ESPN asked Pac-12 coaches to predict the order of finish to the 2014-15 season and the coaches unanimously picked Arizona to win the conference regular-season title.
Washington finished sixth in the polling, which is a little surprising considering several media forecasts predict a dour season for the Huskies.
Jeff Goodman also asked the coaches several questions and allowed them to give anonymous responses, which proved to be interesting.
Here’s a look at ESPN’s Pac-12 preseason coaches poll.
Total votes next to teams; number of first-place votes in parentheses
1. Arizona – 384 (32)
2. Utah – 316
T-3. UCLA – 312
T-3. Colorado – 312
5. Stanford – 250
6. Washington – 200
7. Oregon – 196
8. California – 182
9. Arizona State – 146
10. USC – 120
11. Washington State – 62
12. Oregon State – 36
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona forward Brandon Ashley is ready to move on from the season-ending foot injury that likely postponed his NBA dreams.
— It’s early in fall workouts and Arizona is trying to determine its roles.
— Oregon is in the news again for all the wrong reasons. This time senior guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit and junior forward Elgin Cook were arrested Sept. 12 for shoplifting at a local store. After the Oct. 5 report in the Register-Guard coach Dana Altman released a statement that read: “We are disappointed with these two young men. We expect our student athletes to conduct themselves as solid members of this community and team. Both are being disciplined internally.”
— It’s a little old, but new California coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down the Golden Bears.