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October 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Pac-12 media day live game thread

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, left, answers questions alongside C.J. Wilcox during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, left, answers questions alongside C.J. Wilcox during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Things just wrapped up here at Pac-12 media day. Here’s a rundown of the day’s events.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

— Scott said last season was a turnaround season for the conference. He sees the trend continuing and touts the three teams in the top 25 USA Today coach’s poll that was released Thursday.

— Scott welcomed Alford and Enfield into the conference.

— Scott said the Pac-12 Tournament was “a huge success.” He said it’s a “must-see” event and something to circle on the calendar.

— All Pac-12 games will be televised on some format. Two seasons ago, there were 90 games that weren’t televised. This season, 45 games will be broadcast on ESPN. There’s 25 games on Fox Sports 1, which will televise the Pac-12 Tournament. And there’s 221 games are on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Still no movement on negotiations with DirecTV.

— Scott talks about hiring Dibler to oversee officiating. He said: “Our objective is to attract the best officials possible.”

—  Scott said the NCAA will take a look at the one-and-done rule, which “threatens to make a mockery” of the student-athlete ideal.

UCLA coach Steve Alford and Kyle Anderson

— The Bruins have had 14 practices and are mostly healthy.

— On Enfield’s verbal jab at UCLA, Alford said: “Whether that was motivation or whatever, we’ve already nicknamed Kyle ‘Slo-Mo.’ Anderson said: “It’s up to us to focus on what we have to do. We know how we want to play.”

— UCLA has two sets of brothers on the roster, Travis and David Wear and Kory and Bryce Alford.

— Alford said the most challenging aspect so far has been blending the six players who helped UCLA to a title last season blending with the newcomers. Chemistry is a question on Westwood.

— Anderson said he’s a playmaker, but acknowledges that some games he’ll have to score more than others.

— On the coaching change, Anderson said the players have built trust with the new staff.

— UCLA doesn’t have a prototypical point guard, but Anderson thinks the Bruins are versatile at the position. He noted freshman Zach LaVine is also a combo guard.

Arizona coach Sean Miller and Nick Johnson

— Miller said Johnson is the natural leader of the team.

— Johnson said there’s numerous teams that will challenge for the Pac-12 title. He said: “As far as us, we’re just working hard every single day and honoring the process. We’ll see what happens.”

— Miller sidesteps question about officials.

— Miller said Gordon is a very easy guy to deal with. “His greatest strength he’s given his teammates and us is he’s an extremely hard worker and very focused,” Miller said. “He’s a fun guy to have as a teammate.”

— Johnson said newcomer T.J. McConnell “will pass up an open layup to get you a shot.” Johnson said they’re gaining a connection on the offensive end. Johnson calls him a defensive “bulldog.”

— Johnson on Gordon: “I call him a little kid because he plays with so much energy. … He’s a joy to be around. I look forward to playing with him.”

— Miller said there’s 7-8 teams that can finish first or second in the Pac-12. He worries about Arizona’s experience.

Oregon coach Dana Altman and Johnathan Loyd

— No update on Joseph Young. Oregon is still waiting on his waiver. There’s no timetable on when there’s going to be a decision. Altman is confident he’ll be eligible.

— Altman on transfers: “We came into a situation at Oregon and we felt like we needed to drastically change our talent level. … It worked out because they’re really good guys. … We’ve been just really fortunate. Guys come in and just really care about our team.”

— Altman grilled about Nike and asked if there should be a cap on outside financial contributions. He said everyone has benefactors.

— On South Korea trip, Altman said the players are excited about going on the trip and playing Georgetown.

— Loyd said the college game will be more high scoring due to the new hand-checking rule.

— Loyd, who own the Pac-12 Tournament’s most outstanding award, is probably the only reserve representing his school today.

— Altman said rebounding is a concern because Oregon lost is front court.

California coach Mike Montgomery and Justin Cobbs

— When asked about Pac-12 newcomers, Montgomery said Gordon is a monster. He said freshmen still have things that they don’t know.

— On freshman Jabari Bird, Montgomery said he’s leery about the attention freshmen receive. Still, he said Bird will be a great player. Montgomery said: “I want to be sure that we’re not pushing him. I want him to learn the game because I think he has a great future. … He’s a very, very talented player. I would suspect that as we move through the season … the better he’s going to be.”

— Cobbs said he’s about 80 percent healthy from offseason foot surgery. Said he’s pretty sure he’ll be ready for the season opener.

— Montgomery gets a little uncomfortable fielding so many questions about Bird.

— Cal needed a win going into the last week of the season in each of the past two years to win the Pac-12 regular-season title and came up short. Cobbs said Cal has the experience to finish better this season.

Colorado coach Tad Boyle and Spencer Dinwiddie

— Boyle thinks Dinwiddie is one of the premier point guards in the country.

— Colorado has six freshmen and 10 underclassmen on the roster.

— Dinwiddie talked about the standout Pac-12 guards and names Carson, Kyle Anderson and Justin Cobbs. “Every team across the board is going to have those guys that make this conference tough,” he said.

— Boyle said he doesn’t worry about the high expectations. “We can’t worry about what the outside world is thinking about us,” he said. “We got to come to work every day. At the end of the day, all the matters is the performance on the court.”

— Dinwiddie said he doesn’t view Arizona as the favorite. He believes CU is the favorite.

— The Buffaloes participated in a Navy SEAL two-day program for the second straight year. Boyle said: “It’s not fun. It was cold and rain the first night. … You learn so much about your team. Leadership. You learn about toughness. Who wants to step up. … It’s something that we refer back to during the course of the season.” Dinwiddie said: “It brings us together as a unit. … It also makes you look at yourself and be very honest with yourself. … You’re going to know what you  were weak at going through the program.”

— Colorado has a the third-most difficult non-conference schedule, Boyle said.

— Redshirt freshman Wesley Gordon has a chance to start, Boyle said.

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek and Jahii Carson

— While talking about Pac-12 player of the year candidates, Sendek said Dwight Powell is a NBA power forward.

— Carson said he spoke with Sendek and his family who helped him to decide to return to school.

— Sendek said the Pac-12 has replenished its talent after a few down years.

— Sendek said he learned today how much the new hand-checking rule will be emphasized. Said he’ll have to call practices much closer. Said it could have a revolutionary affect on the game.

— ASU practices with a 24-second shot clock. The college shot clock is 35 seconds.

— Sendek said every guy on the roster may be there for one year. “That four-year plan … no longer exists. You have guys  who  graduate and have started and decide they will transfer as a fifth-year senior almost like a free agent. … You have to build your team each year.”

— Sendek said Carson makes everybody on the team better.

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October 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Washington picked eighth in Pac-12 preseason poll

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,…

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October 17, 2013 at 3:17 AM

What to look for at Pac-12 media day

Pac-12 media day begins Thursday morning from the conference’s headquarters in San Francisco.  You can follow the action here. Coach Lorenzo Romar and C.J. Wilcox take the main stage at 10:40, which will be streamed live on Pac.12.com. Fans can participate in the Q&A and send questions via Twitter using #pac12hoops. Romar will also appear…

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September 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

C.J. Wilcox added to Pac-12 Media Day lineup

The Pac-12 men’s basketball Media Day is Thursday Oct. 17. It should come as no surprise, senior guard C.J. Wilcox will accompany coach Lorenzo Romar to the media day, which will be held at conference headquarters in San Francisco for the second straight year. Here’s a tentative schedule. Bobby Dibler, Pac-12 Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating ………. 9…

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November 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Video – Lorenzo Romar at Pac-12 Media Day

Had a chance to pull Lorenzo Romar away from his many media obligations at Pac-12 Media Day for a quick interview. This player was created in September 2012 to update the design of the embed player with chromeless buttons. It is used in all embedded video on The Seattle Times as well as outside sites. brightcove.createExperiences();

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November 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Pac-12 Media Day Live Thread

WASHINGTON ON STAGE — Coach Lorenzo Romar and senior guard Abdul Gaddy representing the Huskies.
Romar said it’s a fun time of year.
On home court advantage at Hec Ed, Romar said the building has been there a long time. He said it’s very intimate. He said there’s been some fun times in that building.
On Jernard Jarreau, Romar said he was a 6-3 freshman guard in high school. He’s grown seven inches and put on weight. Romar said he’s more consistent shooting the ball and better in the low post. Romar is pleased on his development.
On Arizona, Romar said he’s not sure if it’s a rivalry but noted the past few games have been fun because they’ve been hard-fought games that have been decided at the buzzer.
On expectations, Gaddy said he want to be the best leader possible. He said he’s learned from Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman about how to lead off the court and on the court.
On chemistry, Gaddy said UW has great team chemistry. He said the team doesn’t have a dominant personality. “The team is the face of the team,” he said.
On chemistry, Romar said Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox will also help to lead alongside Gaddy.
CALIFORNIA ON STAGE — Coach Mike Montgomery and junior guard Allen Crabbe representing the Golden Bears.
Montgomery said he was disappointed not winning the conference championship last season. He said there’s a good nucleus of players returning, noting five players who have started at one time or another. “We got the pieces to be competitive. … Now it’s the job to put them on the same page and win big.” Montgomery expects 8-9 players to contribute.
On Richard Solomon, Montgomery said it was a tough deal when he was ruled academically ineligible last year. He said Solomon has grown up and is much more mature. “That’s not to say he won’t dunk and pound his chest every once in awhile,” Montgomery added.
On David Kravish, Montgomery said he’s up to 220 pounds from 170 when he first arrived. He’s stronger than ever before. Montgomery said Kravish has been pushed and will continue to push him to do more on the floor.
On leadership role, Crabbe said the upperclassmen will need to step up.
More on leadership, Crabbe said there’s more opportunities for him to step up and lead by example.
On health issues, Montgomery said. at this time last year he was 10-12 days out of surgery. He said the health scare was a wake-up call.
On the freshmen, Montgomery said he has a lot of veterans and his policy is to have first-year players learn. Freshman guard Ricky Kreklow is out with a broken foot. Montgomery said Tyrone Wallace will likely receive early minutes.
On the new TV deal’s impact on recruits, Montgomery said “people are going to get interested in you that probably in the past wouldn’t because our television coverage was very poor.”
On the Pac-12 contenders, Montgomery said a lot of what’s being projected is on NBA upside, which was a nod to UCLA. He said Arizona is loaded “there’s no question about that.” He said the league has gotten a lot better. He said Stanford is very good. “There’s a lot of people to like in this league,” he said. “The league should be a lot better from top to bottom so it should be pretty exciting.”

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November 1, 2012 at 5:33 AM

Where will Pac-12 pundits pick UW?

Pac-12 Media Day begins this morning at the Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco. You can tweet a question to a coach or player and watch a streamed video of the press conference at Pac-12.com. We’ll also provide a game thread with updates throughout the day. TODAY’S SCHEDULE: 10 a.m. — Commissioner Larry Scott 10:05 — Gary Stevenson, President…

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