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No respect for the Pac-10.  No respect, I tells ya.  Cal is still the only Pac-10 team projected to attend the big dance.

Cal remains the lone Pac-10 team projected into the NCAA Tournament field, according to two prominent online sources.’s Joe Lunardi, in his weekly “Bracketology” projections, gives the Bears a No. 8 seed and matches them against Cornell of the Ivy League in a first-round game at Providence, R.I. The winner likely would face top-seeded Villanova, which is projected to play Stony Brook.

Jerry Palm’s bracket on has Cal at No. 12, matched against No. 5 Baylor in a first-round game at Spokane, Wash. The winner of that game would meet the Gonzaga-Siena winner in front of a partisan Gonzaga crowd.

COMPUTER RATINGS: Cal’s 76-72 loss Sunday at Arizona cost them about five spots in the RPI computer, where Monday morning the Bears were rated No. 24, according to The rest of the Pac-10: 53. Arizona; 64. UW; 87. ASU; 89. USC; 100. WSU; 126. UCLA; 139. Stanford; 140. Oregon; 202. OSU.

Cal’s non-conference opponents continue to fare well in the RPI, with Kansas and Syracuse now 1-2, New Mexico 12th and Ohio State 33rd. The problem the Bears face, of course, is that the highest-rated team they have beaten is No. 87 ASU, although they also own wins over four other top-100 teams, including No. 92 Murray State and No. 95 Pacific.

In the Sagarin computer, Cal checks in at No. 31. The rest of the Pac-10: 59. ASU; 63. UW; 74. Arizona; 78. USC; 96. WSU; 110. Oregon; 111. Stanford; 120. UCLA; 166. OSU.

TOP-25 POLLS: No surprise, but no Pac-10 teams appear in either the AP Top-25 of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. No Pac-10 school even got a vote in the AP poll, while Cal drew two votes from the coaches. Here’s a link to both polls.

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