Washington Picked to Capture Pac-10 Men's Basketball Title in 2010-2011
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
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