2012 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: California Struggling Heading Into Pac-12 Tournament

The California Golden Bears head into the Pac-12 tournament on a two-game losing streak. They sit firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble and will look to grab some much needed wins this week to boost their tournament profile.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, First Four Bracket Update: California Is No. 12 Seed, Will Face No. 12 South Florida On Wednesday

California ended up on the right side of the bubble, earning a No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but they will be part of the First Four. The Golden Bears will face South Florida in a play-in game for the right to face Temple on Friday.


Bracketology 2012: Cal Sits At No. 11 Seed, St. Mary's At No. 8 In ESPN's Latest Prediction

Selection Sunday is mere hours away as it officially tips off at 3 p.m. (PT) on CBS. College hoops fans across the country will be able to finally learn whether or not their favorite team will be participating in all the madness of March or if they'll have to find a different team to root for in the big dance. There are some lucky fans out there who know with 100 percent certainty whether or not their favorite team will make it in on Sunday, but Stanford Cardinals fans and California Golden Bears fans aren't quite in that group.

In ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest bracket prediction, he lists the California Bears as a No. 11 seed in the Midwest bracket. Cal finished the 2012 season with a 24-9 record (13-5 Pac-12) and were knocked out of the conference tournament by the eventual champions, the Colorado Buffaloes, who earned the automatic bid. The Golden Bears currently have an RPI score of 36.

Lunardi doesn't believe that the Stanford Cardinals will enjoy a spot in the tournament, though. The Cardinals finished the season with a 21-11 record (10-8 Pac-12) and were knocked out of the conference tournament in the quarterfinals by Cal. They have an RPI score of 98. It's more than likely that they won't be making it.

St. Mary's fans can sit back and relax as the Gaels won the WCC tournament by defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in overtime. They're currently listed as a No. 8 seed and they have an RPI of 28.

For more on the California Golden Bears, head to California Golden Blogs, and for more on the Stanford Cardinals, head to Rule of Trees. For updates on Selection Sunday, check out SB Nation Bay Area's StoryStream, and for all the college hoops you can handle, check out SB Nation's College Basketball Hub.


Bracketology 2012: Cal Bears Fall In Pac-12 Tournament, Drop To No. 11 Seed

The California Golden Bears are not really a bubble team at this point in the season -- many of the computer systems love this team and they have proven themselves against tough competition -- but a regular season finale loss to Stanford and loss to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament has likely dropped their seeding somewhat. Just how far did they drop?

According to both Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation, they have the Bears as a No. 11 seed in the first round. According to Lunardi, California would face UNLV, while Dobbertean has them facing the Memphis Tigers.

Again, there is very little chance that the Bears are left out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the team could still make a run, but losing two of their last three games to mediocre teams has not helped their resumé at all.

For more on Cal and their hoops team moving forward, be sure to check out California Golden Blogs. To talk about the Pac-12 Tournament, visit Pacific Takes.


Bracketology 2012: Cal Bears Drop To 10 Seed Following Loss To Stanford

The California Golden Bears appeared to be sitting comfortably with Selection Sunday right around the corner, but an unexpected loss to the Stanford Cardinal has put the team somewhat on edge, seeing as their bid is no longer a sure thing. While just about every bracket projection has the Bears dancing, most have them a slot or two lower following the recent defeat.

According to Blogging The Bracket and their latest update, head coach Mike Montgomery and his program would be a 10-seed, with a first round matchup against New Mexico looming in the first round. Should the Bears advance, they would face a two seed in the second round; the teams currently projected for that seeding are Missouri, Duke, Ohio St. and Michigan St.

Fortunately for Cal, they have the Pac-12 Tournament to improve their resumé and potentially even receive an automatic bid should they win it all. They will face the winner of Oregon State-Washington State in the first round on Thursday.

For more on the team and to discuss their NCAA Tournament hopes, head on over to California Golden Blogs.


Bracketology 2012: Cal Teetering Following Stanford Loss

Championship week is officially underway as the major conferences get their postseason tournaments started in the coming days. For the top end of the Pac-12, every win is essential as the conference has struggled mightily coming down the home stretch. The California Golden Bears had a chance to secure a share of the conference title and the number one seed, but was unable to defeat Stanford in their regular season finale.

The latest Bracketology reports have California teetering on the bubble heading into the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament. SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean has the Bears sitting as the tenth seed in the East region. ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Bears also as a ten seed, but in the Midwest region.

The Bears enter the conference tournament with a first round bye, after which they will face the winner of Stanford/Arizona State. Cal split their season series with Stanford and thumped Arizona State in their lone meeting this season. Cal is more or less in a must-win situation in their second round matchup, and likely would need to add a win over Oregon-Colorado/Utah in the semifinals. They could still potentially make it in with a loss in the semifinals, but they would be stuck waiting for Selection Sunday to learn their fate.


Bracketology 2012: Cal Golden Bears Projected For 9 Seed, Could Face Kansas Jayhawks

The California Golden Bears have had a great season thus far and look like a near-lock for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. While just about anything could happen at the Pac-12 Tournament, even a first round loss appears unlikely to knock the Bears out of a March Madness bid. Not only do the computer rankings love the team, but they also certainly pass the eye test most nights of the week.

SB Nation recently released their latest bracket projections and had California trending upwards as a No. 9 seed. They would square off with Virginia in the first round, with a potential showdown with the Kansas Jayhawks looming should they defeat the Cavaliers.

Just about every March Madness projection has the Golden Bears earning a seed somewhere in the 7-10 range, which seems pretty likely at this point. The highest they could go would likely be a six-seed, and that would require a conference tournament championship.

This team undoubtably has the talent and experience to make a run, but their matchups will heavily influence just how far they can go. If I'm a Bears fan, I'm probably hoping to avoid a No. 1 seed in the first round, even if it mean the team settles for a 10-12 seed.

For more on the Bears and to talk NCAA Tournament stuff, head on over to California Golden Blogs.


Bracketology 2012: ESPN's Joe Lunardi Says Cal Is In

Thanks to the kind folks over at ESPN for not making us all wait with faded breath until Monday morning to hear Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology update, and giving us an early glimpse at his latest choices as to who gets in the big dance, and who gets to go home.

According to Lunardi, the California Goden Bears men's basketball team will be making the big dance this year, projecting them as a 32 in his latest S-Curve projections. Cal has only two more regular season game left when they take on the Colorado Buffaloes today, then their long time rival Stanford Cardinal on March 4, then on to the Pac-12 tournament after that.

Their 23-6 overall record doesn't have a lot of big time victories in it with the luke warm Pac-12 this season, but played a solid season throughout, and should be considered in the dance.

For more on the Golden Bears men's basketball team, make sure you head over to California Golden Blogs to get in the action!


Bracketology 2012: Cal Staying Ahead Of The Bubble, Nearly Into Tournament

The St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels and the California Golden Bears continue to stay on the bubble for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Cal fans are watching each game with growing anticipation of whether their school will make the final cut at the end of the month.

Chris Dobbertean ran down the latest bracketology for SB Nation on Friday. He suggests that Cal is nearly there as an 8 seed, currently standing at No. 32 nationally and leading their division. He groups the Golden Bears in with the Iowa St. Cyclones and the Memphis Tigers. Here is his take on that group:

Once again, this group continues to see a considerable amount of movement, as teams either march toward a bid or slip down toward the NIT. Out of this trio, Iowa State has the best chance to move up to Lock status, thanks to its remaining trips to Kansas State and Missouri and a home game with Baylor. The schedules for California and Memphis aren't nearly as favorable, as the Golden Bears are on the road for their final two (Colorado, Stanford), while the Tigers have trips to Marshall and Tulsa on either side of a visit from UCF.

He also looks ahead to Sunday's matchup between Cal and the Colorado Buffaloes:

The Golden Bears can clinch at least a tie for the Pac-12 regular season title with a victory in Boulder. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes' thin hopes are all but gone after Stanford blew them out on Thursday.

With just another win or two, the Golden Bears can punch their own ticket to the tournament.

To talk about Cal basketball, head on over to the California Golden Blogs.


Bracketology 2012: Cal A No. 9 Seed, St. Mary's A No. 5 Seed

The Bay Area has two likely representatives this year in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. One of them is pretty much locked in, the other still has some work to do.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN has his latest bracketology, and the top team in the Pac-12 is moving up just a little. The California Golden Bears swept the LA schools in Los Angeles, moving them up to a ninth seed in the tournament. Cal would face Mississippi State in the first round before taking on Missouri (who blew them out earlier this season) in the second.

The St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels are in better shape. St. Mary's are currently a fifth seed here, where they'd face Seton Hall in the first round and then get the winner of Indiana vs. Middle Tennessee State. Not a bad path at all for the Gaels.

To talk about Cal basketball, head on over to the California Golden Blogs.


Bracketology 2012: Joe Lunardi Has Cal And St. Mary's In, Stanford Bubble Territory

It's still looking as if three Bay Area teams might make the 2012 NCAA tournament. But according to Joe Lunardi of ESPN, the Stanford Cardinal are barely breathing.

After a tough road trip which saw them got swept by Washington and Washington State, Stanford is losing their iron grip on a seed and needs to start recovering in a hurry. The Cardinal have fallen all the way down to the bubble, and just get in as one of the last four in. That would mean they'd be playing an extra game, and would draw Marshall to try and get into the Round of 64, then facing off with UConn.

The California Golden Bears aren't in great shape either after a tough loss to Washington State, but they're on more tenable ground, drawing a 9th seed to play Virginia for the right to likely face Kansas the next round. The St. Mary's Gaels is now a sixth seed taking on Minnesota, and should be safe barring an epic collapse down the stretch.

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To discuss Stanford's chances at the tournament, head to Rule of Tree. To talk about Cal's tournament hopes, go to the California Golden Blogs.


2012 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Stanford, Cal, St. Mary's Earn Berths

All of the three major Bay Area teams are projected to dance this offseason. Only one could end up with preferential seeding though, based on Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology projections.

The St. Mary's Gaels earn a fifth seed in this latest projection. They would play the 12th seed Iona in their latest bracket and would then face the winner of UNLV/Long Beach State. Not at all a bad draw for St. Mary's to try and get to the Sweet 16.

The Stanford Cardinal have less luck. Stuck in the underacheiving Pac-12, they're slated at the 9th seed, which would put them up against Alabama in the first round and Duke in the second. Not a very easy path. Their rivals the California Golden Bears don't fare much better, getting a 10th seed and drawing a Marquette-Kansas road to the second weekend. Not at all easy paths for the Pac-12 to make it to the second weekend.

To discuss Stanford basketball, head on over to Rule of Tree. To talk about Cal basketball, go to the California Golden Blogs.


2012 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Stanford, Cal, St. Mary's All Projected To Dance

Conference play is finally here for college basketball teams around the nation and March Madness will be here before we know it. With Selection Sunday about two months away, there will be more and more bracket projections in the coming weeks. Joe Lunardi of ESPN recently released his latest field of 64 65 68. For fans in the Bay Area, they will likely be happy with the bracket.

The Stanford Cardinal are projected for a seven seed in the Midwest Region and would hypothetically Wichita State in the opening round. The Cardinal are one of two teams from the Pac-12 to go dancing in Lunardi's latest projections and earned the highest seeding.

The California Golden Bears may not have any big wins to hang their hats on, but they are projected for the No. 10 seed in the West Region as of January 4. The Bears would face St. Louis in the opening round.

The St. Mary's Gaels have been quite the story this season and are currently slotted for a No. 7 seed in the Southern Region. Fans will remember the run the program made just a few seasons ago and they would face Pittsburgh in the opening round.

It seems a little silly to be projecting the bracket more than two months before Selection Sunday, but, hey, it's always fun to see where your favorite team stacks up. Entering conference play, all three of the teams near the Bay Area are sitting in a nice spot.


2012 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Stanford Cardinal, Cal Bears Projected As Middle Seeds

Where are the Bears and Cardinal projected to end up?

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