In order to make it to the Big Dance, however, the Utes still have some work to do. Utah plays Stanford, ranked No. 35 in RPI later this week -- before heading to the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas.
With the big win over Cal the Utes are 9-7 in conference play -- in a four-way tie for fifth place.
Were the Utes to defeat the Cardinal it would be 10-7 in conference -- giving Utah an opportunity to move into the top four seeds in the tournament -- if Colorado or Arizona State were to lose its final game.
Getting a first-round bye in Las Vegas would be huge for Utah -- because it means the Utes could avoid Arizona or UCLA a bit longer.
Back to what is important right now: A loss against Stanford would not only drop the Utes‘ conference tournament seeding -- it would also likely spell the end to Utah‘s NCAA hopes due to the Utes‘ RPI.
So while the Utes are halfway to earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament it still has a ways to go to get there.
But beating Cal, ranked No. 51 in the latest RPI on Wednesday night in Haas Pavilion in Berkeley was a great start.
The Utes, who were the No. 85 team in last week’s RPI have now moved up to No. 75 as of Thursday, March 6.