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Runnin’ Utes Picked 8th In Preseason Poll

The University of Utah men’s basketball team has been picked 8th in the Pac-12 preseason poll.

SAN FRANCISCO—The University of Utah men’s basketball team has been picked 8th in the Pac-12 preseason poll, the league announced on Friday morning at Pac-12 basketball media days.  The poll was voted on by 27 media members who cover the league.

The Utes finished with a 27-9 record last season, and ended the 2015-16 campaign in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.  Utah returns two starters from last year’s squad in forward Kyle Kuzma and guard Lorenzo Bonam.

The Oregon Ducks were projected to win the league, a first for the preseason poll.  The Ducks (No. 5), the Arizona Wildcats (No. 11), and the UCLA Bruins (No. 20) represent the conference in the preseason USA Today Coach’s Poll.

The voting resulted as follows:

TEAM (first-place votes) POINTS
1. Oregon (23) 320 points
2. Arizona (4) 298
3. UCLA 259
4. California 209
5. Colorado 199
6. Washington 167
7. USC 163
8. Utah 142
9. Oregon State 122
10. Stanford 119
11. Arizona State 78
12. Washington State 30

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