SAN FRANCISCO -- Oregon was picked to finish seventh in the 2012-13 Pac-12 Conference preseason media poll released prior to the start of Pac-12 Media Day.
Arizona was pegged to win the conference, followed by UCLA and California. The Wildcats received 15 first-place votes and 403 points, barely edging the Bruins (16 first-place votes, 402 points).
The Ducks have exceeded preseason expectations the past two years under third-year head coach Dana Altman. Oregon was picked to finish fifth a season ago and tied for second. In Altman's first season, UO placed seventh after conference media predicted a 10th-place finish.
Media have correctly picked the conference winner 12 times in 20 tries. The lowest ranked team to ever win the title was Oregon in 2001-02, when the Ducks were chosen sixth.
The Ducks host Southwestern Oklahoma State on Monday at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena in their second and final exhibition game. Oregon remains home to open the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. against Northern Arizona in a game that will be carried on Pac-12 Networks.
The 2012-13 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Poll
Rk Team Points
1. Arizona (15) 403
2. UCLA (16) 402
3. California (3) 325
4. Stanford 296
5. Washington (2) 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
First place votes in parentheses