Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook picks Cal as the No. 8 team in the nation in its preseason top-25.
(To avoid the confusion we apparently had earlier in the week, we reiterate that this is BASKETBALL).
Best I can tell, this is the highest Blue Ribbon has pegged the Bears. The 1993-94 team featuring Jason Kidd as a sophomore was ranked No. 15 by the magazine. Blue Ribbon projected the Bears with the freshman Kidd at No. 20 in 1992-93.
The publication picked Cal to win the conference title, placed Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher on its all-Pac-10 team and projected Randle as the league’s player of the year.
Blue Ribbon lists Kansas at No. 1. Washington, at No. 23, is the only other Pac-10 team ranked, meaning that UCLA is nowhere to be found.
Here’s the entire top-25:
2. Michigan State
5. North Carolina
12. West Virginia
13. Georgia Tech
16. Ohio State
21. Oklahoma State
24. Georgetown 25. (tie) Siena
25. (tie) Siena