Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Pac-12

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Pac-12 Conference:

 

After last season, it would be more than difficult to say that the Pac-12 hasn’t improved. It’s more than improved and expectations are soaring for many squads in the league.

Arizona and UCLA have each added a number of talented freshmen that have skyrocketed the hype heading into the 2012-13 season. However, Bruins’ freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad, arguably the league’s best player, has yet to be cleared by the NCAA. With that being said, UCLA should still be amongst the league’s most improved squads this year.

California, Colorado and Stanford all turn to veterans and returnees for guidance, while squads like Washington and Oregon look to battle around the middle of the league. USC may be the conference’s most interesting enigma. After a horrendous season a year ago, a number of newcomers and transfers have increased expectations. Jio Fontan is also back to lead the way in the back court.

The bottom half of the league once again faces uncertainty, as hot seats may kick in sooner than later for Washington State‘s Ken Bone and Arizona State‘s Herb Sendek.

After Washington took home the Pac-12 regular season title a season ago, the Huskies failed to make the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first power-six conference team to do so. There should be no such situation like that presenting itself in 2013 as a number of competitive squads will jostle for position and bids to the Big Dance.

 

Pac-12 Predictions:

1. Arizona

2. UCLA

3. Colorado

4. Stanford

5. California

6. USC

7. Washington

8. Oregon

9. Arizona State

10. Oregon State

11. Washington State

12. Utah

 

First Team All-Pac-12 Predictions:

G Allen Crabbe, Jr., California

G Jahii Carson, Fr., Arizona State

G Chasson Randle, So., Stanford

F Brock Motum, Sr., Washington State

F Andre Roberson, Jr., Colorado

(*** Shabazz Muhammad, Fr., UCLA if eligible ***)

 

Pac-12 Player of the Year Prediction:

Andre Roberson, Jr., Colorado

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Sean Miller, Arizona

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Kyle Anderson, Fr., UCLA

(*** Shabazz Muhammad, Fr., UCLA if eligible ***)

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Colorado advanced to the Round of 64

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

 

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