1. Arizona Wildcats (11-0) last: 1
#3 Arizona has so far put on a clinic in the Diamond Head Classic, knocking off a good Miami team without any trouble whatsoever. I win over #17 San Diego State today would seal an undefeated non-conference season for the Wildcats
2. Colorado Buffs (9-2) last: 2
A win over NAU likely put the Buffs at 10-2 going into the Pac-12 season and in good shape overall.
3. California Golden Bears (8-3) last: 4
Cal will likely go 9-3 heading into the Pac-12. One extra win over a ranked opponent would have been ideal, but not completely necessary to keep the Bears in the tournament hunt. Cal is in decent shape.
4. Oregon Ducks (10-2) last: 3
Oregon was surprising everyone until they lost to UTEP in overtime. That knocks them out of the top 50 RPI and now requires them to have a pretty impressive Pac-12 season.
5. UCLA Bruins (9-3) last: 6
The Bruins are 19th in the nation in points per game, 35th in rebounds, 6th in assists and 22nd in field goal percentage. A win over #7 Missouri later this week would put UCLA in pretty good shape.
6. Oregon State Beavers (9-2) last: 5
Yes, the Beavers are 9-2, but their non-conference schedule is one of the worst in the conference. We have a feeling they will begin to drop when they start conference play.
7. Stanford Cardinal (8-4) last: 7
Stanford had one of the stronger strengths of schedule in the conference, but they were unable to beat any of their strong opponents. Hopefully for the Cardinal, their SOS will prepare them for a solid performance during the second half of the season.
8. Arizona State Sun Devils (10-2) last: 9
Arizona State is another one of those teams that have a good record off of a crummy schedule. The conference will determine what kind of team this really is.
9. Utah Utes (7-4) last:8
We can’t punish the Utes too much for a close loss to a good Cal State Northridge team, but we can punish them a little bit.
10. Washington State Cougars (8-4) last:10
A win over the Buffalo Bulls does nothing to help the Cougars.
11. Washington (8-4) last: 11
Two more wins over subpar teams does not help the Huskies either, but a win over the other (UConn) Huskies will, and Washington needs it badly before heading into conference play.
12. USC Trojans (4-8) last: 12
Two more losses have sealed the Trojans’ spot at the bottom of the conference. With the only losing record in the conference, we do not see a bright future for USC this season. Early prediction: Coach O’Neal’s time is up.