For the first time since in six seasons, ARIZONA has been chosen the favorite to win the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball title in a vote of 26 media members who cover the league and announced prior to the league’s 2023 Media Day on Wednesday.
The Wildcats, who received 18-of-26 first-place votes to top the poll for the first time since 2017, return three of their top seven scorers from a team that captured the 2023 Pac-12 Tournament title, and add a trio of high-level transfers in Jaden Bradley (Alabama), Keshad Johnson (San Diego State) and Caleb Love (North Carolina).
USC received four first-place votes and matched its highest preseason billing; the Trojans were also picked second prior to the 2017-18 season. UCLA also garnered a quartet of first-place votes to place third, while OREGON was picked fourth to make the top 4 of the preseason polling for the ninth consecutive campaign. COLORADO and ARIZONA STATE rounded out the top half of the poll.
Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 18 times in 34 tries, including the recent 2022-23 season (UCLA) and six times in the Pac-12 era (since 2011-12), while the winner has been accurately chosen in 22 of the 39 all-time preseason votes.
2023-24 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Outlook
**The Pac-12 preseason polls were decided in a vote among league coaches (1987-91).
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