Nov. 1, 2012
Pauley Pavilion Central
The UCLA men's basketball team, ranked No. 13 in the preseason by AP and USA Today, was picked to finish second in the Pac-12, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-12 men's basketball.
The Bruins received the most first-place votes in the poll with 16 but were edged out overall by Arizona, 403-402. The Wildcats tallied 15 first-place votes.
California and Washington were the only other schools to receive first-place votes, tallying three and two, respectively. California is picked third overall, followed by Stanford, returning regular season champion Washington, and reigning Pac-12 Tournament champion Colorado. The second half of the poll is led by Oregon in seventh, followed by Oregon State, USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Utah.
Media have correctly selected the Conference winner 12 times in 20 tries, including seven of 11 times that Arizona has been picked to capture the league crown.
The 2012-13 season gets underway for the Pac-12 with six games on Friday, Nov. 9, including UCLA's season opener in New Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State. Tickets for the game and for the rest of the season can be purchased at uclabruins.com/tickets or at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN).
2012-13 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Poll
1. Arizona (15) - 403 pts.
2. UCLA (16) - 402
3. California (3) - 325
4. Stanford - 296
5. Washington (2) - 278
6. Colorado - 262
7. Oregon - 217
8. Oregon State - 166
9. USC - 163
10. Washington State - 111
11. Arizona State - 107
12. Utah - 78
First place votes in parentheses