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Bracketology 2013: Experts currently project Cal in the tournament

The Bracket experts believe the California Golden Bears will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.

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The California Golden Bears are one of the many NCAA men's basketballs teams "on the bubble" for the NCAA tournament, but the leading bracket experts believe the team's body of work does warrant an at-large invite.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently has Cal in the tournament, placing them as the No. 9 seed in the Midwest region. Lunardi projects that Cal's first-round opponent will be the No. 8 Missouri Tigers, and the Golden Bears would likely face the No. 1-seeded Indiana Hoosiers if they could advance to the third round.

SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean also projects the Golden Bears to receive an at-large bid. Dobbertean has Cal as the No. 10 seed in the East region, facing the No. 7 Colorado St. Rams. If Cal were to advance in this hypothetical bracket, the team would likely face the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines in the Round of 32.

Cal still has a chance to guarantee itself a spot in the NCAA tournament by winning the PAC-12 tournament. The Golden Bears will either face the USC Trojans or the Utah Utes on Thursday, March 15.

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