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Pac-10 Media Day
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/01/2007
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LOS ANGELES --The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish fourth in the 2007-08 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

The poll shows that UCLA, the defending Pac-10 Champion, gathered 33 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. WASHINGTON STATE picked up the remaining first-place vote and is tabbed for second place. It's the highest placing for the Cougars since the media poll started in 1992-93 (Their previous best was fourth in 1995-96). OREGON, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Champion, is slotted for third place, followed closely by ARIZONA. STANFORD is picked for fifth, followed by USC, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON. Rounding out the preseason poll is ARIZONA STATE in ninth, followed by OREGON STATE.

THE 2007-08 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL

Team Pts.

1. UCLA (33) 339

2. Washington State (1) 273

3. Oregon 240

4. Arizona 238

5. Stanford 205

6. USC 184

7. California 140

8. Washington 132

9. Arizona State 81

10. Oregon State 38

First place votes in parentheses

Pac-10 Media Day Quotes

Lute Olson, Arizona

Opening Remarks: "We had a red-blue scrimmage the other night and it was very competitive. We divided the two teams up pretty evenly and had about 9,000 fans. With our team last year, there were some highlights and some low lights. The first problem was that we lost Kirk Walkers to mono, and he is still not totally recovered. He has recovered from mono, but hasnˇ?t gotten to the point where he was as effective as his last season. Jawann McClellan has dropped from 220-something to 205, to lessen the pressure on his knees, and he has not had the swelling problems like he did last year. We are expecting a lot of leadership from him. Bret Brielmaier is very well-respected and well-liked by his peers. He plays hard, he gives you a 100 percent all the time, he is a great communicator has been doing a nice job. We signed an outstanding group of freshmen, just like everybody else in this league did. The Conference I said a year ago was going to the be the best itˇ?s ever been, but this year is even better because of all the guys coming back and the recruiting classes. It is far and away the best conference in the nation and by far and away the best conference top to bottom that itˇ?s ever been. Itˇ®ll be fun for the fans, the players and the coaches will need a lot of Rolaids."

On why the Pac-10 is so strong: "Unfortunately, the other coaches that have come into this league have been really good coaches with good experiences. A while back, they used to hire an assistant from another program, now they are getting the best coaches they can get. With that, the recruiting efforts are something special. When I first came into the league 25 years ago, if you did a good job and got over the hump with one or two teams, you could deal with the others. Itˇ?s not like that anymore. The quality of coaches that have come into the Conference and their recruiting ability have changed things."

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