After Arizona’s loss to UCLA, Oregon makes a strong case that #8 Arizona should be dethroned, and Oregon would be #1 if we kept national implications out of this. We don’t keep the national picture out, however, and the Wildcats have a stronger resume for the NCAA Tournament.
2. Oregon Ducks (18-2, 7-0) last: 2
Oregon remains unbeaten in the Pac and took care of business at home with a sweep over the Washington schools. If Oregon can handle the Bay Area this week on the road, they will be in incredible shape.
3. UCLA Bruins (16-5, 6-2) last: 3
Though splitting the series on the road against Arizona and ASU was probably expected, it was not expected that the win would come convincingly against Arizona and the loss embarrassingly against ASU–a clear illustration of UCLA’s youth. The Sun Devils outrebounded the Bruins 49-29. Ouch!
4. Colorado Buffs (14-6, 4-4) last: 4
The Buffs desperately needed a sweep of the Bay Area schools at home and they got it without any trouble. Against Stanford, Andre Roberson had 20 rebounds, 9 less than Stanford’s entire team…
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2) last: 5
With a dominating win over UCLA, Arizona State is standing on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament conversation.
6. Stanford (12-8, 3-4) last: 7
Losing to Colorado and beating Utah still leaves Stanford without a quality win this year. Their main problem: shooting the ball, which is sort of important (they rank 299th nationally in shooting percentage). Things won’t get any easier either, as the Cardinal faces Oregon this week.
7. Washington Huskies (12-8, 4-3) last: 6
Getting beat by Oregon on the road is ok, but getting beat by Oregon State–arguably the worst team in the Pac-12–is a step in the wrong direction. The Huskies are the weirdest and most inconsistent team in the Pac.
8. California Golden Bears (11-8, 3-4) last: 8
Like their Bay Area rival, Cal losing to Colorado + beating Utah = expected and unimpressive.
9. Utah Utes (9-11, 1-7) last: 9
After beating Washington, Utah could not pull off a win on their own home court to either Stanford or Cal, two subpar basketball programs.
10. USC Trojans (8-13, 3-5) last: 11
A heartbreaking OT loss to Arizona State and a demolishing loss to an angry Arizona team sends the Trojans off to face UCLA this week at Pauley Pavilion without much hope.
11. Washington State Cougars (11-9, 2-5) last:11
Beating Oregon State keeps the Cougars out of the dog house.
12. Oregon State Beavers (11-9, 1-6) last: 12
The Beavers got their first win of the season against the unpredictable Washington Huskies. They will need to win more to get out of the bottom.