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June 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Guess which team is emerging as a Pac-12 title favorite

ESPN’s college basketball analysts Stephen Bardo and Miles Simon made interesting observations last week while handicapping the Pac-12 and predicting which team will win the regular-season title.
Simon is one a handful of West Coast observers who favors California, while Bardo is the only one I’ve seen so far who is picking Stanford.
Bardo said losing leading scorer Jeremy Green is an addition by subtraction for the Cardinal. He’s enamored with incoming freshman Chasson Randle, the Cardinal’s new point guard.
Simon said Bears sophomore Allen Crabbe will be the best returning player in the conference. He also gives high marks to seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp. Simon predicted 6-3 sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs, the Minnesota transfer, will be the biggest surprise in the league.
Other conference contenders include defending champion Arizona, runner-up UCLA and Washington, which finished third and won the 2011 conference tournament.

— With the NBA draft completed, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2012 mock drafts. projects the Pac-12 will produce just one draft pick: UW sophomore Terrence Ross who is slated to be chosen at No. 15. Got to believe sophomore center Josh Smith has one more year left at UCLA and will be taken fairly high in next year’s draft.
— ESPN’S Paul Biancardi takes a look at three of the top incoming point guards including Washington’s Tony Wroten Jr.
— Are international players gaining on college basketball players? Michael Wilbon thinks so. The ESPN columnist noted “the Congo had produced two more draft picks than North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville and Georgetown combined.”
— Looks like Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott needs a raise. According to the AP, which reviewed 2009 tax returns, four BSC commissioners earned at least $1 million in annual compensation. Scott is fifth among the Big 6 commissioners drawing $735,000 annually. The Big Ten’s Jim Delany leads the group receiving total compensation valued at $1.6 million, followed by ACC’s John Swofford ($1.1 million), SEC’s Mike Slive ($1 million), Big 12’s Dan Beebe ($997,000) and Big East’s John Marinatto ($366,000).
— It’s a little old, but the folks at weigh in on the rumor that Minnesota is interested in coach Lorenzo Romar. Gary Parrish believes Romar should take the job if its offered while Matt Norlander says Romar can parlay the Wolves’ interest into a new deal at UW.
John Calipari believes college basketball players should be paid. Shocker. The Kentucky coach has devised a plan to make it happen. He said the major schools should leave the NCAA and form four super conferences of 16- or 18-teams based on geography (East, North, South, West). His model would allow schools to pay athletes $3,000 to $4,000 in addition to their scholarship.
Andrew Jones at Fox says Calipari’s plan won’t work.

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