Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
We've been waiting for this day all season. How will Cal's March Madness story begin?
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Charlie Creme has big questions that the committee must answer. Cal is part of one:
Does California or UCLA go geographically into the same region as Stanford? As the committee begins to place teams in the bracket, it has said that geographical preference is given to teams as they come up for placement based on their S-curve ranking. During previous years that has, at times, resulted in teams from the same league being placed together in the same region as either Nos. 1 and 2 seeds or Nos. 1 and 3 seeds. It hasn't been consistent, however.
So this becomes a big question: How will it be interpreted this year? If going strictly by geography, Stanford would be the No. 1 seed and Cal would be the No. 2 in the Spokane Regional. Typically, when that has happened in the past (such as Baylor-Texas A&M in 2011 and Connecticut-Rutgers in 2008), there was outcry and such placement was simply avoided the following year. In 2012, Baylor and Texas A&M, by geography, should have been placed together in Des Moines as the Nos. 1 and 3 seeds, but it didn't happen. Will those same considerations be applied Monday? It has been a bracketing conundrum all season.
What am I hoping to see when the bracket is revealed? I'd like to see Cal as a 2 seed in a region that doesn't include Baylor. Sure, it would be nice to not have to play in Baton Rouge. But avoiding Baylor is the name of the game. Anything past that is delicious gravy.
Use this thread to talk about Cal's March path. Go Bears!