Media pick clear favorite in Pac-12 men's basketball race

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2013-14 Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-12 men’s basketball.

Arizona, led by junior guard Nick Johnson (11.5 ppg/3.6 rpg/3.2 apg), tallied 21 first-place votes and is the clear favorite of the media to claim the 2013-14 Pac-12 title. Defending regular-season champion UCLA, guided by sophomore guard Kyle Anderson (9.7 ppg/8.6 rpg), earned one first-place vote and edged out Colorado for the second spot by one point. The Buffs, who are led by All-Pac-12 guard Spencer Dinwiddie (15.3 ppg/3.2 rpg/3.0 apg), received the remaining first-place vote.

Reigning Pac-12 Tournament champion Oregon is slotted fourth in the poll, just two points ahead of California. Stanford edges Arizona State for sixth.

Washington grabs the eighth spot, followed by the trio of Utah, Oregon State and USC, while Washington State is picked 12th.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 12 times in 21 tries. Arizona has correctly been selected in seven of the previous 12 times it has been slated to capture the league crown.

The 2013-14 season gets under way for the Pac-12 with 10 games on Friday, Nov. 8. Seven of those contests are home games for the Pac-12 and will air on Pac-12 Networks.

THE 2013-14 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLL

Team Points First place votes
1. Arizona  273 21
2. UCLA   212 1
3. Colorado   211 1
4. Oregon  196  
5. California  194  
6. Stanford  166  
7. Arizona State  159  
8. Washington  121  
9. Utah  68  
10. Oregon State  67  
11. USC  63  
12. Washington State  39