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Cal basketball still a 7 seed in latest bracketology, loses top 25 votes

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The Bears still are doing alright.

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Of all the games Cal played this year, who would have thought that their win over St. Mary's might be the difference between the bubble and solid seeding?

Currently Cal is situated as a 7th seed for the second straight week in Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology. Despite being swept by Oregon and Oregon State, no loss appears to be a bad loss in this conference.

Cal would currently be slated to face the winner of Texas vs. Monmouth from the first four in St. Louis, with the winner likely taking on Xavier. That is as friendly as a potential Sweet 16 road as you could possibly imagine for the Bears given their current situation around the 7-9 seed range.

The other thing benefitting Cal is the strength of the Pac-12. Lunardi currently projects EIGHT Pac-12 teams make the tournament, and two others (Oregon State and Arizona State) are hanging around the bubble. So even if you lose on the road in the Pac-12, almost none of these losses is going to be all that bad.

The only bad losses you can have in the Pac-12 are probably the Washington schools (UCLA got punished heavily for getting swept up in the Evergreen State) and Stanford. Cal only has to play the Washington schools on the road in what figures to be a must-win trip for the Bears to maintain their status at 7 or above.

Sweep the Trees Bears. For your own sake.

Cal lost all its votes in the AP Poll and only received nine votes in the Coaches Poll, so they will probably not return to the top 25 barring an impressive hot streak.

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas Jayhawks (63) 14-1 1,621
2 Oklahoma Sooners (1) 13-1 1,551
3 Maryland Terrapins 15-1 1,472
4 Michigan State Spartans (1) 16-1 1,446
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 15-2 1,371
6 Villanova Wildcats 14-2 1,246
7 Xavier Musketeers 14-1 1,200
8 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 13-1 1,139
9 Duke Blue Devils 14-2 1,100
10 SMU Mustangs 15-0 1,040
11 West Virginia Mountaineers 14-1 867
12 Providence Friars 14-2 862
13 Virginia Cavaliers 12-3 818
14 Kentucky Wildcats 12-3 698
15 Texas A&M Aggies 13-2 668
16 Iowa Hawkeyes 12-3 656
17 Iowa State Cyclones 12-3 555
18 Arizona Wildcats 13-3 537
19 South Carolina Gamecocks 15-0 527
20 Pittsburgh Panthers 14-1 334
21 Louisville Cardinals 13-3 330
22 Baylor Bears 12-3 325
23 Butler Bulldogs 12-4 302
24 Purdue Boilermakers 14-3 145
25 Gonzaga Bulldogs 13-3 101
Others receiving votes: USC 79, Indiana 59, UCLA 21, Utah 10, Texas Tech 10, Saint Mary's 8, Wichita St 7, Valparaiso 6, Oregon 6, Hawaii 4, St Bonaventure 1, Oregon State 1, Akron 1, Dayton 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (32) 14-1 800
2 Oklahoma 13-1 743
3 Maryland 15-1 742
4 Michigan St 16-1 694
5 North Carolina 15-2 673
6 Duke 14-2 596
7 Villanova 14-2 557
8 Xavier 14-1 555
9 Miami-Florida 13-1 551
10 West Virginia 14-1 477
11 Virginia 12-3 426
12 Providence 14-2 400
13 Kentucky 12-3 393
14 Texas A&M 13-2 383
15 South Carolina 15-0 361
16 Arizona 13-3 337
17 Pittsburgh 14-1 263
18 Iowa St. 12-3 253
19 Iowa 12-3 226
20 Louisville 13-3 205
21 Gonzaga 13-3 173
22 Baylor 12-3 156
23 Butler 12-4 147
24 Purdue 14-3 122
25 Indiana 14-3 38
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 34; Oregon 18; Southern California 16; UCLA 12; George Washington 11; California 9; Dayton 5; Houston 5; Valparaiso 5; Washington 3; Texas Tech 3; Cincinnati 2; Arkansas-Little Rock 2; Boise State 1; Hawaii 1; Utah 1; Saint Mary's 1.