UCLA was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Media Poll, it was announced at Pac-12 Media Day on Thursday.
Despite being picked to finish second, the Bruins received 16 first place votes --the most in the conference-- which is one more than Arizona, who was picked to finish first.
The Bruins finished fifth in the conference last season with an 11-7 record in Pac-12 play.
This comes on the heels of the announcement freshman guard Kyle Anderson has been cleared to play by the NCAA, making him eligible for the Bruins season opener at the new Pauley Pavilion a week from Friday.
Howland continued to express the school is cooperating with the NCAA and remains "very optimistic" freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad's situation will be resolved as well. There is still no timetable for the NCAA to rule on Muhammad.
The announcement gives some relief for Howland in knowing Anderson will be in the lineup. The 6'8" freshman from New Jersey has been heralded for his court vision and playmaking ...