The Ducks received the votes of 23 of the media’s 27 voters who cover the league. It was the first time that the Ducks were picked to be first in the conference. The Arizona Wildcats received the other 4 votes. After the Ducks and Wildcats, the predicted order of finish was: UCLA, Cal, Colorado, the Huskies, USC, Utah, OSU, Stanford, ASU, and WSU.
Nationally, the Pac-12 has three teams in the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Top 25: Oregon (5), Arizona (11), and UCLA (20).
UW Senior Malik Dime represented the Dawgs at the annual LA media day along with Coach Lorenzo Romar.
The Huskies lose two NBA First Rounders in Marquese Chriss and DeJounte Murray as well as last year’s top scorer Andrew Andrews. The good news is that the Huskies gain potential first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Markelle Fultz. Coach Romar will also get New Zealand’s Sam Timmins, freshman Carlos Johnson, and junior transfer Matthew Atewe as potential contributors to last year’s core of Dime, Matisse Thybulle, Noah Dickerson, and David Crisp.
Coach Romar commented that he knows much more about the team's depth this season. He cites the team's summer trip to Australia as something that has helped him assess the team going into the season.
Last year, five teams from the Pac-12 made it to the NCAA Tournament. If the Huskies want a chance in the Big Dance, they’ll need to improve on a 9-9 conference record.
The Huskies start the season at home against Yale on Sunday, November 13th.