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Pac-12: Arizona No. 1 in basketball rankings

College basketball's offseason has just begun, and Arizona is the team to beat in 2015.

The Wildcats received the No. 1 ranking in Sporting News' early look at next season, just ahead of Kentucky. The publication acknowledges that freshman forward Aaron Gordon likely is headed to the NBA and may be joined by early entrants Nick Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski also face decisions. "Regardless, there will be oodles of talent in Tucson next fall," Sporting News declares, led by forward Stanley Johnson.

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The Pac-12's talent level will drop off considerably, after the Wildcats. The conference's only other schools in the top 25 are No. 18 Colorado and No. 25 Oregon.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal
» Arizona football: Hill named to another watch list
» Freshman facts, Part II
» Arizona football: Cats raising money for Cystic fibrosis

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon at the Pac-12 Media Days: What do you want to know?
» Oregon's Greatest Athlete: Round of 64 Day 2 (vote)
» Four-star running back has Oregon on his top 5 list, CJ McCollum leaves Vegas with signs of improvement : The Oregonian sports top 5
» Can FCS South Dakota give the Ducks a run? Your comments

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» WNBA All-Star game: Chiney Ogwumike gets even with sister
» Local digest: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry in hunt at Lake Tahoe golf tournament
» Stanford graduates Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike meet again as WNBA all stars
» Sports digest: Ogwumike sisters are WNBA All-Stars

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Marquese Chriss dazzles at Under Armour Finals
» NBA legend Michael Cooper diagnosed with tongue cancer
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Tight ends
» Morning links: Are the Huskies a 'sleeper' in the Pac-12 North?

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Three Vandals on preseason all-Sun Belt teams
» Indians go wire-to-wire in first half
» Spokane rallies past the Storm
» Shock v. Tampa Bay



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