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March 6, 2012 at 5:15 AM

Gutierrez, Boyle winners in media survey

Thanks to Jeff Faraudo at the Mercury News for organizing and compiling results in the annual Pac-12 basketball media survey.
Very enlightening. Unlike the Pac-12 balloting where the conference coaches do the voting, our survey is somewhat transparent.
Among the 28 writers who participated in the survey, 21 voted for California senior guard Jorge Gutierrez to win the player of the year award. Washington’s Tony Wroten Jr. was a distant runner-up with four votes while Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham and Oregon’s Devoe Joseph each received a vote. One writer chose to abstain.
In the coach of the year balloting, the Colorado’s Tad Boyle was the clear-cut winner with 13 votes. Oregon’s Dana Altman received seven votes while Washington’s Lorenzo Romar and Cal’s Mike Montgomery each had three.
Wroten received the the most votes under the category: Non-senior who should consider NBA draft.
FSN analyst Marques Johnson wrote: “Game tailor-made for the next level.”
Washington collected 18 votes and is the favorite among the writers to win this week’s Pac-12 Tournament.
The Oregonian’s John Hunt wrote: “Yeah, Cal beat them in Seattle, but I can’t see the Huskies losing this.”
Everyone in the survey predicted the Huskies and Bears will play in the NCAA tournament, but only 13 writers believe UW will advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Here’s how I answered the survey.

Who should be the Pac-12 Player of the Year?
— Tony Wroten. He won’t get the coaches’ vote, but he gets mine. I could just as easily have cast my ballot for Terrence Ross.
Name a five-man all-conference team (roughly by position; in other words, please don’t pick five guards or four centers):
— Wroten, Ross, Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe and Devoe Joseph.
Coach of the Year?
— Lorenzo Romar. Picked fourth, finished first. The Huskies lost four players and 56 points from last year’s team. Lost Scott Suggs to season-ending foot injury. And yet, Washington finished with its second best conference record in school history.
Which team most surprised you?
— Washington. Again, picked fourth.
Which one most disappointed you?
— UCLA. Who knew?
Where would UCLA have finished in the Pac-12 had UCLA if Reeves Nelson had not been kicked off the team? Higher, lower or about the same?
— About the same.
Which incoming Division I transfer had the most impact on a Pac-12 team?
— Joseph. Who else deserves consideration?
Which departed Pac-12 transfer had the best season at another school?
— Drew Gordon. That’s really a guess. Haven’t researched this.
Which non-senior should most seriously consider entering the NBA draft?
— Personally, I don’t think anyone is ready to make the jump. However, Ross and Wroten most likely are gone.
Which underclassman should reconsider if he is thinking about entering the NBA draft?
— Selfishly I’d like to see Jared Cunningham return, but wouldn’t be surprised if he declared for the draft.
Which Pac-12 coach could find himself on the hot seat next season?
— Just one? Nearly half of the conference coaches should be put on notice starting with Ben Howland. The others include: Kevin O’Neill, Herb Sendek, Ken Bone and Craig Robinson.
Which of the eight teams that play Wednesday has the best chance of winning the Pac-12 tournament title?
— UCLA. The Bruins will be a tough out. They’re big and the SI brouhaha could make them a tighter group.
Who will win the Pac-12 tournament?
— Washington. Huskies make it three in a row.
Which Pac-12 team(s) will earn NCAA tournament bids?
— Washington and Cal. The Pac-12 Tourney finalists will make it to the Big Dance assuming the higher seeds win in the semis.
Which Pac-12 team(s) will survive until the second weekend of the NCAAs?
— Washington and Cal. Why not? Can’t think of any good reason to suggest these teams will win two (maybe three) NCAA tournament games other than Pac-12 teams have fared well in the tourney recently. Last year three teams won at least one game.
— Here’s our story on the Pac-12 postseason awards.
Washington State stayed in Los Angeles rather than return home following the regular-season finale at USC. Coach Ken Bone’s said it would have been too much of a hassle to fly to Pullman on Sunday and come back to LA Tuesday for Wednesday’s Pac-12 Tournament opener.
Bud Withers thinks the coaches got it right on the COY and POY awards.
— Arizona Republic’s Doug Haller offers his thoughts on the postseason awards.
— Before the awards were announced, C.J. Wilcox jumped on the air with KJR-AM. The audio is below.
— Looks like Arizona coach Sean Miller voted for Terrence Ross.
— The Wildcats are talking about playing in the NIT, which may give a little insight on how they feel about their chances on winning the Pac-12 Tournament and an automatic NCAA tournament berth.
— Oregon will face a familiar opponent in its Pac-12 Tournament opener.
— Not a Pac-12 story, but Syracuse is under intense scrutiny again.

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