Arizona is 17th in the nation in points per game and 10th in assists. Their game against Clemson on the road next week should be the Wildcats’ first true challenger.
2. California (6-0) last: 2
Crabbe and Cobbs are both averaging over 20 points per game, or more than half of their teams average production. Cal gets their first real challenge against Wisconsin on the road this week.
3. Colorado (5-0) last: 4
Colorado’s numbers aren’t eye catching, but they are getting the job done.
4. Oregon Ducks (5-1) last: 5
Oregon beat #18 UNLV on the road and then lost to a ranked Cincinnati team the next day. Overall, we consider that a success.
5. UCLA (4-2) last: 3
UCLA’s loss to Georgetown? Understandable. Their loss to Cal Poly at home? Not so much.
6. Oregon State Beavers (4-1) last: 8
The Beavers are off to a decent start and have a true challenge this week against #10 Kansas.
7. Stanford (4-3) last: 6
Two more losses to good teams (Missouri, Minnesota) since we last talked, but still two more losses nonetheless. Stanford does not have many more chances to impress the NCAA committee in their non-conference schedule.
8. USC Trojans (3-3) last: 7
Yeah, they beat Texas, but Texas is off to a rough start (See Texas’s loss to Div. II Chaminade). Back to back losses to Marquette and San Diego State don’t bode well for the Trojans, either.
9. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1) last: 10
Feshman point guard Jahii Carson averages 21 points and 5 assists per game, setting up potential consideration for freshmen player of the year.
10. Washington (2-3) last: 9
The former regular season Pac-12 Champions are off to a horrible start. Their last non-conference game against UConn may be their only chance to get a solid non-conference win. Any more losses before the Pac-12 season spells disaster for the Huskies.
11. Utah Utes (4-1) last:12
The Utes are 22nd in the nation in field goal percentage, and though they have a pathetic non-conference schedule, they look like a better team than last year.
12. Washington State Cougars (3-3) last:11
Brock Motum is the Cougars entire team right now. If you read the rules, however, a basketball team requires five players, not one.