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.