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UCLA edges ASU, Oregon as media's 2020-21 Pac-12 Men's Basketball favorite

Nov 12, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO – For the first time since 2011-12, UCLA has been voted the favorite to win the 2020-21 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball title in a vote of 23 media members who cover the league.

Just 10 points separated the top three teams - UCLA, ARIZONA STATE and OREGON - in the poll, the closest vote among the top three in the 37-year history of Conference preseason picks.

The Bruins, who were ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 earlier this week, collected nine first-place votes and 251 points to edge projected runner-up Arizona State - the AP preseason No. 18 Sun Devils garnered five first-place votes and 246 points to match their highest ever preseason prediction (2008-09 Media, 1985-86 Coaches).

Defending Pac-12 regular-season champion and AP preseason No. 20 ranked Oregon netted seven first-place votes and 241 points to slot in third.

STANFORD picked up one first-place vote and 209 points to check in fourth, its highest appearance since 2012-13 (fourth), while ARIZONA (173 points) and USC (one first-place vote, 154 points) rounded out the top half of the poll. COLORADO, UTAH, WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON STATE and OREGON STATE completed the predicted order of finish.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 17 times in 31 tries, including five times in the Pac-12 era (since 2011-12), while the winner has been accurately chosen in 21 of the 36 all-time preseason votes.

2020-21 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

  Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. UCLA (9) 251
2. ARIZONA STATE (5) 246
3. OREGON (7) 241
4. STANFORD (1) 209
5. ARIZONA 173
6. USC (1) 154
7. COLORADO 149
8. UTAH 131
9. WASHINGTON 85
10. CALIFORNIA 65
11. WASHINGTON STATE 54
12. OREGON STATE 36

PREVIOUS PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLLS

Year Predicted
Winner
Actual
Finish
Actual
Winner
Predicted
Finish
2019-20 Oregon 1st Oregon 1st
2018-19 Oregon 4th (TIED) Washington 3rd
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).