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The Arizona Wildcats, Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins appear to be the main contenders for the Pac-12 basketball crown.
Oregon appears to be establishing themselves as the early favorite to win the Pac-12, but which team in the conference do you think will actually be the best at the end of the regular season?
Parker Baruh, Ralphie Report - At the beginning of the season, Arizona was the best team in the Pac-12, and nothing will be different at the end of the season. Oregon might win the conference, but the Wildcats are still the better team. They have senior leadership with Kevin Parrom, Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons; and, their trio of freshmen big men cannot be matched by any team in the conference. Sean Miller is arguably the best coach in the conference and as long as he's there, the Wildcats will be the best team at the end of the regular season and will be playing in late March and possibly early April.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes - It is hard to say it since they have been so disappointing in recent seasons and inconsistent, but I will go with UCLA. I think they simply have the most talent and it is generally simply the most talented team that ends up winning it in the end.
NorcalNick, California Golden Blogs: Barring some truly surprising results, my answer now is the same answer I gave when conference play began and when conference play ends. Arizona is the best team in the conference, and just because Oregon has the luxury of not having to visit McHale doesn't change that. Even if Oregon wins the regular season title, I suspect that the national polls and selection committee will regard Arizona as more impressive.
Andy Wooldridge, Building The Dam: Right now, I have to go with Arizona. I actually think when Oregon plays at or near their best, they are and will be the best, but I also think the Ducks may be more susceptible to a bad night on a wide-spread basis more than the ‘Cats.
Jack Blanchat, Rule of Tree: I also have to go with Arizona in this case. Oregon has certainly established themselves as a team that can make the NCAA tournament, but Arizona's total resume and talent at this point still has me believing that they'll win the conference, with UCLA close behind.
Adam Butler, Pac Hoops: By season's end, I see Arizona triumphantly standing atop the conference. They're a team that's spent the majority of the season jelling and finding roles and it's starting to come together. I can't see them stumbling much the rest of the way where I could perhaps see the the Ducks dropping a few. That said, Oregon does control its own destiny as they've beat both UCLA and Arizona and do not have to play either one again.