Cats picked fourth at Pac-10 media day; TC.com agreesby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 29, 2009, under Sports
Not much surprising from Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles. Arizona, in keeping with other preseason predictions, has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in men’s basketball.
Sounds about right. It might not be a great league this time around, given the exodus of talent in the past two seasons (21 Pac-10 players have been drafted in the past two years), but Arizona is just too young to predict them to finish ahead of the top three teams.
Here is how the Pac-10 media voted, with first-place votes in parentheses:
1. California (25), 350 points
2. Washington (7), 330
3. UCLA (5), 302
4. Arizona, 221
5. Oregon State, 218
6. Oregon, 175
7. Arizona State, 144
8. Washington State, 123
9. USC, 109
10. Stanford, 63
UA sophomore guard Kyle Fogg was asked Wednesday in a meeting with reporters about feeling pressure to win in coach Sean Miller’s first season and to extend the program’s NCAA Tournament streak to 26 seasons.
“I felt pressure at the beginning, but Coach really emphasized that we’re not worried about all that,” Fogg said. “We’re just trying to go out and get better every day. He said if we work hard every day and get better every day, it will all work itself out. We all trust him.”
Related link: Cal No. 12, Washington No. 13 in ESPN/USA Today poll released this morning. UA received no votes. How in the world did USC receive 22 points??? The coaches poll does not release individual ballots, and, thus, has no accountability.
Related link: Steve Rivera Ventures: Cats go through “tough” practices; Miller joins in at times
All the members of the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network are just fine with Arizona being picked fourth … with one exception. Scott Terrell likes the Cats a bit more than the other five, but given UCLA’s early injury woes, maybe he is on to something (and I like his pick for champion).
There is more disagreement toward the bottom of the league, with some big swings regarding Washington State, Stanford and Oregon.
TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network Pac-10 predictions
|No.||Anthony Gimino||Javier Morales||Andy Morales||Steve Rivera||Scott Terrell||Rob Lantz|
|5.||Wash. St.||Oregon St.||Oregon St.||Oregon St.||Oregon St.||Oregon St.|
|8.||ASU||USC||ASU||Wash. St.||Wash. St.||ASU|