Basketball: Bears won’t be NCAA team next season, according to Lunardi’s first projection

Whoever winds up coaching Cal in 2014-15 won’t take the Bears to the NCAA tournament, according to ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi’s first 2015 bracket projection includes six Pac-12 teams, but not Cal.

He has Arizona as a No. 1 seed, along with Wisconsin, Kansas and Michigan. The No. 2 seeds are Kentucky, Virginia, Duke and Villanova.

Other Pac-12 teams in his field are No. 8 seed Oregon, No. 9 Utah, No. 10 Colorado, No. 11 Stanford and No. 11 UCLA. Lunardi lists Colorado and Stanford among the last four teams in with a bye, and has UCLA playing in one of the “first four” games to enter the 64-team bracket.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Mitch

    Have we EVER been since the 93-94 season with Jason Kidd?

  • sunshipballoons

    Yes. many times.

  • Mitch

    Really? Pre-season?

  • sunshipballoons

    Yes. Not super easy to find old bracketology, but here’s one from pre-2011, when there was a possibility of a 96 team bracket. Note that Cal was a 7 seed, so they surely were in the regular 64 team preseason bracket, too. I’m sure they were pre-season tourney projection other years too. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/bracket?id=5071629