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October 28, 2010LOS ANGELES -- The Washington Huskies are picked to finish first in the 2010-11 Pacific-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.
Defending Pac-10 tournament champion Washington, which returns four starters from its NCAA Sweet 16 squad, including All-Pac-10 junior guard Isaiah Thomas, gathered 33 of the 35 first-place votes.
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, which returns four starters as well, picked up 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.
How they picked them
Here is the 2010-11 Pac-10 media poll:
1. Washington (33), 348
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