1. Arizona Wildcats (15-1, 3-1) last: 1
#7 Arizona finally suffers their first loss of the season to a good #21 Oregon team on the road. They are still the best team in the conference, though.
2. UCLA Bruins (14-3, 4-0) last: 2
#24 UCLA is on a 9 game winning streak with two close wins against Utah and Colorado. The question everyone is wondering: can the Bruins keep up this pace or will their lack of depth and experience eventually slow them down?
3. Oregon Ducks (14-2, 3-0) last: 3
Oregon is one of the most well-rounded teams in the Pac-12, and their record shows it. A win over UCLA next week will have me convinced that these Ducks are real Pac-12 Championship contenders.
4. Colorado Buffs (11-5, 1-3) last: 4
A win over USC is expected, but a close loss to UCLA at home (where they had another cold showing from the three point line) stings. The Buffs need to get back on track if they want to stay in the NCAA Tournament conversation.
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (15-2, 3-1) last: 6
With a solid win over Oregon State and a close loss to Oregon, Arizona State is making a case for March Madness. A win over rival Arizona this Saturday would put the Devils in very good shape.
6. California Golden Bears (10-6, 2-2) last: 5
Splitting a home series against the Washington schools and putting up less than 50 points to a subpar Washington team is not doing Cal any favors. Teams have figured the Golden Bears out: keep Crabbe and/or Cobb from scoring and the game is yours.
7. Washington Huskies (11-5, 3-0) last: 10
The Huskies are 3-0 in the Pac-12, though their competitions has been subpar so far (Washington State, Cal, Stanford). Their game against Colorado next week should give us some perspective.
8. Stanford (10-7, 1-3) last: 8
At 142nd in the country in scoring and 282nd in shooting percentage, the Cardinal can’t seem to find the basket. When scoring more points than the other team is the objective, this becomes problematic.
9. Oregon State Beavers (10-6, 0-3) last: 7
With a winless record in the Pac-12, we do not see this team making the top half of the conference. The Beavers’ extremely weak non-conference schedule is starting to prove itself in conference play.
10. Utah Utes (8-8,0-4) last:10
I feel for this team. After two close losses to Arizona and UCLA, the Utes could not pull it together against USC. Their record doesn’t show it, but this is a better team than last season.
11. USC Trojans (6-9, 2-2) last: 12
A win over Utah brings the Trojans out of the basement, for now. But the firing Kevin O’Neal proves this team has already given up on the season and are looking at the future.
12. Washington State Cougars (9-7, 0-3) last:11
Three not very close losses to current non-contenders of the Pac-12 (Washington, Stanford, Cal) puts this team at the bottom.