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April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Dick Vitale’s top 40 doesn’t include UW

It’s very early to make preseason predictions, but that didn’t stop ESPN’s Dick Vitale from putting together a top 40 list.
Vitale is perhaps the preeminent voice in college basketball, but admittedly he’s not much of a West Coast guy. He tends to favor the traditional powers and his ranking didn’t detour from his reputation.
Two Pac-12 teams appear in the Vitale’s top 25 and it’s not Washington or Colorado, the defending regular season and tournament champions.
Arizona is 12th on Vitale’s list and UCLA 14. Both schools rebounded from disappointing seasons and hauled in recruiting classes that are ranked among the top three in the nation by several recruiting sites. It’s very conceivable to believe they will contend for a conference title if the newcomers are as good as advertised.
Vitale ranks Oregon 37 and Stanford 38.
Seems as if it’s a stretch to believe the Ducks, will finish among the top three in the conference after losing three of its four scoring leaders. However, the Cardinal are a solid preseason pick to finish high in the Pac-12 because it returns the bulk of a rotation that won the NIT title.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— UCLA coach Ben Howland is excited about the upcoming season. He told Gary Parrish of CBSsportscom.: “We’re going back into Pauley Pavilion with a $150 million renovation. Our league has a new television contract. And we’re bringing in an unbelievable recruiting class to go with a very good nucleus. So I’m excited.”
— According to ESPN, UCLA has the top 2012 recruiting class in the nation.
— Junior guard Mark Lyons, who is transferring from Xavier, plans to visit Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas.
— Washington’s Dec. 29 game at Connecticut is getting easier as each day goes by. UConn, which is ineligible to play in the postseason in 2013, had two players this week ask for their release. The Huskies have lost five players since the end of the season.
— Former Kentucky forward Terrence Jones makes amends to a cheerleader.

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