If the Washington men’s basketball team is going to compete for a Pac-12 regular-season championship and a NCAA tournament berth, the Huskies will need to exceed expectations.
Washington was picked to finish eighth in the 12-team conference in the league’s annual preseason media poll. It’s the lowest the Huskies have been picked since the 2003-04 season, coach Lorenzo Romar’s second year at UW.
That year Washington surprised many and finished second in the conference and advanced to the NCAA tourney.
Washington State was picked to finish last.
Arizona was picked as the overwhelming favorite to finish in the Pac-12. The Wildcats received 21 of 23 first-place votes.
UCLA, which was picked second, received a first-place vote as well as Colorado, which was picked third. The Bruins are the defending regular-season champions.
Oregon, which won the Pac-12 Tournament last season, was picked fourth followed by California, Stanford and Arizona State.
Utah was tabbed ninth followed by Oregon State and USC.
1. Arizona (21) 273
2. UCLA (1) 212
3. Colorado (1) 211
4. Oregon 196
5. California 194
6. Stanford 166
7. Arizona State 159
8. Washington 121
9. Utah 68
10. Oregon State 67
11. USC 63
12. Washington State 39