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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

October 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

USA Today preseason poll released, UW misses top 25

Three Pac-12 teams are ranked in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 preseason basketball coaches poll.
Arizona begins the season at No. 16, UCLA at No. 20 and California at No. 24. Washington received 29 votes and essentially the Huskies are 30th in the nation.
Two of UW’s non-conference opponents are ranked. Duke is No. 6 and Marquette is No. 21.
North Carolina is the overwhelming No. 1 pick. The Tar Heels collected 30 of 31 first-place votes. No. 2 Kentucky also received a first-place vote.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona’s Josiah Turner is the only player selected to the Wayman Tisdale watch list, which honors the nation’s top freshman. The list is compiled by the USBWA. Others named to the watch list are: Bradley Beal, Florida; Chane Behanan, Louisville; Khem Birch, Pittsburgh; Anthony Davis, Kentucky; Andre Drummond, Connecticut; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky; Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Austin Rivers, Duke; Marquis Teague, Kentucky; Adonis Thomas, Memphis and Cody Zeller, Indiana.
— Arizona senior Kyle Fogg said Nick Johnson has picked up the offense faster than any other Wildcats freshman.
Defense is being emphasized at Oregon during the first days of practice.
— The Huskies will face one of the best shooters in the nation when they host Portland and senior guard Nemanja Mitrovic.
Say goodbye to Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone. Coach Craig Robinson said he’s finally been able to stock the roster with enough athletic players to play a man-to-man defense and an uptempo offense.
— Former UW standout Justin Dentmon made the 12-man Team USA squad that will compete in the Pan America Games next week in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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