2018 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Day

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Oregon picked as Pac-12 Men’s Basketball preseason favorite

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SAN FRANCISCO – For the second time in the past three seasons, OREGON has been chosen the favorite to win the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball title in a vote of media members who cover the league.

The vote comes ahead of Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on Thursday. Pac-12 Networks will air an "Inside Pac-12 Men's Basketball' Men's Media Day" special starting at 11 a.m. PT, followed by an hour-long ESPNU live studio show beginning at 3 p.m. PT. Additionally, all 12 head coach podium sessions will be available via live video streaming on Pac-12.com, the Pac-12 Now app and the Pac-12 Conference's Facebook and Twitter starting at 10 a.m. PT. For complete Pac-12 Media Day coverage, visit pac-12.com/mbbmediaday.

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Oregon, which was a first-time league favorite ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, received 16-of-25 first-place votes and 288 points to sit atop the 2018-19 preseason poll.

The Ducks return a pair of starters, highlighted by Second Team All-Pac-12 point guard Payton Pritchard, and add a top-5 recruiting class headlined by five-star freshmen Bol Bol and Louis King.

With the Ducks’ women’s program also tabbed the 2018-19 Pac-12 favorite, it marks the first time in Conference history that both basketball preseason polls have been topped by the same school.

Four different programs received first-place votes in the poll, the most since five teams collected at least one in advance of the 2015-16 campaign.

UCLA, which like Oregon returns two starters and adds a top-5 recruiting class, received six first-place votes en route to being picked second with 264 points. It’s the highest preseason ranking for the Bruins since being picked runner-up ahead of 2013-14.

WASHINGTON garnered a pair of first-place votes and 249 points to come in third, its highest preseason prediction since being picked to win the league crown in 2010-11. The Huskies boast the most returning production of any major conference program in the country with all five starters back from last year’s 21-win team.

ARIZONA secured the final first-place vote and 205 points to place fourth, its lowest Conference preseason ranking since 2009-10. The Wildcats lost their entire starting lineup from last season’s Pac-12 regular-season and tournament title team, but have revamped their roster led by the addition of Duke transfer and former McDonald’s All-American Chase Jeter.

USC and ARIZONA STATE completed the top half of the preseason poll in fifth and sixth, respectively. The Trojans are in the midst of the winningest stretch in program history with 71 victories over the past three seasons, including 24 in 2017-18, while the Sun Devils hit the 20-win plateau and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons last year.

COLORADO, UTAH, STANFORD, OREGON STATE, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON STATE completed the predicted order of finish. Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 16 times in 29 tries, while the winner has been accurately chosen in 20 of the 34 all-time preseason votes.

Four Pac-12 teams – Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Washington – appear on several national media outlets’ preseason top 25 rankings for the 2018-19 campaign.

Four All-Freshman Team selections, three All-Conference performers and a pair of All-Defensive team honorees from last season are slated to return to the league for 2018-19. Additionally, six NBA Draft early-entry candidates elected to return to Pac-12 programs, highlighted by First Team All-Conference pick Noah Dickerson (Washington), All-Rookie Team member Kris Wilkes (UCLA) and reigning Pac-12 Most Improved Player Robert Franks (Washington State).

Pac-12 programs also boast eight of the top 40 recruiting classes in the country according to 247Sports, including three in the top 11 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State), as well as the second-most top 50 (10) and top 100 (19) commitments of any league.

The Pac-12 regular season tips off with seven games on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the first official contest pitting a pair of NCAA Tournament teams in ARIZONA STATE and Cal State Fullerton on Pac-12 Networks at 5 p.m. PT. Opening week will also feature the fourth annual Pac-12 China Game between CALIFORNIA and Yale on ESPNU at 8 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 9 (with immediate re-air on ESPN2 at 10:15 p.m. PT), as well as a pair of early Pac-12 vs. SEC showdowns with WASHINGTON visiting Auburn on Nov. 9 and USC hosting Vanderbilt on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Pac-12 regular-season play begins on Thursday, Jan. 3 and culminates March 13-16 with the 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

2018-19 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. Oregon (16) 288
2. UCLA (6) 264
3. Washington (2) 249
4. Arizona (1) 205
5. USC 203
6. Arizona State 165
7. Colorado 161
8. Utah 122
9. Stanford 109
10. Oregon State 102
11. California 45
12. Washington State 35

PREVIOUS PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLLS

Year Predicted
Winner
Actual
Finish
Actual
Winner
Predicted
Finish
2017-18 Arizona 1st Arizona 1st
2016-17 Oregon 1st (TIED) ARIZONA / Oregon 2nd / 1st
2015-16 Arizona 3rd (TIED) Oregon 4th
2014-15 Arizona 1st arizona 1st
2013-14 Arizona 1st Arizona 1st
2012-13 Arizona 2nd 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
1988-89** Arizona/Stanford 1st /
2nd
Arizona 1st (tied)
1987-88** Arizona 1st Arizona 1st
1986-87 Arizona 2nd UCLA 3rd
1985-86 Washington 2nd Arizona 8th
1984-85 Washington 1st (tied) USC/Washington 7th /
1st (tied)

**The Pac-12 preseason polls were decided in a vote among league coaches (1987-91).

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