Despite having 24 wins and the best resume--by far--of all Pac 12 teams, Cal is not a lock for the NCAA tournament. We should go the tournament, but it's going to be a long wait until this afternoon's selection show. Until then we can take solace (or maybe not) in the most recent NCAA tournament projections.
- USA Today has Cal, UW, and Arizona on its bubble tracker. The only team they believe is going to the dance is Colorado, the Pac-12 tournament winner. The Bears? Out of luck.
Best RPI in the Pac-12, but Cal couldn't win the regular season title OR the conference tourney. That says something. So does the lack of Top 50 wins. One of the first four teams out of the field.
- Cal holds onto its NCAA bid in Lunardi's latest bracketology. The Bears drop to an 11-seed and open against UNLV. Great, another rematch against a team that manhandled us earlier in the season...
- Lunardi's "S Curve" breakdown gives Cal a 90+% chance of making the tournament. Further, according to Lunardi's most recent bracketology, Cal has a 15.9% chance to make the sweet sixteen, a 0.6% to make the final four, and a 0.0% chance of winning the tournament.
- CBS' Jerry Palm has Cal as a 12-seed, opening the tournament in Portland against 5th seed Florida State. If the Bears make it to the second round they would likely face 4th seed Louisville. At least the Bears wouldn't face a 1- or 2-seed, right?
- The Bears' RPI dropped from 34 to 36.
- The women's team opened the Pac-12 tournament with a 68-59 win over Colorado.
- A strong second half propelled the Bears to a 64-49 win over Washington State.
- The Bears lost to Stanford for the third time this year in a 77-62 loss in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game. Coach Gottlieb spoke about what the team needs to do to top Stanford in the Pac-12 next year. She also spoke about preparing for the NCAA tournament.
- The women's team invites fans to join them at Pappy's Grill to watch the NCAA tournament selection show on Monday afternoon.
- The men's team avenged last week's loss to Stanford with a 77-71 victory in the tournament quarterfinals.
- They could not avenge the February 26th loss to Colorado, as the Buffs won 70-59. Colorado went on to defeat Arizona in the tournament championship game. Monty sounded pretty frustrated during the post-game press conference.
- The Pac-12 tournament appears to be headed to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2013.
- Ted Miller looks at returning production on defense. The Bears lost their leaders in tackles (Kendricks) and sacks (Guyton), but most of the defensive backs return along with a wealth of young but inexperienced talent.
- Cal is one of four teams in the conference (along with OSU, USC, and Utah) that returns its leaders in passing yards, rushing yards, and receiving yards. Despite all this returning production, I bet few Cal fans have a ton of confidence in the offense heading into the 2012 season.
- After three weekends of tough, highly contested play, the Bears returned to their dominating ways on Saturday. Cal topped UCLA 79-3.
- The underclassmen's previously rescheduled match against Cal Maritime has been cancelled. Instead they will face UC Santa Cruz on April 1st.
- Deborah Meier finished second in the 3000m at the NCAA Championships while teammate Chelsea Reilly finished 16th. They helped propel the women's team to a 15th place overall finish, the school's best finish in five years.
- Meier also finished second in the indoor 5000m. Her time of 15:29.24 was the second fastest in school history.
- The men's team takes a six-stroke lead into the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
- Kahley Rowell is only the second Cal women's diver to qualify for the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. She finished third on the platform final at an NCAA qualifying meet.
- Molly Hayes finished 15th on the 3m springboard.