Lindy’s, the first of the preseason college basketball magazines I’ve seen, picks Cal to finish fourth in the Pac-12 Conference and gives the Bears one of five NCAA tournament berths going to conference schools.
The magazine projects UCLA as the Pac-12 champion, although the eligibility issues of the Bruins’ newcomers could impact that pick. Lindy’s has UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Cal and Washington in the NCAA field.
Here are their conference picks:
1. UCLA; 2. Arizona; 3. Stanford; 4. California; 5. Washington; 6. USC; 7. Colorado; 8. Oregon; 9. Arizona State; 10. Washington State; 11. Oregon State; 12. Utah.
Lindy’s has Allen Crabbe on its five-man preseason all-conference team, along with UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, Arizona’s Solomon Hill, WSU’s Brock Motum and Colorado’s Andre Roberson.
Cal point guard Justin Cobbs is a third-team all-Pac-12 pick.