2012-13 Pac-12 Power Rankings

Arizona holds down the preseason No. 1 spot, but UCLA is rising

Updated: July 17, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN Insider

On Monday, Insider began its conference Power Rankings series for the upcoming season with a look at the pecking order in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Today, we'll tackle the Pac-12.

1. Arizona Wildcats
The Cats fell into Mark Lyons, who graduated from Xavier with a year of eligibility left, and it makes them national title contenders this season. It's not that Lyons is great -- he isn't -- but he knows Sean Miller from playing for him before and is a sound ball handler at the point. He also has exactly what Miller craves -- toughness. Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley instantly give the Cats a great front line to combine with Lyons and a bevy of wing players.