SAN FRANCISCO -- Oregon was picked to finish fourth in the 2013-14 Pac-12 Conference preseason media poll released prior to the start of Pac-12 Media Day.
Arizona was the preseason choice to win the conference for a second straight year, followed by UCLA and Colorado. The Wildcats received 21 first-place votes and 273 points, while the Bruins and Buffaloes split the remaining two first-place votes.
Oregon is the second-highest Pac-12 team in the preseason USA Today coaches poll, coming in at No. 18 behind No. 5 Arizona.
The Ducks have exceeded preseason expectations the past three seasons under fourth-year head coach Dana Altman. Oregon was picked to finish seventh a season ago and tied for second before winning the Pac-12 Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. In Altman's second year, the Ducks were pegged to finish fifth, but tied for second.
Media have correctly picked the conference winner only 12 times in 21 tries (57%). The lowest ranked team to ever win the title was Oregon in 2001-02, when the Ducks were chosen sixth.
The Ducks open the regular season Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Georgetown in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys, South Korea (ESPN, 5 p.m PT). The first chance for fans to see the 2013-14 squad in action is Sunday, Oct. 27 in an exhibition against Northwest Christian at Matthew Knight Arena (Pac-12 Networks, 5 p.m. PT).
The 2013-14 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Poll
Rk Team Points
1. Arizona (21) 273
2. UCLA (1) 212
3. Colorado (1) 211
4. Oregon 196
5. Cal 194
6. Stanford 166
7. Arizona State 159
8. Washington 121
9. Utah 68
10. Oregon State 67
11. USC 63
12. Washington State 39
First place votes in parentheses