Pac-10 women’s basketball coaches, players, and media gathered in
We heard Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer talk about her concern regarding the Cardinal point-guard position. She barely got around to sharing her insights on what should be one of the best teams in conference history. USC head-man Mark Trakh made it seem like there wasn’t a qualified player to be found on his campus. UCLA underachiever Kathy Olivier somehow used the phrase “best player in the nation” to describe Bruin guard Noel Quinn, and Oregon coach Bev Smith tried to sound convincing when she used the term “exciting” to discuss her team’s chances.
So it goes at Pac-10 Media Day. Well, don’t just listen to coaches and players. You’ve come to the right place to find out exactly what will take place within the Pac-10 Conference this season. Yes, I’m usually 90 percent wrong, but that extra 10 percent keeps me around. So, here are my predictions for how things will settle out during the upcoming campaign:
1. Stanford ?- The best coach in the conference has the best team in the conference. A Final Four appearance and a National Championship are not out of the question.
5. UCLA ?- Okay, Noel Quinn is really good but what else does UCLA have to offer?
6. USC ?- This is a dangerous pick. If the Trojans get healthy before Pac-10 play begins, they’re good enough to finish second. If they can’t put a consistent line-up on the floor, they may be fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth.
So, there you have it. Don’t bet the farm and hold on tight. Seven Pac-10 Teams will be invited to the NCAA Tournament and the Cats will be one of them. You heard it here first. Take my 10 percent and run!
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