Washington Picked to Capture Pac-10 Men's Basketball Title in 2010-11
LOS ANGELES - The WASHINGTON Huskies are picked to finish first in the 2010-11 Pac-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.
Defending Pac-10 Tournament champion Washington, which returns four starters from its NCAA Sweet 16 squad, including All-Pac-10 junior guard Isaiah Thomas (16.9 ppg), gathered 33 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. While the Huskies last captured the regular season title during the 2008-09 season, this is the first time they have been picked as the preseason favorite.
ARIZONA, which returns four starters as well, including Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Derrick Williams (15.7 ppg/7.1 rpg), picked up one of the two remaining first-place votes and follows Washington in the poll. UCLA picked up the other first-place vote and is slotted third. ARIZONA STATE is picked fourth, followed by WASHINGTON STATE and USC. Defending Pac-10 champion CALIFORNIA is tabbed for seventh. Rounding out the preseason poll is OREGON STATE in eighth, STANFORD in ninth, followed by OREGON.
The 2010-11 season gets underway for the Pac-10 on Friday, November 12 when Oregon hosts North Dakota State, and UCLA takes on Cal State Northridge.
2010-11 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL
First place votes in parentheses.