ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi released his latest NCAA tournament projections Tuesday morning, and he no longer has Cal playing at Dayton, Ohio, in what once was called the play-in game.
Instead, he has the Bears as a No. 12 seed, facing No. 5 Memphis in Austin, Texas. The winner of that game would face either No. 4 Marquette or No. 13 Louisiana Tech, former home of new Cal football coach Sonny Dykes.
Lunardi predicts the Pac-12 will get five bids, with Arizona leading the way as a No. 3 seed. Also in his field are UCLA (7), Oregon (7) and Colorado (10).
Saint Mary’s is projected as a No. 10 seed, facing UCLA at Auburn Hills, Mich, with the opportunity to take on No. 2 Michigan in the second round.
Lunardi’s No. 1 seeds: Duke, Indiana, Florida and Gonzaga.
Here’s Lunardi’s complete bracket.