Oct. 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The California men's basketball team was slated to finish seventh in the Pac-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. The survey was conducted at the conference's annual media day in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The Golden Bears, who won the Pac-10 Conference title last season, garnered 151 total points to come in seventh.
Cal finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 24-11 overall record and a 13-5 Pac-10 record en route to its first conference crown in 50 years. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season under head coach Mike Montgomery.
Defending Pac-10 Tournament champion Washington gathered 33 first-place votes and to earn favorite status. While the Huskies last captured the regular season title during the 2008-09 season, this is the first time they have been picked as the preseason favorite.
Arizona collected one of the two remaining first-place votes and follows Washington in the poll. UCLA picked up the other first-place vote and is slotted third. Arizona State was picked fourth, followed by Washington State (fifth) and USC (sixth). Oregon State in eighth, Stanford in ninth and Oregon in 10th place round out the preseason poll.
Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez and junior forward Harper Kamp will provide the veteran presence for the 2010-11 squad. After Cal lost five seniors from its Pac-10 Championships squad, Montgomery will look to Guiterrez, who averaged 5.5 ppg last season. Kamp, who redshirted last season while recovering from knee surgery, and Markhuri Sanders-Frison will lead the Bears in the front court.
The season tips off Tuesday, Nov. 16, when Cal faces Cal State Northridge at Haas Pavilion. Prior to the official opener, the Bears host Sonoma State in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
2010-11 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
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