Golden Bears Pickets to Win Pac-10 Title in Media Poll

Oct. 29, 2009

BERKELEY - For only the second time in history, California has been selected to win the Pac-10 title in a preseason vote of media members who regularly cover the conference.

The Golden Bears picked up 25 of 37 first-place votes and received 350 total points. Washington got seven first-place votes and 330 points, with UCLA taking the final five first-place votes for 302 points.

The only other time Cal was chosen to win the Pac-10 came in 1993-94 and featured All-Americans Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray. The Bears eventually finished tied for second in the conference.

In other news Thursday, Cal earned a preseason No. 13 ranking in the Associated Press preseason poll and a No. 12 rating in the USA Today preseason poll.

The Bears return four starters from a squad that finished 22-11 overall and tied for third in the Pac-10 last season. Cal opens the regular season on Monday, Nov. 9 when the Bears host Murray State in Haas Pavilion.

2009-10 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Pool

Team                  Points1. California (25)    3502. Washington (7)     3303. UCLA (5)           3024. Arizona            2215. Oregon State       2186. Oregon             1757. Arizona State      1448. Washington State   1239. USC                10910. Stanford           63

First-place votes in parentheses

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