UA women's basketball coach Adia Barnes addresses the media at Pac-12 women's basketball media day, along with Malena Washington (left) and LaBrittney Jones (center).

Arizona was ranked 11th in the USA Today coaches Top 25 preseason poll today, six spots below presumed conference favorite Oregon.

The Ducks were ranked 5th while three other UA opponents this season were ranked: Michigan State (9), Gonzaga (13) and UCLA (20).

The Pac-12's annual preseason media poll will be released Friday in San Francisco.


UA freshman Lauri Markkanen was one of 20 players named to the Naismith's Karl Malone (power forward) preseason watch list.

Other Pac-12 players named were Cal's Ivan Rabb, UCLA's T.J. Leaf and USC's Bennie Boatwright.


The Arizona women's basketball team was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 during coach Adia Barnes' first season. UCLA was picked to win the conference in polling by the league's coaches.

The total results, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. UCLA (8) 116

2. Stanford (2) 110

3. Washington (2) 93

4. ASU 89

5. Oregon State 81

6. California 71

7. Oregon 69

8. Utah 52

9. USC 44

10. WSU 31

11. Colorado 22

12. Arizona 14


UA women's coach Adia Barnes said she didn't mind where the Wildcats were picked, having been used to an underdog role during her playing career.

"I love having a challenge and having that chip," Barnes said. "You take it one day at a time, and I know what I'm going to do. And it starts now."


Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, speaking at the beginning of the women's media day, said the recent Big 12 expansion talks didn't have an impact on the Pac-12 one way or another.

"We've certainly paid attention to it but I don’t think it had an impact," Scott said. "We love being 12 teams and hope there's no more expansion nationally. I didn’t think whatever they decided was going to have an impact on us."

Scott was asked about his thoughts over Pac-12 athletes making demonstrations as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has.

"It’s a topic that came up and it's something people are very attentive to," Scott said. "What I feel strongly about is that we as a general rule ought to support student-athletes for having a voice and an impact in society. That's what we're training student-athletes to do.

"They have a platform and an opportunity to affect social change, and I think with that opportunity comes responsibility. People are paying attention to what you do. In general, I’m an advocate of student-athletes recognizing that they’ve got opportunity ... I would also support that student-athletes be well-informed of the implications of what they're doing."