Utah basketball was picked to finish 9th by the media - an improvement from their 12th place prediction from a year ago.
Still, it shows that the Runnin' Utes aren't back yet, even with their mini-run in the Pac-12 tournament and stellar upcoming recruiting class.
Because of this, it's hard to find fault in that ranking.
Utah finished last season 9th in the conference with a losing record of 5-13.
What do you expect from this year's Runnin' Utes? My hope for this team is to really contend for a .500 conference record. If they do, like last year's team, they'll surprise.
But right now, most in the media are in a wait and see mode.
And that's perfectly acceptable.