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Picked to Win

Nov 16, 2020

STANFORD, Calif. - Already tabbed the preseason No. 2 team in the country, Stanford was picked to win the Pac-12 Conference by both the coaches and media, announced Tuesday.

This is the first time Stanford has been picked to win the league since 2014-15, as the Cardinal was tabbed second each of the last five seasons. Stanford had topped the rankings for 15 consecutive years beginning in 2000-01.

The Cardinal totaled 120 points and 10 first-place votes in the coaches' poll, followed by a tie for second place between Arizona and Oregon (103 points), with the Wildcats earning the other two first-place votes. UCLA (88), Oregon State (83) and USC (69) rounded out the top half of the league.

The media poll saw similar results, with Stanford picking up 19 of the 21 possible first-place votes.

Additionally, Haley Jones, Lexie Hull and Kiana Williams were each named to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team by the media. Both Hull and Williams earned All-Pac-12 status last season while Jones was a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week before suffering a season-ending injury in January.

The Cardinal returns over 84 percent of its scoring output from a team that finished last season tied for second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally before the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament. 

Stanford opens its season on Wednesday, Nov. 25, vs. Cal Poly at 11 a.m. in Maples Pavilion.

2020-21 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank School Points
1 Stanford 120 (10)
t2 Arizona 103 (2)
t2 Oregon 103
4 UCLA 88
5 Oregon State 83
6 USC 69
7 Arizona State 61
8 Utah 52
9 Colorado 43
10 California 31
11 Washington 24
12 Washington State 15

2020-21 Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll

Rank School Points
1 Stanford 248 (19)
2 Arizona 225 (1)
3 Oregon 201
4 UCLA 200
5 Oregon State 174 (1)
6 Arizona State 135
7 USC 130
8 Utah 94
9 California 76
10 Colorado 75
11 Washington 53
12 Washington State 27