in Nashville, Tenn., on March 16.
Gonna be a wild six days.
Meanwhile . . .
– Cal signee Kaileb Rodriguez, a 6-foot-8 forward from ThunderRidge HS in Highlands Ranch, Colo., has been selected to play in The Show, the state’s April 6 high school all-star game. Rodriguez averaged 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for a team with balanced scoring that finished 20-6 after losing in the state quarterfinals.
— How many ex-Pac-12 players does it take to fill up an all-Mountain West team? Well, former UCLA players Drew Gordon (New Mexico) and Mike Moser (UNLV) were first-team picks, former Bruin Chace Stanback (UNLV) was a third-team selection and Washington State transfer Xavier Thames (San Diego State) was an honorable mention choice.