Washington senior guard C.J. Wilcox is featured on the regional covers of Lindy’s Sports (left) and Athlon Sports (right) 2013-14 college basketball preview magazines.
Oddly enough, he did not appear on the covers of the Sporting News or USA Today Sports preview sections.
However, the four magazines did agree on one thing: the Huskies were projected to finish eighth in the Pac-12 and Arizona is the runaway favorite to win the league.
Here’s how the mags picked the Pac-12 race.
Athlon Sports: 1. Arizona, 2. UCLA, 3. Colorado, 4. Oregon, 5. Stanford, 6. California, 7. Arizona State, 8. Washington, 9. Oregon State, 10. USC, 11. Utah and 12. Washington State.
Lindy’s: 1. Arizona, 2 Colorado, 3. UCLA, 4. Stanford, 5. Oregon, 6. Arizona State, 7. California, 8. Washington, 9. Utah, 10. USC, 11. Oregon State and 12. Washington State.
Sporting News: 1. Arizona, 2. Oregon, 3. UCLA, 4. Colorado, 5. California, 6. Stanford, 7. Arizona State, 8. Washington, 9. Oregon State, 10. Utah, 11. Washington State and 12. USC.
USA Today Sports: 1. Arizona, 2. Stanford, 3. Colorado, 4. California, 5. Oregon, 6. UCLA, 7. Arizona State, 8. Washington, 9. USC, 10. Oregon State, 11. Washington State and 12. Utah.
And here’s what they’re saying about Washington.
Lindy’s: Romar isn’t in any immediate trouble. But he indicated he understands the urgency to get UW back on track by reshaping his coaching staff after the season, including jettisoning two long-time assistants. The buzz on the program seems to have worn off in Seattle, and not much will be expected of UW this season. But Romar’s teams have often been better when considered underdogs. If (Nigel) Williams-Goss is as good as advertised and (Perris) Blackwell makes a quick transition to Pac-12 play, the Huskies could surprise.
Sporting News: Even with Wilcox, Washington won’t have the overall talent of some of its recent teams, but the Huskies have the athleticism to pull off their trademark uptempo offense and gambling defense. … If Washington misses a third straight NCAA Tournament after so many years of success, Lorenzo Romar will be on the hotseat.
USA Today Sports: A trip to the NCAA tournament seems a reach for the Huskies, which would make it four (actually three) years in a row that they’ve been on the outside looking in. This team might be less talented than Romar’s previous three.
Washington players garnered some preseason kuodos.
Lindy’s tabbed Wilcox the league’s top shooter and put him on the its second-team all-conference squad. Williams-Goss was a third-team pick. Athlon put together a top 10 list of Pac-12 players and picked Wilcox sixth.