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Washington Tops Pac-10 Basketball Media Poll; Oregon St. 8th.

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Thursday was Media Day for Mens's Basketball in many conferences, the Pac-10 included, which means the pre-season media poll was released. And 33 of 35 ballots listed Washington #1.

Arizona and UCLA, who are #2 and #3 in the poll, each got one first place pick, with the Huskies #2 on both of those ballots.

Oregon St. was pegged to finish 8th., and Oregon #10.

It’s the first time Washington, the defending Pac-10 Tournament champions, who have four starters returning from their NCAA Sweet 16 squad, including All-Pac-10 junior guard Isaiah Thomas (16.9 ppg), have ever peen picked as the preseason favorite in the PCC/AAWU/Pac-8/Pac-10. Many of the Huskies’ current players were also on their 2008-09 regular season conference championship squad.

 

Arizona, picked to finish second, also has four returning starters.

 

Complete 2010-11 PAC-10 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL:

 

 

Team

Points

1.

Washington (33)

348

2.

Arizona (1)

296

3.

UCLA (1)

281

4.

Arizona State

215

5.

Washington State

191

6.

USC

178

7.

California

151

8.

Oregon State

120

9.

Stanford

98

10.

Oregon

47


(First place votes in parentheses.)

 

The middle of the pack could be shuffled around quite a bit, in what should be another highly competitive race for tournament positioning, but overall, it seems about right.

 

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com