Oregon finally found out a way to get it done without Dominic Artis by sweeping both Washington schools. Most importantly, they get the sweep on the road, which makes their path to the Pac-12 championship much easier.
2. Arizona Wildcats (21-4, 9-4) last: 1
While other teams are improving and adjusting, Arizona appears to be just about the same, without having made any major improvements in their game during the second half of the season. The Wildcats better figure it out soon or they will find themselves in trouble at the end. For now, they are not currently deserving of the number one spot.
3. UCLA Bruins (19-7, 9-4) last: 2
Just when UCLA was getting it together, they get destroyed on the road by Cal. Worst of all, UCLA wasn’t beat by Cal’s stud guards (Cobbs and Crabbe), but by their forwards, who shot 79% from the field.
4. Colorado Buffs (17-8, 7-6) last: 4
Colorado got their revenge against #9 Arizona in convincing fashion, but were then too hungover from the victory to beat Arizona State on their own court. How bad was it? Colorado outrebounded the Devils 40-18 (18-2 on the offensive boards) and still lost.
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (19-7, 8-5) last: 5
Arizona may have Colorado’s number, but a loss to Utah is a loss to Utah.
6. California Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5) last: 6
With a three game winning streak including victories over Arizona and UCLA, this team is clicking at the right time. Cobbs and Crabbe are finally getting help from their teammates and the Golden Bears are making a late case for post season play.
7. USC Trojans (12-14, 7-6) last: 8
USC has won four of their last five games and look like a much more energetic team without O’Neal as their coach.
8. Stanford (15-11, 6-7) last: 7
Stanford has lost three of their last four games, including getting swept at home. At this point, an invite to the NIT is beginning to look like a good gig for the Cardinal.
9. Washington Huskies (14-12, 6-7) last: 9
The Huskies did not do anything unexpected, losing at home to Oregon and beating Oregon State.
10. Utah Utes (11-14, 3-10) last: 10
Utah put up a valiant effort in the second half against Arizona, but fell short. A win over ASU–or any win for that matter for the Utes–is a positive thing, though.
11. Oregon State Beavers (13-13, 3-10) last: 12
Fun fact: The Beavers rank 55th in the nation in points per game, 58th, in rebounds, 44th in assists, and 80th in field goal percentage, but they still suck.
12. Washington State Cougars (11-15, 2-11) last:11
A six game losing streak, including a loss to lowly Oregon State, puts the Cougars at the bottom of this list.