Basketball: Monday odds ‘n ends


ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has just two Pac-12 teams in his latest NCAA tournament projection — and one of them is Cal.

Lunardi envisions the Bears as a No. 10 seed, facing Creighton at Columbus. Ohio. No. 2 seed Michigan State would loom in the second round.

Washington is a No. 11 seed, according to Lunardi, Oregon is among the “first four out,” and Arizona has slipped out of the bracket to the “next four out.”

   — The NCAA’s official RPI ratings are now in and Cal is No. 37 — a drop of just one spot from a week ago. Oregon is No. 50, Washington No. 54, and Arizona sliding far off the bubble at No. 76.

   — No surprise here: No Pac-12 team got a single vote in either the AP Top-25 or ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Ouch.


Jeff Faraudo