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Men's Basketball Picked First in Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/06/2004
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LOS ANGELES -- The University of Arizona was picked to finish first in the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.  The poll was released Thursday at the league’s annual media day gathering.

Bolstered by four returning starters, Arizona gathered 19 first-place votes and are the favorite this season. Washington, which returns all five starters, picked up the other seven first-place votes and ranks second.  Stanford is slotted third. Oregon is picked fourth, followed by UCLA and USC. California narrowly edged out Oregon State for seventh place. Washington State and Arizona State round out the preseason poll.

“I'm a little surprised by it,” said head coach Lute Olson. “We lost three times last year to Washington. But I think it's a compliment to the program that we're being looked at in that position. The Conference is, in my opinion, the best that it's been in the 22 years that I've been here. I don't think there's a gimme game out there. It's certainly going to be an exciting league from the standpoint that there's so many good teams, so many experienced teams out there.”

THE 2004-05 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL
Team (first-place votes)                Pts.
1. ARIZONA (19)                              253
2. Washington (7)                           237
3. Stanford                                        194
4. Oregon                                         167
5. UCLA                                            156
6. USC                                              116
7. California                                       87
8. Oregon State                                 86
9. Washington State                        73
10. Arizona State                               64

PREVIOUS PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLL

Year

Predicted Winner

Actual Finish

Actual Winner

Predicted Finish

2003-04

Arizona

3rd

Stanford

2nd

2002-03

Arizona

1st

Arizona

1st

2001-02

UCLA

6th

Oregon

6th

2000-01

Arizona

2nd

Stanford

2nd

1999-00

Arizona

1st (tied)

Arizona/Stanford

1st/3rd

1998-99

Stanford

1st

Stanford

1st

1997-98

Arizona

1st

Arizona

1st

1996-97

UCLA

1st

UCLA

1st

1995-96

UCLA

1st

UCLA

1st

1994-95

UCLA

1st

UCLA

1st

1993-94

California

2nd (tied)

Arizona

3rd

1992-93

Arizona

1st

Arizona

1st

*1991-92

Arizona

3rd

UCLA

2nd

*1990-91

Arizona

1st

Arizona

1st

 

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