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Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Goose, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Just picked it up. Here are their predictions:

    Pac-12
    1.) Arizona (#1 in nation)
    2.) Utah (#20 in nation)
    3.) Colorado
    4.) Stanford
    5.) UCLA
    6.) Cal
    7.) Washington
    8.) Arizona State
    9.) Washington State
    10.) Oregon
    11.) USC
    12.) Oregon State

    All-Conference Team
    * Joseph Young (Oregon)
    * Delon Wright (Utah)
    * Chasson Randle (Stanford)
    * Stanley Johnson (Arizona)
    * Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona)
    * TJ McConnell (Arizona)
    * DaVonte Lacy (Washington State)
    * Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington)
    * Josh Scott (Colorado)
    * Jabari Bird (Cal)

    All-Newcomer Team
    * Stanley Johnson (Arizona)
    * Kadeem Allen (Arizona)
    * Thomas Welsh (UCLA)
    * Kevon Looney (UCLA)
    * Reid Travis (Stanford)

    Top 3 Venues
    * McKale Center (Arizona)
    * Coors Event Center (Colorado)
    * Huntsman Center (Utah)
     
  2. torerobuff

    torerobuff Dancing is forbidden Club Member

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    Wow. I mean, I think Utah is definitely on their way, but #20 overall. Wow.
     
  3. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    crazy to see us above UCLA.
     
  4. Gary Indiana

    Gary Indiana Club Member Club Member

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    Agree. I believe both CU and Stanford finish ahead of Utah this year.
     
  5. RumblinBuff

    RumblinBuff That one blogging guy Club Member

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    We will beat the Utes twice, they can have the September publicity.
     
  6. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Strongly disagree. Utah's legit. They're a top 20 team and #2 in the conference.

    UCLA is too low. WSU & ASU are WAY too high.

    CU cracks the top 4.
     
  7. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Bottom third of the Pac-12 looks weak to me this year.
     
  8. BIGEZ321

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    Hmmm, no Dominique Collier in the newcomer list. They're sleeping on him...
     
  9. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    ASU, OSU & WSU are going to be horrid. OSU has good coaching, and WSU has Lacy, but other than that, those three teams blow. USC also has the potential to join them in the "utter crap" group - depending on if Reinhardt's attitude is worth a damn this year. Don't get me wrong, even if he's a rock star they won't be amazing or anything, but if the wheels come off there, they're REALLY coming off.
     
  10. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    Is Romar finally going to be on the hot seat? They seem to be doing nothing the past few years.
     
  11. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    That was a Tad-like turnaround by Larry K. I know the Utes had success under Majerus, but I also think Utah basketball sank lower than we did the last decade. That's a state that supports its hoops, too. Hope our rivalry aim is higher than targeting them, but I expect a lot of good games between us and the Utes going forward. When the travel partner matchups are good enough to have national TV potential the conference as a whole is having a good year. Still not sure it's a 6-bid year though.
     
  12. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I can't wait to see the PAC:12 schedule this year. Teams are going to dread going to the mountains to play us and Utah. Would be nice to be on the back end of Arizona and UCLA.
     
  13. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Turnaround is only "potential" at Utah right now. I think they'll be good, but they have to do it on the court before I anoint them as a top half team in the conference.
     
  14. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    People forget how big of a national power Utah was for a while there. National championship games, Elite Eights, etc.. They were legit.
     
  15. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    I worry about the Utes... limited to no altitude advantage. Always have played us tough, even when ****ty. Oh yea, and we can't say that Tad killed their mascot with his bare hands without getting in trouble.
     
  16. Shldr2Shldr

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    bear hands
     
  17. SECOBuffsFan

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    Utah gained a lot of confidence from a weaker than weak non-conference schedule last year....how they do against San Diego State and Kansas will dictate how well they play in conference in my opion
     
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    Any idea when we will see those conference schedules for MBB and WBB? I thought I had seen something saying they would be out by 9/2 but they are running out of time to make that happen.
     
  19. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I don't know but I checked the schedules today and they only had non-con there. Should be soon.
     
  20. CVilleBuff

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    Not buying Utah top 20. I expect a good year from them though.
     
  21. wyobuff

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    Im also not sold on utah in the top 20 - top half of the pac for sure, probably top 4 with us, Ucla & zona. but top 20 in the country? I'll wait a while to decide if I think they are worthy.
     
  22. CUBuffs2021

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    Oregon at number 10?
     
  23. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    They lost a lot and seem to be in turmoil.

    I think they've got like 1 player over 6'2" who has played any meaningful minutes for them.
     
  24. wyobuff

    wyobuff Well-Known Member

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    I dont really recall what happened or if things have changed since I last looked, but 3 of their 4 best players allegedly raped some girl, then the other transferred. I believe the alleged rapists were tossed off the team.
     
  25. CUBuffs2021

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    Yes but even with all that I think they should be above WSU.
     
  26. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    When you play the "game" like Altman does, you run the risk of major down years.

    As we know, jumping into the top 25 is different than actually staying there. I want to see Utah handle expectations and prove they can win big road games consistently before I proclaim them top 20.
     
  27. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    Utah is playing a brutal schedule.

    @San Diego State
    @Kansas
    @UNLV
    Wichita State

    They are definitely going to be tested by the time conference play rolls around.
     
  28. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Utes are back and it is cool
     
  29. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    mmmm rapey
     
  30. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    Kudos to the yoots for upping their schedule difficulty.
     

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