The poll of media covering Pac-12 basketball was released today and the UCLA Bruins came out on top. However, it's far from a consensus among the media, as both Cal and Arizona also garnered strong support.
UCLA, with the strongest front court in the conference led by junior All-Conference forward Reeves Nelson, received 14 first place votes in the poll, while Cal received 13 votes and Arizona grabbed 11 - in other words, the conference is wide open, at least as far as the media is concerned.
Fourth in the poll is defending Pac-12 Tournament Champion Washington, followed by Oregon fifth and Stanford sixth to round out the top half.
The USC Trojans, after losing Nikola Vucevic to the NBA and top returner Jio Fontan with an ACL injury during the team's summer exhibition tour in Brazil, finished seventh in the media poll. The rest of the poll places Oregon State in eighth, Arizona State ninth and Washington State tied for tenth. Conference newcomers Colorado and Utah have their work cut out for them, with the Buffs being finishing tied for tenth in the poll and the Utes bringing up the rear.