Perhaps its because the coaches believe Arizona has a significant void to replace in departed Pac-12 Player of the Year Aari McDonald, but whatever he reason, the Wildcats have been selected to finish fifth in Pac-12 play this season.
Arizona is picked to finish behind (in order) Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and Oregon State.
Stanford, the defending NCAA champion that beat Arizona in the title game, had 11 first-place votes and Oregon had one.
Don’t think for a second that Adia Barnes won’t use a fifth-place prediction to her advantage.
The voting of the coaches:
The Pac-12 Media Day is today at San Francisco and AllSportsTucson.com will have more stories later. Sam Thomas and Cate Reese are Arizona’s player representatives there.
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