Nov. 2, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Washington was picked to finish third in the 2006-07 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race in a press poll that was released Thursday at the league's annual media day.
Defending conference champion and NCAA runner-up UCLA was the media's choice to win the Pac-10 title. The Bruins received 21 first-place votes and accumulated 335 points. UCLA broke Arizona's four-year hold as the preseason favorite.
The Wildcats were projected second with 13 first-place votes and 280 points.
The Huskies did not draw a first-place vote, but collected a third-place total of 236 points.
The Huskies return two starters and have nine underclassmen on the 13-player active roster.
"I'm a little surprised," exclaimed Coach Lorenzo Romar about the media's third-place projection. "But, we've got to go out and play the games."
Oregon picked up the remaining first-place vote, placing fourth in the preseason poll with 193 points, followed by No. 5 California (177), No. 6 USC (160), No. 7 Stanford (127), No. 8 Oregon State (75), No. 9 Arizona State (69) and No. 10 Washington State (54).
Last year, Arizona was the projected favorite in the media poll, followed by Stanford. The Wildcats finished the season fourth in the standings and Stanford was fifth.
Washington's second-place position in the 2004 balloting was its highest since the media poll began in 1989.
Washington registered a 13-5 conference record in 2006, finishing as the Pac-10 runner-up for the third straight season.
The media poll hasn't always proved prophetic. In 2004, Washington finished sixth places higher than its eighth-place projection by the press. Last year the Huskies were picked fourth and finished second.
Washington was ranked 16th in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll released last week.
The Huskies open the season with an exhibition game against Saint Martin's University on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
2006-07 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL
Place Team (1st-place votes) Points
1. UCLA (21) 335
2. Arizona (13) 280
3. WASHINGTON 236
4. Oregon (1) 193
5. California 177
6. USC 160
7. Stanford 127
8. Oregon State 75
9. Arizona State 69
10. Washington State 54