2012-13 Pac-12 Power Rankings

Arizona holds down the preseason No. 1 spot, but UCLA is rising

Updated: July 17, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN Insider
MillerKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesQuality teams have been the norm for Sean Miller, and it looks like he could have another one at Arizona.

On Monday, Insider began its conference Power Rankings series for the upcoming season with a look at the pecking order in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Today, we'll tackle the Pac-12.

1. Arizona Wildcats
The Cats fell into Mark Lyons, who graduated from Xavier with a year of eligibility left, and it makes them national title contenders this season. It's not that Lyons is great -- he isn't -- but he knows Sean Miller from playing for him before and is a sound ball handler at the point. He also has exactly what Miller craves -- toughness. Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley instantly give the Cats a great front line to combine with Lyons and a bevy of wing players.