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2009/10 Pac-10 Basketball Preview

Posted on: October 18, 2009 5:07 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2009 10:29 am
 
1. Washington
   It's going to be strange seeing the Huskies without Jon Brockman, who was such a dominating presence on their team. But there is plenty of talent coming back; look for the Huskies to play a faster tempo;to make up for the absence of Brockman, and to fully exploit their tremendous backcourt of Thomas, Overton & newcomer, Abdul Gaddy. Look for Quincy Pondexter to have a breakout season. Postseason: NCAA

2. California
  The Bears return the big three, Christopher, Randle & Roberston, and Montgomery has adjusted very well to his new home. The offense should be as explosive as ever, but they will need to find support from the bench and be more proficient in the halfcourt on both offense and defense. Postseason: NCAA

 3. UCLA
    The Bruins always recruit well, however the last two great players, Love and Holiday last season, only spent a season in Westwood.Nikola Dragovic leads the returning cast and as always will have a super group of freshman to intergrate into Howland's system. How fast they find the right blend will determine how the Bruins do this season.Postseason: NCAA

  4. Oregon
   Talent was not the problem for the Ducks last season; and this season practically all of it is back, and is joined by Jamil Nelson & EJ Singler, to give the Ducks a lot of depth. The biggest addition to the team though is Coach Dunlap, who's X's & O's expertise will let the Ducks fully utilize their skills, the biggest beneficiary of this should be Michael Dunigan. Postseason: NIT
 
  5. Oregon State
   Last season Craig Robinson came in and he and the Beavers did a complete turnaround. This season won't see another ascencion as high, but with a lot of players returning, most notably,Calvin Haynes and Roland Schaftennar, the Beavers should be contenders for position in the top half of the conference. Postseason: NIT

   6. Arizona
    Nic Wise is back, and new coach Sean Miller is thankfull for that, because except for Wise and forward, Jamelle Horne, the rest of the Wildcats are role players and freshman. As talented as the newcomers might be, this could be a year of setting the foundation for another run of Big Dance appearances. Postseason: NIT

  7. Washington State

    Baynes, Rochestie & Bennett are gone. It was bad enough when it looked like last season the team would have to adjust to playing without two of their mainstays on the court. But with Tony Bennett leaving and Ken Bone taking over the reighns, the adjustment scale got a lot higher. Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto will be called upon for leadership. Postseason: CBI

  8. USC
  The best thing about the season starting for the Trojans is that it means the nightmare of an offseason is over. The best players from last season left, the coach is gone, and Kevin O'Neil iis faced with using what's left in his first season as coach.

 9. Arizona State
   James Harden & Jeff Pendergraph were the leaders last season; both are gone now, leaving role players like Dereck Glasser and Ty Abbott to emerge from the shadows and into the spotlight.

  10. Stanford
    Last season the Cardinal benefited from an easy non-conference schedule to get off to a good start. The non-conference should not be as easy this season and the players are all role players who are not used to carrying the team.

  Pac-10 First Team
Isaiah Thomas (Washington)
Quincy Pondexter (Washington)
Patrick Christopher (California)
Klay Thompson (Washington State)
Michael Dunigan (Oregon)


 Pac-10 Second Team

Tajuan Porter (Oregon)
Jerome Randle (California)
Roland Scaftennar (Oregon State)
Nikola Dragovic (UCLA)

Nic Wise (Arizona)





Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2009 10:00 pm
 

2009/10 Pac-10 Basketball Preview

Nice preview, duckbill.  Like you said, it will be interesting to see how the middle of the conference shakes out.  Oregon, OSU, WSU, and Arizona all have questions to answer, but also some pretty talented players.  They appear to be pretty even, so it'll be interesting to see how they distinguish themselves.  Although the league will be down, I think at least 4 teams will still make the big dance.


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