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October 2, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Athlon picks Huskies seventh in Pac-12

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Athlon Sports magazine picked Washington to finish seventh in the Pac-12 and predicted the Huskies would miss the NCAA Tournament and return to the National Invitation Tournament.
In its college basketball preview edition, the magazine picked Arizona to win the conference followed by UCLA, California and Stanford. All four teams are expected to make the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinal is predicted to advance to the Final Four while the Wildcats are picked to play in the Elite 8, the Bruins are tabbed to make the Sweet 16 and the Bears are picked to lose their first game.
Here’s the rest of the predicted finish: 5, Colorado; 6, USC; 7, UW; 8, Oregon State; 9, Oregon; 10, Washington State; 11, Arizona State and 12, Utah.
In addition to the Huskies, the Buffaloes, Trojans and Beavers are expected to play in the NIT.
Athlon picked UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad to win the Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year award while Stanford’s Aaron Bright was tabbed as the most underrated player in the Pac-12.
C.J. Wilcox (above) was picked to the third team all-Pac-12 squad while senior center Aziz N’Diaye was selected the best defensive player in the conference.
Here’s the magazine’s take on Washington: “The Huskies will do what they usually do, which is get out and run, put the ball in the basket in bunches and be practically unbeatable at home. Whether they can be any better than a middle-of-the-pack finisher in the Pac-12 and an NIT team is far from clear. The need better offensive balance to keep opposing defenses from loading up on the perimeter. N’Diaye, with his obvious scoring limitations, likely isn’t the solution.”
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Scout.com’s Josh Gershon caught up with Isaac Hamilton who confirmed his visits to UTEP (Oct. 5), San Diego State (Oct. 12) and UW (Oct. 27). The five-star guard took an official trip to Baylor and plans to visit UNLV. He’ll make every trip with his younger brother Daniel. When asked about the Huskies, Hamilton said: “Coach Lorenzo Romar told me that if I come, he doesn’t want me but needs me to come in and play big minutes as a freshman. After college, the next level is the NBA and I think that would really help me as a player.”
— Utah 7-3 senior center David Foster will undergo foot surgery that will end his college career. He missed last season with a broken foot.
Ikenna Iroegbu, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, verbally committed to Washington State.

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