Yes, Arizona dropped a game at home to a subpar California team, but they are still 20-3, a top 10 basketball team, a top 10 RPI team and tied for first in the Pac-12. They stay put.
2. UCLA Bruins (18-6, 8-3) last: 3
After awful losses to Arizona State and USC, the Bruins have gotten it back together with a sweep at home over the Washington schools. A sweep on the road against the Bay Area schools this week could put UCLA on top, as Arizona and Oregon have tough games this week (@Colorado and @Washington).
3. Oregon Ducks (19-5, 8-3) last: 2
We predicted Oregon would have a tough time with Colorado, and the loss proves it. The Ducks did, however, break their three game losing streak with a win against Utah without their point guard Dominic Artis. With Artis doubtful this week against Washington and Washington State on the road, we predict a tough loss to Washington and quite possibly a sweep.
4. Colorado Buffs (16-7, 6-5) last: 5
It wasn’t pretty, but a sweep on the road against Oregon and Oregon State puts Colorado back in business, and they will be hungry for redemption against Arizona at home this Thursday.
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (18-6, 7-4) last: 4
For Arizona State to have a chance for an NCAA bid, they needed to get the sweep at home this week against Stanford and Cal. A loss to Stanford pretty much does it for the Devils, who still have @Colorado, vs. Washington, @ UCLA and @Arizona on their remaining schedule. Ouch.
6. California Golden Bears (14-9, 6-5) last: 8
California is probably content on splitting the series on the road against the Arizona schools, especially considering that their win comes against then #7 Arizona. The Bears won’t lose many games when their superstar Allen Crabbe goes for 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
7. Stanford (15-9, 6-5) last: 6
Stanford does the expected and splits the series against the Arizona schools in the order you would think they would.
8. USC Trojans (8-13, 4-5) last: 10
The Trojans are 4-3 since firing Kevin O’Neil and looking like a respectable ball club.
9. Washington Huskies (13-11, 5-6) last: 7
A devastating buzzer beating loss to the Bruins and an embarrassing loss to USC (13 turnovers and 4-14 from the free throw line) sends the Huskies in the wrong direction. This team is simply lost and without any identity this year.
10. Utah Utes (10-13, 2-9) last: 9
Utah had a chance to split the series against Oregon and Oregon State (anyone in the Pac has a chance to beat Oregon State), but they lose in convincing fashion to both schools. And there are about 10 fans in this country who care.
11. Washington State Cougars (11-13, 2-9) last:11
A four game losing streak is never a good thing. A battle for the basement against Oregon State this week awaits.
12. Oregon State Beavers (12-12, 2-9) last: 12
The Beavers beat Utah at home. This and five bucks will get them a cup of coffee at Starbucks.