Bracketology 2014: Cal basketball just misses NCAAs, slated as a NIT one seed

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This is it. The last one! No more bracketology after this one. I'm sure you're all sad to see it go.

As you would expect, Cal men's basketball looks to be out of the NCAA tournament barring a very generous selection committee. Some really strange stuff would have to happen for Cal to make it in.

  • Bracket Matrix: The aggregator of all the brackets out there has Cal as the third team out. Bracket Matrix correctly predicted all 68 teams last season.
  • Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation): Dobbertean places Cal as his third team out. Dobbertean predicted 67 of 68 teams last season.
  • Joe Lunardi (ESPN): Lunardi places Cal as his fifth team out. Lunardi predicted all 68 teams correctly last season.
  • Jerry Palm (CBS): Palm, like Lunardi, doesn't have Cal in his first four out.

Results that may have impacted where we go: Providence took a bubble bid away with their victory in the Big East Tournament title game over Creighton. St. Joseph's will try to take another bid away when they face VCU in the Atlantic Ten Tournament championship. Tulsa upset Louisiana Tech to knock potentially both Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech away from a Conference USA at-large bid. Tennesee played well but fell to Florida, but still look like they'll make it in. N.C. State fell to Duke in the ACC tournament semifinals. Minnesota, Florida State, Arkansas and Missouri probably didn't do enough to break the 68-team barrier.

So let's move onto the NIT bracketology, which is ready to scoop Cal up as a number one seed (although let's say we're in one-two seed range along with teams like Southern Miss, N.C. State, Utah and Missouri). The NIT Bracket has Cal as a number one seed along with other bubble teams like Florida State, Minnesota and St. John's. Potential matchups as 7-8 seeds include Florida Gulf Coast, Utah Valley, High Point, Robert Morris, Davidson, Vermont, UC Irvine and Boston University.

Yeah, that was as exciting to compile as it sounded to read.

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