The Stanford men's basketball team will finish the Pac-10 season in ninth place -- if members of the media who cover the conference regularly are correct in their prognosticating.
The Cardinal (7-11, 14-18) finished in an eighth-place with Oregon last year, a game ahead of last-place Washington State.
Washington was picked to win the conference title. The Huskies (11-7, 26-10) were third last year and went on to win the conference tournament.
Washington, which returns four starters from its NCAA Sweet 16 team, including All-Pac-10 junior guard Isaiah Thomas, received 33 first-place votes. This is the first time the Huskies have been picked as the preseason favorite.
Arizona, which also returns four starters, including Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Derrick Williams, received one of the two remaining first-place votes and was tabbed to finish second. UCLA picked up the other first-place vote and is picked third.
Arizona State, which finished second last year, was voted fourth, followed by Washington State and USC. Defending Pac-10 champion California is tabbed for seventh, followed by Oregon State.
1, Washington (33 first-place votes) 348 points
2, Arizona (1) 296
3, UCLA (1) 281
4, Arizona State 215
5, Washington State 191
6, USC 178
7, California 151
8, Oregon State 120
9, Stanford 98
10, Oregon 47
Stanford senior fullback and linebacker Owen Marecic is one of 16 finalists for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented annually to the top football scholar-athlete in the country.
As a finalist, Marecic will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation.