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October 29, 2007

Pac-10 media day looming

Posted by Bob Condotta at 9:16 AM

The season is getting ever closer, and one annual landmark is Pac-10 basketball media day, which is Thursday in Los Angeles.

I will be attending and will blog all day, as well as filing other reports later.

What is often of most interest from media day is the unveiling of the official pre-season media poll.

Here are my picks:

1, UCLA--- With the Collison-Love tandem, definitely the team to beat.

2, Washington State --- With just about everyone back, the Cougars have their highest expectations ever. But they won't catch anyone napping this year.

3, Oregon --- Guess we'll see just how much Aaron Brooks meant to this team. But everyone else returns, and if Malik Hairston stays healthy, he could make the senior year jump like Brooks did.

4, Arizona --- The addition of assistant Kevin O'Neill to help with the defense could be a huge boost. There's always enough talent here.

5, Stanford --- But off to kind of a rocky start with the Brook Lopez deal and some other injuries.

6, Washington --- Too high for the home team? Guess I'm thinking all that returning experience, and the addition of seven new faces who could all play key roles, will make a difference.

7, USC --- O.J. Mayo seems to be saying and doing all the right things. But USC lost an awful lot from a year ago. This is one of those teams that you feel could finish anywhere from second to eighth.

8, Cal --- Another team that has a lot of potential and could finish higher. This may be the best pre-season No. 8 team in conference history.

9, Arizona State --- But these guys will be a lot better than last year and capable of pulling off all kinds of upsets.

10, Oregon State --- There's more talent here than there usually is for a last-place team. But can Jay John get a handle on all of it? The C.J. Giles thing already seems like it's off to a rocky start.

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