Eight Pac-10 teams tip off in the first four league games of the season Friday, and then UW and Washington State complete the first round of games at 3 p.m. Saturday in Pullman.
And we also got preview comments from both UW coach Lorenzo Romar and WSU coach Tony Bennett.
"I thought that the conference would be competitive. I didn't know how competitive it would be from one to 10. I think there are more clubs that are stepping up, that are making it an even more competitive conference that I even thought it would be. I wouldn't have predicted Stanford would be undefeated going into conference play. They're doing a heck of a job. I watched them play against Texas Tech: They looks stellar. Cal (is even better than I expected.) … There are just some teams across the board that are doing a good job. I think Arizona has everyone's attention. People thought they were dead in the water. They're not. It's going to be a wild ride again."
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"You don't know until you get into league play, but certainly Cal and Stanford have been surprises. You look at what Stanford did to Texas Tech and you say, 'Oh my, that was an impressive performance.'
"In the league, I think everybody's capable. Some teams are a little up and down with new guys, but our hope is that with our new guys they'll continue to become more solid. Some of these games have exposed the areas where we have to improve. But I think the league is very capable this year. Maybe it doesn't have the powerhouses or some of the marquee players of last year, but it's a little better than maybe some of the people thought. It seems to be solid. ... Some teams that some people thought – the Cals or Stanfords that might be really down; or even us for that matter – have shown now that they'll be able to compete. So, I think you'll see a very hard-fought league -- better than people thought. As good as last year? I don't know; it's probably hard to say that right now. But I think it's capable."