UW Selected Second in Pac-10 Men's Basketball Poll

Nov. 4, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Washington was picked to finish second in the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race in a press poll that was released Thursday at the league's annual media day.

For the second straight season Arizona was the media's choice to win the conference title. The Wildcats received 19 first-place votes and accumulated 253 points. Washington collected the remaining seven first-place votes and a second-place total of 237 points.

The second-place projection is the highest ever for the Huskies since the media poll began in 1989. UW registered a 12-6 conference record and finished second in the 2004 Pac-10 standings, its highest finish since a similar runner-up effort in 1986.

Washington returns all five starters and the top seven scorers from last year's team that posted a 19-12 record, advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999. UW had its season ended by a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Defending Pac-10 champion Stanford was picked third in the preseason poll with 194 points. The media slated Oregon fourth (167), UCLA fifth (156), USC sixth (116), California seventh (87), Oregon State eighth (86), Washington State ninth (73) and Arizona State 10th (64).

The media poll hasn't always proved prophetic. Last year, Washington finished sixth places higher than its eighth-place projection by the press.

'We finished No. 2 somehow last year and we've got just about our entire team back. We know it doesn't mean anything if you don't produce,' UW coach Lorenzo Romar remarked about the media poll. 'A lot of coaches will say it doesn't mean anything, it's preseason, it only matters how you finish. For us it doesn't mean anything as to how we're going to do, but it does mean something to our program. If people pick us to do well this year, that's just a compliment to our program. It could be worse, it could be like it was before when no one cared.'

Washington was picked 24th in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll released last week. That marks the Huskies' first appearance in the national preseason rankings since November of 1998. The Associated Press poll will be released next week.

The Huskies open the season with an exhibition game against Westmont College on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. They open the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 19 against Seattle Pacific. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

2004-05 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL

Place  Team (1st-place votes)   Points
1. Arizona (19) 2532. WASHINGTON (7) 2373. Stanford 194
4. Oregon 167
5. UCLA 156
6. USC 116
7. California 87
8. Oregon State 86
9. Washington State 73
10. Arizona State 64
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