Arizona picked to capture Pac-12 men's basketball title in 2012-13

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SAN FRANCISCO--The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-12 men's basketball.

Arizona, led by senior All-Conference forward Solomon Hill (12.9 ppg/7.7 rpg), tallied 15 first-place votes and just narrowly edges out UCLA. The Bruins, guided by redshirt junior forward David Wear (10.2 ppg/6.3 rpg), earned 16 first-place votes and is tabbed for second. California rounds out the top three, while earning three first-place votes.

Reigning NIT champion Stanford is slotted fourth in the poll, while reigning Pac-12 regular season champion Washington was ranked fifth. Colorado, the defending Pac-12 Tournament champion, is picked sixth.

The second half of the poll is led by Oregon, with Oregon State grabbing the eighth spot. USC and Washington State were voted ninth and 10th place respectively. The poll was rounded out by Arizona State in 11th and Utah in 12th.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 12 times in 20 tries. Arizona has correctly been selected in seven of the previous 11 times it has been slated to capture the league crown.

The 2012-13 season gets underway for the Pac-12 with six games on Friday, Nov. 9. Five of those games will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks, with one game televised by Fox Sports Net.

The 2012-13 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Poll

    Team                                          Pts.
1. Arizona (15)                              403
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

Previous Pac-12 Men's Basketball Poll

Year         Predicted Winner     Actual Finish        Actual Winner          Predicted Finish

2012-13        Arizona
2011-12        UCLA                            5th (tied)              Washington                 4th
2010-11        Washington                 3rd                        Arizona                         2nd
2009-10        California                     1st                         California                     1st
2008-09        UCLA                            2nd                       Washington                 5th
2007-08        UCLA                            1st                         UCLA                           1st
2006-07        UCLA                            1st                         UCLA                           1st
2005-06        Arizona                         4th (tied)              UCLA                            3rd
2004-05        Arizona                         1st                         Arizona                        1st
2003-04        Arizona                         3rd                        Stanford                        2nd
2002-03        Arizona                         1st                         Arizona                        1st
2001-02        UCLA                             6th                        Oregon                         6th
2000-01        Arizona                          2nd                      Stanford                        2nd
1999-00        Arizona                         1st (tied)               Arizona/Stanford        1st/3rd
1998-99        Stanford                        1st                         Stanford                       1st
1997-98        Arizona                         1st                         Arizona                         1st
1996-97        UCLA                            1st                         UCLA                            1st
1995-96        UCLA                            1st                         UCLA                            1st
1994-95        UCLA                            1st                         UCLA                            1st
1993-94        California                      2nd (tied)             Arizona                         3rd
1992-93        Arizona                         1st                         Arizona                          1st
*1991-92      Arizona                          3rd                       UCLA                             2nd
*1990-91      Arizona                          1st                        Arizona                          1st
*1989-90      Arizona                          1st (tied)              Arizona/Oregon State   1st/3rd
* - The Pac-12 polls were decided in a vote among league coaches (1990-92).

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