Titans Picked to Finish Seventh by the Coaches

Cal State Fullerton is also picked to finish 8th by the media but what do they know? We'll take either one since that would mean an invitation in the the Big West Tournament.

UC IRVINE CHOSEN AS FAVORITE IN BIG WEST

UC Irvine was chosen as the favorite of the coaches and the media in the Big West Preseason polls conducted at the Big West Conference Media Day at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. The Anteaters, last year's regular season champions, return just two starters from last year's squad, but they are key players in 2000-01 Big West Player of the Year Jerry Green and All-Freshman Team member Adam Parada. The Anteaters received six first-place votes in the Coaches Poll and 19 of a possible 31 first-place votes in the Media Poll. The Anteaters received 287 points, 30 more than the second choice.

Utah State and UC Santa Barbara were chosen as the second favorites in the coaches' poll with 66 points. The Aggies, who received two first place-votes, were last year's conference tournament champions and return All-Big West team member Tony Brown. The Gauchos, who received one first-place vote, return all five of their starters from last year's squad, including All-Big West players Mark Hull and Mike Vukovich.

In the Media Poll, UC Santa Barbara was the second choice with seven votes for the top spot and 257 total points. Utah State and Long Beach State each were given two nods to finish in first and placed third and fourth in the balloting, respectively. Pacific rounded out the teams that received a first-place vote, and finished fifth in the voting.

The complete results follow.

BIG WEST MEN'S COACHES' POLL RESULTS
1 UC Irvine (6) 76
2 Utah State (2) 66
2 UC Santa Barbara (1) 66
4 Long Beach State 63
5 Pacific (1) 52
6 Cal State Northridge 42
7 Cal State Fullerton 26
8 Idaho 23
9 Cal Poly 19
10 UC Riverside 17
( ) First-place votes

BIG WEST MEN'S MEDIA POLL RESULTS
1 UC Irvine (19) 287
2 UC Santa Barbara (7) 257
3 Utah State (2) 245
4 Long Beach State (2) 232
5 Pacific (1) 195
6 Cal State Northridge 171
7 Cal Poly 105
8 Cal State Fullerton 82
9 UC Riverside 72
10 Idaho 60
( ) First-place votes