Bracket projection: California

The Bears will be carrying the flag for the Pac-12 in the tournament

Updated: March 12, 2012, 4:35 PM ET
By Charlie Creme | Special to Insider
Note: ESPN's Joe Lunardi assigned a team of Bracketologists to put together Insider's Tournament Tips, offering historical analysis of the bracket and in-depth breakdowns on all 68 tournament teams to help you make smart picks.

Lunardi's Logic

Cal was the best team in the Pac-12 this year, which may be akin to calling me America's shortest bracketologist. Regardless, the Bears have more talent and pedigree than South Florida and should prevail in Wednesday's "First Four" meeting. Then again, if the Pac-12 really is that bad, maybe Cal loses to the ninth-best Big East team.

Plus, you can enlist the help of Insider's Bracket Predictor tool to aid your picks.

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California's complete Bracketology chart

Take a look inside the data used by the selection committee in seeding the bracket:

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Women's College Basketball
Charlie Creme projects the women's NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN.com.