With the Pac-12 college basketball season tipping off this weekend, it is only appropriate to reveal our power rankings to kick things off. As I deem my fellow writer Nick Mueller extremely competent in these kinds of things, we will base our Power Rankings off of his predictions earlier this month:
Arizona is the deepest team in the Pac-12 and has one the best recruiting classes in the nation. They will carry the Pac-12 trophy for the second time in Sean Miller’s four seasons in Tucson.
UCLA did equally well with recruiting and landed arguably the best recruit in the nation in Shabazz Muhammad. With the return of the Wear twins, this team will create all kinds of matchup problems and challenge Arizona for the Pac-12 crown. At the moment, however, the NCAA is looking into recruiting violations. If Muhammad can’t play, UCLA will be out of the hunt.
With the return of Allen Crabbe and under the helm of one of the best coaches in the nation, California’s veteran leadership and insane backcourt will make things interesting for Arizona and UCLA.
The biggest surprise of the Pac-12 last season, the Colorado Buffaloes will remain in the better half of the conference. For the Buffs, anything is possible with the return of future NBA draft pick Andre Roberson.
With four returning starters from last year’s NIT championship team, Stanford will upgrade itself into the NCAA tournament.
Last year’s Pac-12 Champs got where they did last year due to exceptional talent. The problem for the Huskies is the exceptional talent is now playing in the NBA. Do not overlook Washington, however. They still have talent.
7. Oregon Ducks
8. USC Trojans
9. Oregon State Beavers
10. Washington State Cougars
11. Arizona State Sun Devils
12. Utah Utes