Basketball: CBS’ Palm projects Cal as No. 12


Jerry Palm of CBS Sportsline has Cal as a No. 12 seed in the NCAA tournament, playing in Portland as of Saturday morning.

Palm projects the Bears to face No. 5 Florida State in the first round, with the winner taking on either No. 4 Louisville or New Mexico State.

According to Palm’s current bracket, Arizona will get in as a No. 13 seed. Of course, if the Wildcats lose to Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament game, two things happen: The Buffs land the automatic bid and Arizona gets bumped . . . probably out of the field.

Meanwhile  . . .

LUNARDI SAYS 2: JoeLunardi’s latest bracket on ESPN.com has Cal as a No. 11 facing No. 6 UNLV in Albuquerque.   Lunardi said this morning that “if you assume Cal is in, and I do,” then Washington won’t make the cut. The Huskies, without a headline victory on its resume, will become the first regular-season champ from a power league to be left out of the NCAAs. Lunardi says it will be Cal and the winner of the Arizona-Colorado game. 

UPDATED RPI: Cal’s loss to Colorado on Frirday night cost the Bears just two spots in the latest official NCAA RPI ratings. Cal dropped from No. 34 to No. 36.

The RPI is only one of many measuring sticks used by the selection committee, but Cal’s position according to the computer is far better than any other Pac-12 school. Here’s where others sit: No. 64 Oregon, No. 69 Washington, No. 71 Colorado, No. 73 Arizona.

TWO KEY GAMES: There are two outcomes Pac-12 teams and fans will be watching today. Regular-season champs Long Beach State (24-8/No. 37 RPI) of the Big West and Memphis (25-8/No. 16 RPI) of C-USA both play in their conference title games today. If either loses, they’re likely to grab an at-large, squeezing the field by another spot. UPDATE:  Memphis crushed Marshall 83-57 for the C-USA title — a good result for Pac-12 hopefuls.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Looking at the Nitty Gritty Report, Long Beach would probably not get in over Cal if they lose the auto bid. Compare those two, LBSU has 1 top 50 wins, but their record is padded with 14 wins against 200+ ranked teams, and they are otherwise very similar.


  • wehofx

    In Monty I trust but I cringe(d) every time he put Brandon Smith into the game. He seems like a good kid but his decision making sucks and the walk at half court was inexcusable. He’s good for a couple of lazy passes that get stolen and a couple of impossible drives to the hole that result in turn overs per game.

    I get it that Monty has to spell JG and JC but I am not optimistic about our prospects in the Tourny. I sure hope Monty is going to get at least 3 guards next year especially with JG’s departure.

    Go Bears!

  • ConcordBear

    I’m lost in regards to Smith.
    He has gone from a solid player to a total disaster. Jeff, can you ask Brandon after selection Sunday what is up?
    Monty, the starting 5 and all Cal fans are just begging someone from the bench to step up and earn PT and help the starters.
    Thurman is the only real option off the bench and he’s limited in what he can do and for how long.
    Coach is doing the right thing, playing guys that give us a chance to win. If some of these bench guys want to play they have to earn it and then do something when they are on the floor.
    Come on bench!

  • If UW gets snubbed, as the first big conference regular season champ to not get a bid, my brethren, we must go far and wide, and let it be known that, oh yes, it is real . . .

    The Curse of the Tosh!