The Bruins are hot right now, giving Arizona something to think about. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Zona Zealot Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings

1. Arizona Wildcats (14-0, 2-0) last: 1

#3 Arizona stays unbeaten after two very close–and lucky–games against Colorado and Utah. Up Next: Oregon and Oregon State.

2. UCLA Bruins (12-3, 2-0) last: 5

UCLA has won 7 in a row, including an impressive overtime win over then #7 Missouri, Cal and Stanford. Led by freshmen, the Bruins’ defense could use some work but their offense is one of the most up tempo in the nation. They will be Arizona’s most dangerous threat. Next Up: Utah and Colorado

3. Oregon Ducks (12-2, 1-0) last: 4

What makes the Oregon Ducks suprisingly good so far this year? Well, having five players who average double digit points per game does not hurt, and though they do not have one player who stands out above the rest, the Ducks are well rounded at all five positions on the court. Watch out, Arizona. Next up: Arizona and Arizona State.

4. Colorado Buffs (10-4, 0-2) last: 2

Losing one game in Arizona is understandable (vs. Arizona), but losing two games in Arizona (vs. Arizona State, 2-19 from three point range) puts the Buffs in an 0-2 hole in the Pac-12 early. Up Next: USC and UCLA

5. California Golden Bears (9-5,1-1) last: 3

Ouch. After losing to Harvard and getting beat down by UCLA, Cal has slowly gone from looking like an NCAA Tournament contender to looking more suitable for the NIT. Their win against USC isn’t anything to write home about. The main problem? The Golden Bears have two fantastic guards and nothing else. Up Next: Washington and Washington State.

6. Arizona State Sun Devils (13-2, 2-0) last: 8

An upset over Colorado puts the Sun Devils in a suprisingly solid position to start off the Pac-12. Jahi Carson is giving Shabazz Muhammad a run for his money for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Believe it or not, but ASU is now in the top 50 RPI. Up Next: Oregon State and Oregon

7. Oregon State Beavers (10-4, 0-1) last: 6

A loss to Towson and Oregon reveals why the Beavers have a good record but nevertheless end up in the bottom half of the Pac-12–weak strength of schedule. We suspect that their Losses will increase from here. Up Next: Arizona State and Arizona.

8. Stanford Cardinal (9-6, 0-2) last: 7

This is not the same team that won the NIT last year. A loss to UCLA was expected, but a loss to USC is embarrassing. The problem: the Cardinal are shooting awful (40%). Up Next: Washington State and Washington. Up Next: Washington State and Washington.

9. Washington Huskies (9-5, 0-1) last: 11

A loss to UConn leaves the Huskies without a solid win in the non-conference season, but maybe a win over rival Washington State will put them back on the right track. Up Next: Cal and Stanford.

10. Utah Utes (8-6,0-2) last:8

Two close losses to Arizona State and Arizona prove that this team is much better than last year. Freshman Jordan Loveridge is a great addition. Losses are losses though. Up Next: UCLA and USC.

11. Washington State Cougars (9-5, 0-1) last:11

A loss to Washington is not a shocker, and neither is the fact that Brock Motum continues to be the only playmaker on this team. Up Next: Stanford and Cal.

12. USC Trojans (6-9, 1-1) last: 12

Yes, the Trojans beat Stanford, but they are still the worst team in the Pac-12, and it will take a lot to change that fact. Up Next: Utah and Colorado.

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