UCLA Men's Basketball Selected to Defend Pac-10 Title in 2008-09

Oct. 30, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's basketball team has been picked to finish first in the Pac-10 Conference in 2008-09, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

Additionally, UCLA has been ranked fourth, nationally, in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, which was released Thursday.

UCLA, the three-time defending Pac-10 regular season champion, earned 37 of 38 first-place votes in the preseason Pac-10 media poll. Arizona State, tabbed to finish second in the conference, received one first-place vote.

USC, Arizona and Washington, respectively, round out the poll's top five selections.

Washington State and Oregon have been selected sixth and seventh, respectively. Rounding out the preseason poll includes, in order, California, Stanford and Oregon State.

UCLA was chosen to finish first in the Pac-10 each of the last two seasons - 2006-07 and 2007-08. Additionally, the Bruins won the Pac-10 Tournament in 2006 and 2008.

UCLA hosts Cal Baptist in an exhibition game Monday, Nov. 3. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is slated for 7:30 p.m. Following their final preseason tune-up against Biola on Friday, Nov. 7, the Bruins open their regular season Wednesday, Nov. 12, against Prairie View A&M in the 2K Sports Classic's first round in Pauley Pavilion.

2008-09 PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL

Rank School (first-place votes) Points
1 UCLA (37) 379
2 Arizona State (1) 325
3 USC 292
4 Arizona 241
5 Washington 217
6 Washington State 188
7 Oregon 147
8 California 143
9 Stanford 115
10 Oregon State 40

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Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
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at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
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Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
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Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
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Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
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Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
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Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
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Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
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Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
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Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
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