Men's Basketball Picked Ninth In Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
Oct. 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES- Stanford has been picked to finish ninth in this year's conference race, according to the preseason media poll announced this afternoon at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles.
The Cardinal received 115 total points in the poll, checking in ahead of Oregon State. This year's roster features three returning senior starters- all of whom have earned All Pac-10 honors at one point in their career- and nine letterwinners overall. However, the Cardinal will also have to overcome the losses of Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez (2008 NBA Draft) and Taj Finger, Peter Prowitt and Fred Washington (graduation).
Stanford closed out the 2007-08 campaign at 28-8 overall. The 28 victories ranked third-best in school history, matching the 1941-42 squad that finished 28-4 en route to capturing the NCAA championship. Making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since an Elite Eight appearance in 2001. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5.
Three-time defending conference champion UCLA is again the favorite, totaling 379 points in addition to gathering 37 first-place votes. Arizona State is tabbed for second with 325 points and one first-place vote, followed by USC in third with 292 and Arizona in fourth with 241.
Washington is slotted for fifth place with 217 points, Washington State is sixth with 188 points, Oregon has been tabbed for seventh with 147 points and California is eighth with 143 points.
Stanford kicks off the 2008-09 campaign next week, hosting a pair of exhibition games. The Cardinal battles Cal State Stanislaus on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
The regular season opener is set for Friday, Nov. 14, at Yale. Stanford's home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, against Cal State Northridge.