ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi continues to include slumping Cal in his NCAA tournament projection, although he now says the Bears among his last four teams with byes into the main 64-team bracket.
Lunardi projects Cal as a No. 10 seed, shuffling off to Buffalo to face No. 7 UMasas.
He has seven Pac-12 schools in the field, topped by No. 1 seed Arizona.
Also making the cut are No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 10 Stanford, No. 10 Colorado and, in a first-four “play in” game, No. 12 Oregon.
In the NCAA’s new official RPI computer rankings, Cal checks in at No. 53 — six spots lower than before losing at Arizona and Arizona State last week.
Arizona is No. 1, followed by UCLA at No. 19, ASU at No. 28, Colorado at No. 30, Oregon at No. 33 and Stanford at No. 42.