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Friday, October 28, 2011
Media: Bruins No. 1 in Pac-12

By Peter Yoon

UCLA has been picked to win the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball title in the annual pre-season media poll, the conference announced Friday.

The Bruins, conference runner up last season, received 14 of 38 first-place votes and 421 total points to edge California (13 first-place votes, 405 points) and defending conference champion Arizona (11, 404).

The Bruins return last season's leading scorer and rebounder in power froward Reeves Nelson and along with center Joshua Smith UCLA has one of the top front courts in the nation. UCLA is No. 17 in the Associated Press preseason rankings and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason coaches' poll.

The media has correctly picked the conference champion 12 times in 19 tries. UCLA has topped the preseason media poll seven times during that span and ended up winning the conference five of those times.

The complete poll:

1. UCLA (14): 421 points
2. California (13): 405
3. Arizona (11): 404
4. Washington: 355
5. Oregon: 282
6. Stanford: 255
7. USC: 194
8. Oregon State: 188
9. Arizona State: 148
10. Colorado: 119
10. Washington State: 119
12. Utah: 74

First-place votes in parentheses