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UCLA Picked First in Pac-12 Preseason Poll

Oct 13, 2021
Jaime Jaquez Jr., Johnny Juzang (photo by Jenny Chuang)

SAN FRANCISCO – The UCLA men's basketball team has been selected first in the annual Pac-12 men's basketball preseason media poll, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
The Bruins secured 32 of 34 possible first-place votes in the preseason poll. UCLA advanced to the 2021 Final Four, going 22-10 overall last season, and will return all 10 contributors from that postseason run.
Oregon finished in second in the preseason poll, securing the other two first-place votes. USC was selected third, while Oregon State and Arizona were tied for fourth. Colorado rounded out the top half of the preseason poll as the sixth team.
Arizona State, Washington State, Stanford, Utah, Washington and California completed the predicted order of finish.
Media members have correctly picked the Pac-12 Conference winner 17 times in 32 tries, including five times during the Pac-12 era (since 2011-12). The winner has been accurately chosen in 21 of the 37 all-time preseason votes.
In addition, Campbell, Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang were selected as preseason first-team All-Pac-12 selections, as voted by media members. The Pac-12 unveiled a 10-person "first team" and a five-person "second team" in its annual list of preseason selections.
Freshman Peyton Watson, a 6-foot-8 guard/forward from Long Beach, Calif., was listed as an honorable mention preseason all-league selection. Watson and Stanford's Harrison Ingram were the only freshmen preseason honorable mention accolades (earning at least eight votes from the voting media contingent).
Jaquez Jr., Juzang and head coach Mick Cronin are representing UCLA's program at Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media (more information here) at the Pac-12 Headquarters in San Francisco.
UCLA will open its regular-season schedule against CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The Bruins will host one exhibition game against Chico State on Thursday, Nov. 4.
A limited number of season tickets for the upcoming season are available, starting at $349, by clicking here. The "3 Pointer" mini-plan package, which includes a ticket to games against Villanova, Colorado and Alabama State, are also available by clicking here. UCLA season ticket and mini-plan packages can be purchased online or by calling (310) 206-5991.
Early-season single-game tickets are also available for purchase (click here) or by calling the (310) 825-2101.

2021-22 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank Team Votes 2020-21 Record 2020-21 Pac-12 Record
1. UCLA 404 (32) 22-10 13-6
2. Oregon 373 (2) 21-7 14-4
3. USC 320 25-8 15-5
t-4. Arizona 245 17-9 11-9
t-4. Oregon State 245 20-13 10-10
6. Colorado 235 23-9 14-6
7. Arizona State 224 11-14 7-10
8. Washington State 221 14-13 7-12
9. Stanford 151 14-13 10-10
10. Utah 105 12-13 8-11
11. Washington 85 5-21 4-16
12. California 44 9-20 3-17