Jerry Palm of CBS Sportsline is projecting Cal as a No. 12 seed, playing No. 5 Florida State in a first-round game at Portland. If this were to happen, actually not a bad draw. A short trip and a bracket that avoids a potential second-round game against a No. 1.
Palm’s scenario has the Bears facing a possible second-round game vs. No. 4 Murray State or No. 13 Long Beach State.
One concern: Palm envisions Cal as the Pac-12 tournament winner, and includes no at-large entry — no Washington — in his field. What does that mean if the Bears don’t win Friday and Saturday?
Meanwhile . . .
Joe Lunardi’s latest ESPN “bracketology” report has the Bears seeded No. 10 and facing No. 7 New Mexico in Greensboro, N.C. That scenario would set up a potential second-round game vs. Duke — a rematch of Cal’s second-round game in 2010.
Lunardi still has two Pac-12 teams in the field, projecting regular-season champ Washington into a No. 12 play-in game. That would change, of course, if someone other than Cal wins the Pac-12 tournament.