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UCLA near-unanimous favorite in 2021-22 Pac-12 men's basketball preseason media poll

Oct 13, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – Coming off a trip to the 2021 NCAA Final Four, UCLA is a near-unanimous choice to win the 2021-22 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball title in a vote of 34 media members who cover the league.

The Bruins, who return five starters and all significant contributors from last season's NCAA semifinal run, received 32-of-34 first-place votes to top the preseason media poll for the second straight season.

Two-time defending regular-season champion Oregon received the two other first-place votes to finish second in the prediction. It marks the seventh consecutive polling the Ducks are picked inside the top 4.

2021 NCAA Elite Eight participant USC comes in third to match its second-best preseason ranking, bettered only by the Trojans' runner-up pick in 2017-18.

Fellow Elite Eight qualifier and reigning Pac-12 Tournament champion Oregon State tied with Arizona for fourth. For the Beavers, it is their best preseason position since 1992-93 (3rd).

Colorado rounds out the top half of the poll. Arizona State, Washington State, Stanford, Utah, Washington and California complete the predicted order of finish.

The 2020-21 season saw the Pac-12 land a league-record five teams in the final USA TODAY Coaches poll and finish third in the final KenPom.com conference rankings following a 2021 NCAA Tournament in which four league programs advanced to the Sweet 16, three to the Elite Eight and UCLA reached the Final Four to help the Conference match its all-time mark of 13 NCAA Tourney victories.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 17 times in 32 tries, including five times in the Pac-12 era (since 2011-12), while the winner has been accurately chosen in 21 of the 37 all-time preseason votes.

2021-22 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

  Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. UCLA (32) 404
2. OREGON (2) 373
3. USC 320
T4. ARIZONA 245
T4. OREGON STATE 245
6. COLORADO 235
7. ARIZONA STATE 224
8. WASHINGTON STATE 221
9. STANFORD 151
10. UTAH 105
11. WASHINGTON 85
12. CALIFORNIA 44

PREVIOUS PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLLS

Year Predicted
Winner
Actual
Finish
Actual
Winner
Predicted
Finish
2020-21 UCLA 4th Oregon 3rd
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).