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Preseason Rankings Announced
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/29/1999
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A pair of preseason men's college basketball rankings have been released already and both have Arizona ranked No. 7 in the country.

Basketball News and the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook each pick Arizona as the No. 7 team in the nation for 1999-2000. The publications differ, however, on their No. 1 team. Basketball News tabs North Carolina as the No. 1 team, while Blue Ribbon has Michigan State in the top spot.

Basketball News also picked Arizona to win the Pac-10 title and has sophomore forward Michael Wright on the All-Pac-10 first team and its No. 6 "banger" in the country. UA freshman guard Jason Gardner was the magazine's preseason Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

Team Rankings

The Sporting News - 5th
Basketball News - 7th
Blue Ribbon College Yearbook - 7th
Street & Smith's - 9th
Sport Magazine - 9th
Basketball Times - 13th
ESPN.com - 13th
Lindy's College Sports - 18th

Picked to finish first in the Pac-10 - The Sporting News
Picked to finish first in the Pac-10 - Basketball News
Picked to finish first in the Pac-10 - Athlon Sports

The Sporting News No. 3 Frontcourt in the Country
Lindy's College Basketball No. 5 Frontcourt in the Country 
Street & Smith's No. 2 Frontcourt in the Country


Individual Rankings

Michael Wright
* The Sporting News No. 2 Power Forward in the Country 
* The Sporting News Preseason Pac-10 All-Conference First Team
* Pac-10's Best NBA Prospect - The Sporting News
* Street & Smith's No. 3 Power Forward in the Country
* Basketball News Preseason All-Pac-10 First Team
* Basketball News No. 6 "Banger" in the Country
* Athlon Sports Preseason All-Pac-10 First Team
* Lindy's College Basketball No. 8 Power Forward in the Country 

Loren Woods
* The Sporting News No. 6 Center in the Country
* The Sporting News Preseason Pac-10 All-Conference Team
* The Sporting News Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year 
* Athlon Sports Preseason All-Pac-10 Second Team
* Athlon Sports Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year 
* Lindy's College Basketball No. 8 Center in the Country 

Richard Jefferson
* Athlon Sports Preseason All-Pac-10 Third Team
* Lindy's College Basketball No. 14 Small Forward in the Country 

Jason Gardner
* Basketball News Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year


Arizona 1999-2000 Opponents Preseason Rankings

Michigan State          No. 1/The Sporting News
                        No. 1/Blue Ribbon
                        No. 2/Basketball News
                        No. 2/Street & Smith's
                        No. 3/Basketball Times
                        No. 3/Lindy's
Connecticut             No. 3/The Sporting News
                        No. 3/Street & Smith's
                        No. 5/Connecticut
                        No. 6/Basketball News
                        No. 6/Blue Ribbon
                        No. 8/Lindy's
UCLA                    No. 4/Basketball Times
                        No. 6/Lindy's
                        No. 10/Basketball News
                        No. 11/Blue Ribbon
                        No. 14/Street & Smith's
                        No. 15/The Sporting News
Stanford                No. 9/The Sporting News
                        No. 10/Street & Smith's
                        No. 10/Blue Ribbon
                        No. 23/Basketball News
Texas                   No. 22/The Sporting News
                        No. 23/Street & Smith's
                        No. 24/Blue Ribbon 
New Mexico              No. 23/Lindy's
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