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Buffs Tabbed To Finish Third In Pac-12 Preseason Poll

Oct 17, 2013

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.

Team (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Arizona (21) 273
2. UCLA (1) 212
3. Colorado (1) 211
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
First place votes in parentheses

Year        Predicted Winner (Actual Finish)             Actual Winner (Predicted Finish)
2012-13 Arizona 2nd (tied)                                        UCLA 2nd
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).