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2010 Pac-10 Basketball Media Day

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The Pac-10 hoops elite gathered inside Nokia Theater at LA Live today for the annual basketball meet and greet.

The preseason poll has USC picked to finish 6th.

isaiah-thomas.jpg1. Washington
2. Arizona
3. UCLA
4. Arizona St.
5. Washington St.
6. USC
7. Cal
8. Oregon St.
9. Stanford
10. Oregon

The biggest offseason changes came up in Eugene, where they will open up the new Matthew Knight Arena with a new head coach, Dana Altman (via Creighton).

The Huskies are clear favorites, receiving 33 of 35 first place votes.  They return highly-rated guards Isaiah Thomas (pictured right) and Abdul Gaddy.

UCLA brought in the most highly-touted freshmen headlined by PF Josh Smith and SF Tyler Lamb.

Washington State's Klay Thompson, an Orange County product, would be my preseason favorite for conference player of the year.

Two pieces of video for your enjoyment from the day...

First, USC head coach Kevin O'Neill and big man Nikola Vucevic take their turn on the big stage.



Finally, here is the Pac-10's hoops trailer to get you fired up for the return of college basketball.






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