A sweep on the road against Washington and Washington State put the #7 Wildcats back in the hunt for the Pac-12 crown, especially after some top teams from the Pac suffered very bad losses. A sweep over Stanford and Cal at home and an Oregon loss to Colorado this week would put Arizona in sole possession of first place.
2. Oregon Ducks (18-4, 7-2) last: 2
Oregon is missing its point guard and missing him badly. Without Dominic Artis, the #19 Ducks have now dropped back to back games to Stanford (which was hard to watch) and Cal. Their game against Colorado this week will not be easy, either.
3. UCLA Bruins (16-6, 6-3) last: 3
The night Pauley Pavilion retires Reggie Miller’s jersey becomes the same night UCLA comes up short against USC? Really? Since beating Arizona, the Bruins have suffered embarrassing losses to ASU and USC, and their youth now seems apparent. UCLA better get their wheels back on the wagon before facing Washington this week or they could be in some trouble.
4. Arizona State Sun Devils (17-5, 6-3) last: 5
Arizona State did what was expected of them, beating Washington State and losing to Washington on the road. Due to Colorado’s loss to the Utes, however, the Sun Devils get a bump.
5. Colorado Buffs (14-7, 4-5) last: 4
Colorado still has one of the best RPIs in the country, but their struggle in the Pac is becoming problematic if the Buffs plan on playing in the Big Dance and not the NIT. Their lack of assists (315th in the nation) might be part of the problem, and a loss to Utah is never a good thing.
6. Stanford (14-8, 5-4) last: 6
Stanford still has a lot of work to do, but getting their first sweep of the Pac-12 season over Oregon and Oregon State is a good start. The Cardinal’s especailly dominating win over the Ducks give Stanford their first good win of the season, and an upset over Arizona on the road this week would be a solid resume builder.
7. Washington Huskies (13-9, 5-4) last: 7
The Huskies suffered a four game skid before finally taking care of ASU last weekend. A road game against a pissed off UCLA team might restart the losing process for Washington, though.
8. California Golden Bears (13-8, 5-4) last: 8
Like Stanford, California’s sweep of the Oregon schools is a step in the right direction, but we do not expect this to become an ongoing trend for the Golden Bears.
9. Utah Utes (10-11, 2-7) last: 9
Is Utah’s victory over Colorado a good thing? Of course. Is it good enough for the Utes to move up in the power rankings? Not so much.
10. USC Trojans (8-13, 4-5) last: 10
Maybe the Trojans deserve to get a bump after defeating UCLA at home, but we can’t punish Utah after a very rare and solid victory. Better luck next week, USC.
11. Washington State Cougars (11-11, 2-7) last:11
Getting swept at home by the Arizona schools is not that suprising. It is not a good thing for a basketball team when it only has one consistent player.
12. Oregon State Beavers (11-11, 1-8) last: 12
The Beavers get swept for the third time in four Pac-12 series (including a loss to Oregon). Ouch.