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Pac-12 Basketball: Arizona Wildcats narrowly picked to win conference over UCLA

Pac-12 media members believe the Wildcats will win the conference title this season. UA last won the Pac-10 in 2010-2011.

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Media members who cover the Pac-12 have picked the Arizona Wildcats to win the conference in 2012. After a rough campaign last year that saw the team exit early in the NIT, the 'Cats reloaded their roster with a highly-touted recruiting class and the transfer of Xavier guard Mark Lyons. They begin the season ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll.

UA received 15 of 46 first-place votes. UCLA received one more with 16. The California Golden Bears received two votes and the Washington Huskies received three.

Arizona, UCLA and California made up the top three spots. Stanford was fourth despite not receiving any first place votes, and Washington was fifth. Colorado, who won the conference tournament last season, was picked sixth. Oregon and Oregon State were No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. The USC Trojans are ninth. Washington State, Arizona State and Utah rounded out the standings.

Here is a full look at how the voting shook out, courtesy of the Pac-12.

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