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Oregon picked to finish 4th in Pac-12 preseason media poll

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Last season, the Oregon Ducks marched all the way to the Final Four as part of a historic 33-win season. But the Oregon squad that takes the court this winter will look very different from the one last season, with Payton Pritchard being the only returning starter.

The long list of players from last year’s Final Four team that are no longer with the Ducks includes Jordan Bell, Casey Benson, Tyler Dorsey, Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis and Kavell Bigby-Williams.

The Pac-12 media thinks those departures will be too much for Oregon to handle, as they picked the Ducks to finish fourth in the Pac-12 this year.

Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, gathering 22 of the 23 first-place votes. USC received the other first-place vote.

Oregon opens their regular season on November 10 against Coppin State at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 9:00 PM PT on the Pac-12 Networks.