Men's Basketball Picked Third

IRVINE, CA - The Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team was picked to finish third and the Titans' women's basketball team was a unanimous sixth-place pick according to a poll of media members and league coaches following the 2007 Big West Conference Media Day event held on Wednesday morning at the Irvine Marriott.

The men's team received a first-place vote in both the media and coaches poll and was picked to finish third according to the media behind UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly and tied for third with Pacific behind the Gauchos and Mustangs according to the coaches.

Despite going down to injury that will likely keep him out until December, senior forward Scott Cutley was named to the preseason all-conference team as voted on by the media, joining Pacific's Anthony Brown, UCSB's Chris Devine and Alex Harris, UC Irvine's Patrick Sanders, and Cal Poly's Darwin Whiten.

Cutley was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior after leading the Big West in rebounding last season at 9.5 per game and was the No. 5 scorer at 15.6 points per game.

The men's team opens its 2007-08 season on Nov. 6 with an exhibition against Biola at 7:05 p.m., while the women's team begins on Nov. 3 with an exhibition against Point Loma at 2 p.m.


BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEDIA DAY

Men's Media Poll Results Men's Coaches Poll Results
1. UC Santa Barbara (13) - 152 1. UC Santa Barbara (4) - 58
2. Cal Poly (2) - 138 2. Cal Poly (1) - 52
3. Cal State Fullerton (1) - 114 t3. Pacific (3) - 48
4. UC Irvine - 109 t3. Cal State Fullerton (1) - 48
5. Pacific - 92 5. UC Irvine - 42
6. Cal State Northridge - 76 6. Cal State Northridge - 31
7. Long Beach State (2) - 52 7. UC Davis - 20
8. UC Davis - 43 8. Long Beach State - 14
9. UC Riverside - 34 9. UC Riverside - 11

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Anthony Brown, Pacific, Jr., F
Scott Cutley, Cal State Fullerton, Sr., F
Chris Devine, UC Santa Barbara, Jr., F
Alex Harris, UC Santa Barbara, Sr., G
Patrick Sanders, UC Irvine, Sr., F
Dawin Whiten, Cal Poly, Sr., G