Stan­ford No. 5, Cal picked 11th in Pac-12 men’s poll

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By Jeff Fa­raudo Cor­re­spon­dent Staff and wires con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Ari­zona is the near-unan­i­mous pick to win the Pac12 Con­fer­ence­men’s bas­ket­ball ti­tle, ac­cord­ing to ame­dia poll re­leased Thurs­day by the con­fer­ence.

The Wild­cats, named at the league’s fa­vorite for the 15th time since 1989- 90, were tabbed first on 22 of 23 bal­lots in the an­nual poll.

Stan­ford was pro­jected to fin­ish fifth, Cal 11th.

Ari­zona is one of the pre­sea­son fa­vorites to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship, based on the re­turn of three starters along with a top­five re­cruit­ing class. The Wild­cats shared the 201617 Pac-12 reg­u­lar- sea­son crown and won the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment.

USC, which re­turns ev­ery­one from a team that won a school- record 26 games a year ago, was picked sec­ond — its high­est spot ever in the poll. The Tro­jans re­ceived the re­main­ing first-place vote.

UCLA, with two dou­ble- digit scor­ers back and two Mc­Don­ald’s All-Amer­i­cans added to the ros­ter, was picked third. Ore­gon, miss­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one from the team that ad­vanced to the 2017 Fi­nal Four, is fourth.

Sec­ond- year Stan­ford coach Jerod Haase’s squad re­turns four starters, in­clud­ing all-Pac-12 for­ward Reid Travis.

First-year Cal coachWyk­ing Jones faces a re­build­ing job af­ter the exit of­much of the ros­ter, led by Ivan Rabb, who de­parted for the NBA af­ter his sopho­more sea­son.

The sixth through 10th spots in the poll went to Ari­zona State, Utah, Ore­gon State, Colorado and Wash­ing­ton. Ore­gon State was picked last.


USF, SANTA CLARA CAN­CEL MATCHES » USF, in con­junc­tion with the West Coast Con­fer­ence, has de­cided to can­cel this week­end’s home men’s and women’s soc­cer con­tests against Pa­cific and BYU.

• Santa Clara’s men’s match Fri­day with Saint Mary’s and the women’s Satur­day match with San Diego have been can­celed.

CAL 2, ORE­GON STATE 0 » Sam Eb­stein and Si­mon Lekress­ner scored to lead the Bears (8-3- 0, 3-1- 0 Pac12). Jose Car­rera- Gar­cia as­sisted on both goals, and Drake Cal­len­der recorded his fifth shutout this sea­son with five saves and moved his record to 7-3.

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