Stanford picked to win Pac-12 regular-season crown

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's Stanford team has been picked to win a 15th consecutive Pac-12 regular-season women's basketball championship.

A poll of the league coaches gave the Cardinal 116 points and seven first-place votes, the Pac-12 announced during its media day Wednesday. Bay Area rival California was chosen to finish in second place.

"Stanford is Stanford, they just kind of reload with more All-Americans," said first-year Oregon coach Kelly Graves, who came to Eugene from a successful run at Gonzaga. "We've played them every single year for the last six to eight years. I always thought we had the two best programs on the West Coast and should have been playing. They show you everything you're weak at, they expose you for what you aren't."

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Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame37-1
2 Connecticut40-0
3 Stanford33-4
4 Duke28-7
5 Tennessee29-6
6 South Carolina29-5
7 Baylor32-5
8 Louisville33-5
9 Purdue22-9
10 Kentucky26-9
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