Pac-12 media pick Arizona to finish first

SAN FRANCISCO--The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-12 men's basketball.

Arizona, led by senior All-Conference forward Solomon Hill (12.9 ppg/7.7 rpg), tallied 15 first-place votes and just narrowly edges out UCLA. The Bruins, guided by redshirt junior forward David Wear (10.2 ppg/6.3 rpg), earned 16 first-place votes and is tabbed for second. California rounds out the top three, while earning three first-place votes.

Reigning NIT champion Stanford is slotted fourth in the poll, while reigning Pac-12 regular season champion Washington was ranked fifth. Colorado, the defending Pac-12 Tournament champion, is picked sixth.

The second half of the poll is led by Oregon, with Oregon State grabbing the eighth spot. USC and Washington State were voted ninth and 10th place respectively. The poll was rounded out by Arizona State in 11th and Utah in 12th.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 12 times in 20 tries. Arizona has correctly been selected in seven of the previous 11 times it has been slated to capture the league crown.

The 2012-13 season gets underway for the Pac-12 with six games on Friday, Nov. 9. Five of those games will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks, with one game televised by Fox Sports Net.

The 2012-13 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Poll

    Team                    Pts.
1. Arizona              403

2. UCLA               402
3. California           325
4. Stanford                 296
5. Washington           278
6. Colorado                 262
7. Oregon                   217
8. Oregon State             166
9. USC                      163
10. Washington State        111
11. Arizona State           107
12. Utah                     78

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