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Cal lost consecutive games to Stanford and Utah. Should the Bears be worried about missing the tournament? The consensus says "no."
Despite consecutive losses to Stanford and Utah, Cal will be invited to the NCAA tournament, right? Let's see what the experts predict:
- ESPN's Bracketology has the 11th-seeded Bears facing off against Pitt. Both teams' first-round losses in their conference tournaments dropped them in the latest bracket prediction. The Bears' sweet sixteen chances climbed slightly to 8.8% (avoiding a second-round matchup against a 1-seed will do that). Their final four (0.6%) and championship (0.0%) chances took a hit.
- CBS' Jerry Palm expects the 10-seed Bears to face off against San Diego State in Philly. Cal isn't one of CBS' "locks" (instead they're in the "bubble" category), but it looks like the Bears shouldn't worry too much about being left without a date to the big dance.
- Cal is among USA Today's last four in. The 12-seed Bears would face Virginia in the dreaded play-in game. The winner would meet Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas.
- TeamRankings.com gives Cal a 93% chance at earning a bid, 9% chance of advancing to the sweet sixteen, 1% final four chance, and 0% chance of winning it all.
- Cal is one of Athlon's locks to make the tournament.
- Bill Tyndall injured his ankle during practice; the extent of the injury is unknown.
- Sonny Dykes reprimanded his team on Wednesday for sub-par academic performances. His comments after Saturday's scrimmage suggest he expects teammates to hold one another accountable on and off the field.
- CalBears.com introduces us to the quintet of mid-year enrollees.
- As expected, Keenan Allen's knee prevented him from participating in Cal's Pro Day. Brian Schwenke also sat out from the day's festivities
- Isi Sofele turned in a strong performance in front of several scouts. He ran a hand-timed 4.49 40-yard dash. C.J. Anderson improved his 40 from 4.60 (measured electronically at the Combine) to 4.49-4.52.
- Cal lost 79-69 to Utah in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. It was the Bears' worst loss of the season (in terms of RPI).
- Bill Walton says the Bears need to embrace the underdog role to avoid an early exit in the tournament.
- Bilas ranks the top-68 teams in the nation. Cal remains 49th. He criticizes the Bears' lack of quality wins, which is odd considering the Bears have four wins against teams in his top 30.
- Michael Kim remains atop the watch list for the Haskin Award, given to the nation's top collegiate golfer. Fellow Bear Joel Stalter is fourth on the list.
- Cal alum Peter Tomasulo is tied for fourth after the first two rounds of the Tampa Bay Championship at the PGA Tour. His best finish at the Tour was a 16th-place finish in 2009.
- The Bears earned their 22nd consecutive win. The latest victim was Syracuse, who was the first team to score against the Bears at this weekend's Hawaii Spring Fling.
Swimming and Diving
- CalBears.com catches up with junior diver Kahley Rowell.
- Collin Pollard and Thomas Selby finished 9th and 12th, respectively, at the Zone E Qualifying Meet for the 2013 NCAA Championships.