Pac-10 Predictions: Standings

With the start of basketball practice almost here, I figured I'd throw out the first of several Pac-10 predictions. Here's how I see the Pac-10 finishing and why.

With the start of basketball practice almost here, I figured I'd throw out the first of several Pac-10 predictions. Here's how I see the Pac-10 finishing and why.

1. UCLA – Top team in the Pac-10, easily. Darren Collison will compete for Player of the Year honors and Josh Shipp will have a huge senior year.

2. USC – Young but talented. Demar DeRozan will be very tough to stop and I expect big things from Daniel Hackett.

3. Arizona State – Don't sleep on Herb Sendek's group, as the Sun Devils could definitely finish 2nd. James Harden is the best player in the conference.

4. ArizonaChase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise make up the best trio in the conference. The question is: Who else can contribute?

5. Washington – I wouldn't be surprise to see Washington finish as high as 3rd. Coaching is an issue, but the Huskies are very deep and have a great forward in Jon Brockman.

6. Washington State – I'm basing this on coaching alone. I do really like Aron Baynes and think he'll have a very good senior season.

7. Stanford – The Cardinal don't have much besides Lawrence Hill and Anthony Goods, but that should be enough.

8. OregonTajuan Porter will shoot the Ducks into enough games to finish eight, and out of enough games to finish eight.

9. California – Sorry Mike Montgomery, your team isn't very good.

10. Oregon State – It looks like November 4th will be a good day for Craig Robinson, but after that it's going to be a long five months.

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