* Saturday at Tempe, Ariz., 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Cal plays its most important game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Arizona State.
At least until next Wednesday at home against Utah.
The Bears have three games left on the Pac-12 Conference regular-season schedule and they may need to win two of them to assure themselves an NCAA tournament bid, presuming they don’t win the league tournament and its automatic bid.
They close out next week in Berkeley against Utah and Colorado, two teams better at home than on the road, but good teams nonetheless.
Cal currently sits in a four-way tie for third place at 9-6, a logjam that also includes Arizona State, Colorado and Stanford.
By several measures, the Bears currently reside at the bottom of that tangle:
– Their RealTimeRPI computer ranking is worst of the bunch: 26. Colorado; 31. ASU; 42. Stanford; 49. Cal.
– Their 18-10 overall record is worst among the four.
– Their current projected NCAA tournament seed, according to Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, is worst of the group: ASU is a No. 8, both Colorado and Stanford are No. 9, and Cal is a No. 11.