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Preseason Media Poll
8. Oregon State
10. Washington State
11. Arizona State
Washington State's Brock Motum
They Said It
Arizona: "He's been on three different teams that have been in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. There aren't many players that have a year left of eligibility that you can say that about. He wants to win. I think he knows that we have a team that can do that."
-- Coach Sean Miller on Mark Lyons
Arizona State: "Jahii is an electrifying player. He's blessed with amazing athletic talent. But for me, the joy in practice with Jahii is his eagerness to learn. And he has been a complete and total team guy."
-- Coach Herb Sendek on Jahii Carson
California: "We were a little disappointed to be so close last year and have it in our grasp and not be able to sustain it down at the end and win it, because I really value conference championships. I know how hard they are."
-- Coach Mike Montgomery
Colorado: "Our team this year is going to be a work in progress. We're young. We've got a lot of inexperience, but we're going to be relying on guys like Andre Roberson, guys like Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker as we get going."
-- Coach Tad Boyle
Oregon: "We're going to rely on our seniors, E.J. Singler, Tony Woods and Carlos Emory, to lead our ball team. We've got a lot of new faces with six freshmen, but we're very excited about the season and hope that it's a great one for the Pac-12 and for our team."
-- Coach Dana Altman
Oregon State: "Even without Jared Cunningham I'm pretty excited. He'll be a tough guy to replace, but I'm confident and positive that every single player who is coming back knows how tough that is and has raised the bar for themselves."
-- Coach Craig Robinson
Stanford: "Winning the NIT was great for this group. But winning our last eight out of 10 games was terrific. I thought our kids played best at the end, and a number of those kids are returning, so I'm very excited about our potential this upcoming season."
-- Coach Johnny Dawkins
UCLA: "The transformation from the old Pauley to the new Pauley is really, really special. It's a modern-day, beautiful arena, but still captures the tradition and history of what's happened there in the past."
-- Coach Ben Howland on renovated Pauley Pavilion
USC: "I think we're a team that's going to play with a chip on their shoulder. We're going to play hard, we're going to play together, we're going to do things that hopefully equate to winning basketball."
-- Coach Kevin O'Neill
Utah: "Our focus right now is really building a culture, and I know that's a big buzzword in the world of sports. We have spent a lot of time with people in the field that understand that, and we want to build our culture by design and not by default."
-- Coach Larry Krystkowiak
Washington: "We have great team chemistry this year. It's one of our strengths, and I think that's going to really help us offensively and defensively. We get along with each other so well, and we don't really have that dominant personality, that one guy that's the face of the team. The team is the face of the team."
-- Huskies guard Abdul Gaddy
Washington State: "I'm just looking to accomplish a lot more wins than last season. I think if I can score more than last year, and that helps us win more games, then I'll do that by any means, but it's not more on a personal note; it's more a team focus. As long as we win more games, I'll be happy."
-- Cougars forward Brock Motum
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Washington's Abdul Gaddy