Thanks to a couple of collapses by Arizona and Oregon, the California Bears were able to play their way into a No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 tournament, which is a great draw for them and their chances at making the NCAA tournament.
California definitely earned the second seed in the Pac-12, beating Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and Oregon four out of its last seven games. However, the loss to Stanford to close out the season costed the Bears a chance at having a share for the regular season conference title.
The way Cal is playing right now, it won’t even worry about making the dance, it will be worrying about winning the conference tournament title. The Bears will play their first game of the tournament against the winner between USC and Utah. Luckily for Cal, it has beaten those two teams a combined four times this year.
If it wins that game, then the Bears will likely play Oregon, who has lost its last two games and three of five. The Ducks are another team that California has swept this season, with the most recent victory coming on Feb. 21. Like I said, Cal got a really good draw in the Pac-12 tournament.
Winning those two games and making the Pac-12 championship game will for sure earn this team a seed in the dance, although it is likely already apart of the 68-team field. The Bears have won their last seven out of eight games and they very well could win the conference tournament after just coming up short for the regular season title.