UCLA Picked to Defend Pac-10 Title

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Bruins are picked to finish first in the 2007-08 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

The poll shows that UCLA, the defending Pac-10 Champion, gathered 33 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. WASHINGTON STATE picked up the remaining first-place vote and is tabbed for second place. It's the highest placing for the Cougars since the media poll started in 1992-93 (Their previous best was fourth in 1995-96). OREGON, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament Champion, is slotted for third place, followed closely by ARIZONA. STANFORD is picked for fifth, followed by USC, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON. Rounding out the preseason poll is ARIZONA STATE in ninth, followed by OREGON STATE.

1. UCLA (33)              339
2. Washington State (1)   273
3. Oregon                 240
4. Arizona                238
5. Stanford               205
6. USC                    184
7. California             140
8. Washington             132
9. Arizona State           81
10. Oregon State           38
First place votes in parentheses

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