Buffs Tabbed To Finish Third In Pac-12 Preseason Poll
SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Colorado men’s basketball team are picked to finish third overall 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.
The Buffaloes received one first place vote and finished one vote behind second place and defending regular season champion UCLA, who also received a first place vote. Arizona was selected first and received 21 first place votes.
The predicted winner has not won the league the past three years and four of the past five years.
This is CU’s highest preseason placing since they were selected sixth in the Big 12 Conference back in 2003-04.
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 underway for the Pac-12 with 10 games on Friday, November 8. Seven of those contests are home games for the Pac-12 and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
THE 2013-14 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLLTeam (1st Place Votes) Pts.1. Arizona (21) 2732. UCLA (1) 2123. Colorado (1) 2114. Oregon 1965. California 1946. Stanford 1667. Arizona State 1598. Washington 1219. Utah 6810. Oregon State 6711. USC 6312. Washington State 39First place votes in parentheses
PREVIOUS PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLLYear Predicted Winner (Actual Finish) Actual Winner (Predicted Finish)2012-13 Arizona 2nd (tied) UCLA 2nd2011-12 UCLA 5th (tied) Washington 4th2010-11 Washington 3rd Arizona 2nd2009-10 California 1st California 1st2008-09 UCLA 2nd Washington 5th2007-08 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st2006-07 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st2005-06 Arizona 4th (tied) UCLA 3rd2004-05 Arizona 1st Arizona 1st2003-04 Arizona 3rd Stanford 2nd2002-03 Arizona 1st Arizona 1st2001-02 UCLA 6th Oregon 6th2000-01 Arizona 2nd Stanford 2nd1999-00 Arizona 1st (tied) Arizona/Stanford 1st/3rd1998-99 Stanford 1st Stanford 1st1997-98 Arizona 1st Arizona 1st1996-97 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st1995-96 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st1994-95 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st1993-94 California 2nd (tied) Arizona 3rd1992-93 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).