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Pac-12 Basketball Rankings: Washington, Washington State Enter With Low Expectations

The Washington Huskies won the 2011-2012 regular season title in the Pac-12, but the conference was so weak that UW was unable to make the field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament.

The Washington St. Cougars started out slowly and were forced to play the role of spoiler most season, but the team undoubtably had flashes of brilliance.

WIth the upcoming season just a few months away, ESPN released their preseason Pac-12 basketball power rankings. We'll take a look at what they had to say after the break.

Doug Gottlieb was the man behind the preseason Pac-12 power rankings. Check them out here. For those of you wondering, Arizona was No. 1, UCLA was No. 2 and Cal was surprisingly third.

ESPN has the Huskies at 5th in the rankings. The primary concern is all the scoring the team lost last season.

5. Washington Huskies

Aziz N'Diaye, Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox return for a team that lost two first-round picks. UW should be fine and solid, with better chemistry but not the talent we are used to seeing in Seattle. Scott Suggs being back along with Wilcox gives the Huskies some outstanding shooting.

The Cougars came in at 10th on the list.

10. Washington State Cougars

Mike Ladd broke his thumb last year, and if he is healthy and playing alongside Reggie Moore and DaVonte Lacy, Wazzu is solid in the backcourt. Brock Motum is a horse in the post, but depth and inside scoring are questions for an otherwise solid team.

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