Cal men’s basketball team picked to finish third in Pac-12

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SAN FRANCISCO — After losing two starters from its second-place squad last year, the Cal men’s basketball team is picked to finish third in the Pac-12, according to the media poll.

Arizona is projected to win the league title, edging out UCLA by a point, though the Bruins have one more first-place vote. The Bears, with three first-place votes, sit solidly in third place

Stanford, the reigning NIT title winner, is picked to finish fourth. Washington, last year’s Pac-12 regular season champion, has two first-place votes but is in fifth place. The reigning Pac-12 Tournament champion Colorado, the only Pac-12 team to make the NCAA Tournament last year other than Cal, sits in sixth place.

2012-13 Pac-12 Media Poll:

Team                                             Pts.
1. Arizona (15)                              403
2. UCLA (16)                                 402
3. California (3)                            325
4. Stanford                                     296
5. Washington (2)                       278
6. Colorado                                     262
7. Oregon                                        217
8. Oregon State                             166
9. USC                                              163
10. Washington State                  111
11. Arizona State                           107
12. Utah                                            78

First place votes in parentheses

Jonathan Kuperberg covers men’s basketball. Contact him at [email protected]