ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s late Friday night update seems to suggest at least the possibility of something few envision — 3 Pac-12 teams into the NCAA field.
After the completion of play across the country — taking into account Cal’s 70-59 loss to Colorado — Lunardi had two Pac-12 teams in his bracket: Cal and Washington.
Neither Cal nor UW will do anything Saturday to impact their status, so unless he’s counting on outside forces to push one out, maybe he expects three from the conference.
Or maybe the Huskies are in trouble, given that he has them among his “last four in,” and will be squeezed out Saturday . . . for instance, when either Arizona or Colorado claims the Pac-12 tournament title.
The Wildcats and Buffaloes are among Lunardi’s “next four out,” meaning they are no better than the fifth through eighth teams on the outside. Saturday’s loser has no realistic chance.