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UCLA again the favorite in 2022-23 Pac-12 Men's Basketball preseason media poll

Oct 26, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – For the third consecutive preseason, UCLA has been chosen the favorite to win the Pac-12 Men's Basketball title in a vote of 33 media members who cover the league and announced prior to the league's 2022 Media Day on Wednesday.

The preseason No. 8 nationally ranked Bruins, who received 26-of-33 first-place votes, return four of their top seven scorers from a team that finished runner-up in the Pac-12 regular season and tournament in 2021-22.

Defending champion and No. 17 nationally ranked ARIZONA, which became the first program in Conference history to reach 18 league wins last season, picked up three first-place votes and finished second in the prediction. No. 21 OREGON also garnered a trio of first-place votes to place third, marking the eighth straight polling the Ducks are inside the top 4.

USC, which joined the Bruins and Wildcats in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, was picked fourth. STANFORD collected the final first-place vote and slotted fifth, while COLORADO rounded out the top half of the poll.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 17 times in 33 tries, including five times in the Pac-12 era (since 2011-12), while the winner has been accurately chosen in 21 of the 38 all-time preseason votes.

The Pac-12 will welcome back 13 of its All-Conference performers from the 2021-22 season, matching the most ever for the league during the Pac-12 era (2011-12). Four First Team (Ąžuolas Tubelis, ARIZ; Tyger Campbell & Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA; Drew Peterson, USC), two Second Team (Will Richardson, ORE; Branden Carlson, UTAH) and two All-Defensive Team honorees (Jaquez & Jaylen Clark, UCLA) will return, as well as the entire All-Freshman Team for the first time since the inaugural season of the Pac-12.

Stanford’s Harrison Ingram will be just the second Pac-12 Freshman of the Year recipient to return for a sophomore season in the past decade (Jahii Carson, ASU, 2013 FrOY), and Arizona’s Pelle Larsson, the reigning Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year, will return as well.

Four McDonald’s All-Americans are set to join the Conference this coming season in Oregon’s Kel’el Ware, UCLA’s Amari Bailey and Adem Bona and USC's Kijani Wright to headline 10 Top 100 recruits according to 247 Sports Composite rankings.

2022-23 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

  Team (First Place Votes) Points
1. UCLA (26) 386
2. ARIZONA (3) 352
3. OREGON (3) 336
4. USC 300
5. STANFORD (1) 239
6. COLORADO 207
7. ARIZONA STATE 193
8. WASHINGTON STATE 185
9. WASHINGTON 158
10. UTAH 102
11. CALIFORNIA 69
12. OREGON STATE 47

PREVIOUS PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLLS

Year Predicted
Winner
Actual
Finish
Actual
Winner
Predicted
Finish
2021-22 UCLA 2nd Arizona 4th (tied)
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).