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Pac 12 Power Rankings – Men’s Basketball

Pac 12 Power Rankings – Men’s Basketball

January 15, 2019

Week 1

Here’s how the conference shakes out after the first weekend of conference play.

  1. Arizona State (10-4, 1-1)

ASU is the class of the Pac. Punctuated with an 80-76 win over then top-ranked Kansas, the Sun Devils are the best squad in the conference when they play up to their potential.

  1. Arizona (11-4, 2-0)

Arizona has a great shot at a Pac-12 crown. With several long win streaks and two quick wins in conference play, the Wildcats are a dangerous team in the Pac.

  1. UCLA (9-6, 2-0)

Despite a long four game skid in December, the Bruins started conference play 2-0. Look for this Bruins team to stay frisky in the Conference of Champions.

  1. USC (9-6, 2-0)

The Trojans of South California started December 0-4, but the bunch bounced back, cruising to four straight victories as conference play commences. The Trojans likely won’t be players in the NCAA Tourney but in a weak Pac-12, they have a chance to earn a top four seat in the conference tournament.

  1. Washington (10-4, 1-0)

The Huskies are a sleeper team to win the Pac-12. Outside of an 88-66 throttling by Auburn, UW hung tough with teams in Minnesota, (10) Virginia Tech and (7) Gonzaga. This team has a chance to make noise in the conference.

  1. Oregon State (9-4, 1-0)

The Beavers represent a sharp fall-off in the conference. Although OSU has only four losses, the team has no marquee wins and will likely fall off sharply as conference play continues.

  1. Oregon (9-5, 0-1)

The Ducks are a very similar team to the Beavers. A tight loss in the Civil War drops Oregon below Oregon State.

  1. Colorado (9-5, 0-1)

Colorado’s 9-5 record hides the weaknesses in this team. A weak non-conference schedule led the Buffs to an impressive record, but after being blown out by ASU, expect this team to fall off quickly.

  1. Stanford (7-7, 0-2)

Stanford leads a group of four teams who are in the midst of lost seasons. The Cardinal cannot find success this season, and their 7-7 record is riddled with bad losses. However, a tight loss to the then No. 1 ranked Kansas should give Stanford fans a glimmer of hope.

  1. Utah (7-7, 1-1)

A stunning 96-86 win should not distract from the shortcomings of this Utah team. The Utes need to turn things around quickly if they want to keep their season alive.

  1. Washington State (7-7, 0-1)

What more can be said about the Ernie Kent led Cougars? WSU is only 14 games into their season and fans are already looking forward to football season.

  1. Cal (5-9, 0-2)

Cal has separated themselves in the worst possible way. The Golden Bears are on their way to another 12th place finish in the conference.

Week 2

1. Arizona (Last week: 2)

  1. An undefeated week raised the Wildcats to the top spot in the conference over their in-state rivals. Arizona took care of business this week, punishing the Golden Bears and sneaking by the Stanford Cardinal.

2. Arizona State (Last week: 1)

  1. The Sun Devils faltered last week, taking care of cellar dweller Cal before getting blown out by Stanford. Time will tell if this is a bump in the road for the title contenders, or if this is a sign of things to come.

3. Oregon State (Last week: 6)

  1. OSU won marquee last week, knocking off USC 79-74 in overtime in Corvallis. The Beavers host UCLA before heading to the desert to face the Arizona schools.

4. Washington (Last week: 4)

  1. The Huskies kept their conference record perfect, knocking off Colorado and Utah in their annual Rocky Mountain road trip. UW returns home to Seattle to face Stanford and Cal this week.

5. UCLA (Last week: 3)

  1. The Bruins went 1-1 this week, falling to the Beavers after defeating the Ducks in overtime. The loss to the Beavers is problematic and it’s left Bruins fans to hope the loss is just a bump in the road.

6. Oregon (Last week: 7)

  1. The Ducks picked up their first conference win with a resounding victory  over USC, after falling in overtime to the Bruins. Oregon has potential but is situated firmly in the center of the muddled Pac-12.

7. USC (Last week: 4)

  1. A 1-2 week for the Trojans hurt their ranking when they fell to the Beavers. This came after they won over a poor Stanford team but lost badly to the Ducks. USC will have its hands full, as they host UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State for their next three contests.

8.Stanford (Last week: 9)

  1. A quality win over Arizona State moved the Sun Devils up a spot despite a 1-2 week. This Cardinal team has the talent to be a league average team, but they’ve experienced issues in their consistency.

9.Colorado (Last week: 8)

  1. Colorado split a pair of home games against the Washington schools, defeating the Cougars before falling to the Huskies. 

10. Utah (Last week: 10)

  1. Utah also split a pair of home games, as they saw a win over WSU but lost to UW. The Utes host Colorado to kick off the next week of action.

11. WSU (Last week: 11)

  1. Another winless week leaves WSU faithful scratching their heads. Only the disaster of a season Cal is having can keep the Cougars out of the cellar.

12. Cal (Last week: 12)

  1. Cal falls to 0-4 in conference play and a putrid 5-11 record overall with a pair of losses at home. The Golden Bears have shown no sign of life in this 2018-19 season.

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings – Week 3

  1. Washington (Last: 4)


After handling Stanford and Cal, UW is the last remaining Pac-12 school without a conference loss, resulting in the top spot in this week’s power ranking. However, a trip to Eugene and Corvallis could change that this week.


  1. Arizona (Last: 1)


A loss to Oregon sank U of A, last week’s top squad. The Wildcats did beat the Beavers to stay in the upper echelon of the conference. Arizona faces USC and UCLA this week in a crucial road trip.


  1. Arizona State (Last: 2)


An undefeated week over Oregon and Oregon State kept the Sun Devils in the top three of the rankings. ASU heads to California to take on UCLA next week.


  1. Oregon State (Last: 3)


An 0-2 road trip in Arizona dropped the Beavers to No. 4. OSU will have to pick up the pieces quickly, as they host WSU and UW this week.


  1. UCLA (Last: 5)


UCLA fell to the Trojans last week in their only contest. The Bruins will face the two Arizona schools at home this week.


  1. USC (Last: 7)


USC defeated cross-town rival UCLA in their only game last week. The Trojans face their toughest home stand of the season this week, hosting Arizona and Arizona State.


  1. Utah (Last: 10)


Utah defeated Colorado in their only contest last week. The Utes head to the Bay Area next week to face Stanford and Cal, a road trip that could gain them some ground in the conference standings.


  1. Oregon (Last: 6)


The Ducks split a tough road trip in the desert, knocking off Arizona before falling to the Sun Devils. A true top team, Oregon needs to be on their A-game this week when they host the Huskies and the Cougars.


  1. Stanford (Last: 8)


Stanford split the Northwest road trip, falling to UW before walking over WSU. Stanford hosts the Mountain squads next week.


  1. Colorado (Last: 9)


The Buffs fell to Utah in their only game last week. A pivotal Bay Area road trip awaits this week.


  1. WSU (Last: 11)


The Cougars secured their first conference win of the season, comfortably defeating Cal before falling to the Stanford Cardinal. WSU heads to Oregon for a pair of tough road contests this week.


  1. Cal (Last: 12)


After an 0-2 Washington swing, Cal sits at 0-6 in conference play this season. The Golden Bears will search for their first conference win this week as they host Colorado and Utah.

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Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings – Week 4




Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings – Week 4

WSU remains No. 11 for third week, Huskies bypass Oregon teams to secure No. 1 rank

  1. Washington (Last: 1)


Washington continues to prove they are the class of the Pac-12, handling Oregon and Oregon State on last week’s road trip.  The Huskies face off against second-ranked USC next week before heading across LA to play UCLA.


  1. USC (Last: 6)


USC catapulted from sixth to second this week, the largest jump this season, by taking care of Arizona and Arizona State at home. The Trojans face a difficult test on Thursday when they host Washington before they take a breather and play WSU.


  1. Utah (Last: 7)


Utah beat up two teams in the bottom of the league, sweeping aside Cal and Stanford in their Bay Area swing. Utah has a great chance to pick up two more league wins next week, as they host the Oregon teams.


  1. Arizona State (Last: 3)


The Sun Devils stood pat this week after finishing 1-1, falling to the surging USC and pulling away from UCLA. Arizona State will take on the Wildcats starting Thursday


  1. Arizona (Last: 2)


Arizona fell hard this week, getting swept away by UCLA and USC, falling three spots in the rankings, the largest drop this season. U of A faces a tough test next week in their rivalry game with Arizona State.


  1. Oregon State (Last: 4)


An unimpressive win over WSU and a loss to UW dropped the Beavs down the list. A tough Mountain swing is on the docket next for OSU.


  1. UCLA (Last: 5)


The Bruins split with the Arizona schools last week, falling to ASU and defeating U of A. UCLA takes their Northwest swing next week to play the Washington squads.


  1. Oregon (Last: 8)


The Ducks failed to make a statement last week, falling to UW and defeating the Cougs. Road trips to Colorado and Utah are up next for Oregon.


  1. Stanford (Last: 9)


A home split to Utah and Colorado left the Cardinal at No. 9. Stanford plays Cal next Sunday.


  1. Colorado (Last: 10)


A win over bottom-ranked Cal and a loss to meddling Stanford kept the Buffs firmly in the 10-spot. Colorado hosts Oregon and Oregon State in a tough home stand next week.


  1. WSU (Last: 11)


The Cougs had another horrible week, kicked off with a 90-77 defeat to OSU and capped with a 78-58 loss to the Ducks, a game that featured a 43-19 second-half score. WSU, now 1-6 in conference play, continues to waste away in what are hopefully the final days of the Ernie Kent era. WSU hosts the Los Angeles teams next week.


  1. Cal (Last: 12)


After whippings at the hands of Utah and Colorado, Cal still searches for their first conference win. The Golden Bears will continue their search for a win with a rivalry game against Stanford this Sunday.



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Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings — Week 6




Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings — Week 6

1. Washington (Last: 1)

A perfect 10-0 start to conference play for the Huskies (19-5, 10-1) ended with a 75-63 loss to Arizona State on Saturday. UW has a chance to get back on track when they cross the Cascades to play red-hot WSU.

2. Arizona State (Last: 2)

Despite a stunning home loss to WSU, the Sun Devils (16-7, 7-4) picked up a win over UW to keep them at second in the power rankings. The Pac-12 might have two March Madness qualifying teams if ASU can consistently deliver.

3. Oregon State (Last: 3)

The Beavers (15-8, 7-4) split their contests with the Bay Area teams this weekend, falling to the Cardinal on Thursday before defeating the Golden Bears on Saturday. The tests get tougher next week, when the Beavers face arch rival Oregon.

4. Utah (Last: 7)

Two wins in Los Angeles, coupled with disastrous weekends for some of the conference’s top teams, catapult the Utes (13-10, 7-4) into the top four. Utah will face a pair of tough tests next week when they host Arizona and Arizona State.

5. Oregon (Last: 8)

The Ducks (15-9, 6-5) soared to the fifth spot in the power rankings with wins over meddling Stanford and Cal. Oregon renews its rivalry with the Beavers this week.

6. USC (Last: 4)

The Trojans (13-11, 6-5) stumbled in a big way, dropping home contests to both Colorado and Utah. A humbled USC side will face Cal and Stanford in the Bay Area this week.

7. Colorado (Last: 10)

The Buffs (14-9, 5-6) continued their up and down season with two wins in Los Angeles. Colorado will welcome the Wildcats and the Sun Devils to Boulder this week.

8. Arizona (Last: 5)

Losses to WSU and UW in the same week should’ve torpedoed the Wildcats (14-10, 5-6), but the lack of quality teams in the conference made it very hard to justify burying them. Arizona must pick up the pieces if they want any chance of besting Utah and Colorado on the road.

9. Stanford (Last: 9)

Despite a 1-1 week against Oregon State and Oregon, the Cardinal (12-11, 5-6) look to make moves next week when they face the LA schools fresh off a 0-4 weekend.

10. UCLA (Last: 6)

Colorado and Utah swept UCLA (12-12, 5-6) and only added to the misery in the City of Angels. The Bruins head north to face Cal and Stanford this week.

11. WSU (Last: 11)

The Cougars (10-14, 3-8) are your 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions. Well, not really, but they did sweep the Arizona schools on the road by double digits, a feat last accomplished by the 1995 National Champion UCLA Bruins. Hey, crazier things have happened. WSU continues its quest for a national title by hosting the Huskies this week in Beasley Coliseum.

12. Cal (Last: 12)

Cal is the only constant in this conference. Sitting at an unbelievable 5-18 after two losses in Oregon, Cal very well might finish the year without a conference win. The Golden Bears will look for signs of life when they play UCLA and USC this week.

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Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings — Week 7




Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings — Week 7

Stanford jumps up three spots after weekend sweep of Los Angeles teams, WSU stays at No. 11 after home loss

  1. Washington (Last: 1)

The Huskies (20-5, 11-1) survived a tough road game in Pullman on Saturday night to remain at the top of the rankings for the fourth straight week. UW will host Utah and Colorado this week in hopes of improving its conference record.

  1. Arizona State (Last: 2)

The Sun Devils (17-8, 8-5) stumbled to the Buffs on Wednesday in Boulder before rebounding with a win Saturday in Salt Lake City. A homestand against the Bay Area teams will give ASU a chance to regain the top spot in the conference.

  1. Oregon State (Last: 3)

A dominant home win over the Ducks on Saturday clinched the Beavers’ (16-8, 8-4) first season sweep of the Civil War in nine years. Currently sitting second in the Pac-12 standings, OSU has a chance to sneak into the NCAA Tournament even if they don’t get the conference’s automatic bid.

  1. Utah (Last: 4)

A split road trip saw the Utes (14-11, 8-5) stand pact in the power rankings. While a loss to the Sun Devils is not a terrible result, losses of any kind jeopardize Utah’s postseason hopes. A trip to Seattle and Pullman this week will be a tough ask for this squad.

  1. Colorado (Last: 7)

The Buffs (16-9, 7-6) soar in this week’s rankings after they swept the Arizona schools in the desert, the second time a team has escaped the state with two wins in the last two weeks. The Buffs sit a game out of the final bye for the Pac-12 Tournament and have a chance to make up ground when they travel to UW and WSU this week.

  1. Stanford (Last: 9)

Another big mover, Stanford (14-11, 7-6) sits at the sixth spot after home wins over USC and UCLA. Stanford hopes to be the third team in as many weeks to sweep the Arizona schools on the road this week.

  1. Oregon (Last: 5)

Oregon (15-10, 6-6) is in its darkest of times after being swept aside in the Civil War, falling to eighth in the Pac-12 standings and watching rival OSU climb to second in the conference. The Ducks look to pick up the pieces with a road trip to Los Angeles.

  1. USC (Last: 6)

The Trojans (14-12, 7-6) had another subpar week, falling to the Cardinal before collecting an automatic win at the Golden Bears. USC’s record leaves fans without much hope, and the road only gets tougher with a trip to Oregon this week.

  1. Arizona (Last: 8)

What a fall from grace for the Wildcats (14-12, 5-8). A team that sat in the top spot in week two of these rankings has now found themselves in the bottom third of the worst Power 5 Conference in NCAA basketball. A crucial homestand featuring Cal and Stanford awaits the reeling Cats.

  1. UCLA (Last: 10)

The Bruins (13-13, 6-7) dropped a game to Stanford and collected a win from Cal over the weekend. The mighty Bruins are in danger of finishing conference play under .500 for the second time since Utah and Colorado joined the conference. Home games with Oregon and Oregon State this week likely won’t help the cause.

  1. WSU (Last: 11)

A heartbreaking 72-70 loss to the Dawgs disappointed an impressive crowd in Beasley Coliseum on Saturday night. The Cougs (10-15, 3-9) have a chance to collect their fourth and fifth conference wins against Utah and Colorado this week.

  1. Cal (Last: 12)

An overtime loss to UCLA last Wednesday might be the closest thing the Golden Bears (5-20, 0-13) get to a conference win this season. Cal has already lost its fourth most conference games in program history and is in serious danger of besting its school-record 16 conference losses from a year ago.

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Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings – Week 8




Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings – Week 8

Arizona jumps to No. 6 while Stanford falls to No. 8, Huskies continue dominating atop as WSU still sits at No. 11

1. No. 25 Washington (Last: 1)

The injustice ends as UW reenters the AP Top-25 poll at No. 25 after defeating Utah and Colorado, claiming at least a share of the Pac-12 regular season crown. The Dawgs play Cal and Stanford this week, looking for conference wins 14 and 15.

2. Arizona State (Last: 2)

The Sun Devils took care of business at home, vanquishing the Golden Bears and the Cardinal. The current two seed, ASU sits two games clear of the five seed and could clinch a first-round bye with a road sweep in Oregon.

3. Oregon State (Last: 3)

The Beavers dropped a rare road game in Pauley Pavilion before rebounding and beating the Trojans. OSU is the third seed in the conference as things stand now, a half-game clear of the fourth seed and a game and a half clear of the fifth seed. The Beavs host the Wildcats and the Sun Devils next week and can lock up a first-round bye with a weekend sweep.

4. Utah (Last: 4)

A Washington split for the Runnin’ Utes (yes, according to their media guide they’re known as the Runnin’ Utes…) was enough to hold pat in these rankings. Utah currently holds the final four and will need to pick up a win in Colorado to secure their spot.

5. Colorado (Last: 5)

Despite being swept in the Evergreen State, the Buffs hold onto their spot in the rankings. Colorado finishes their season with three home games, hosting Utah this week before finishing the season with the LA schools.

6. Arizona (Last: 9)

A week of freebies, the Wildcats feasted on the Golden Bears and Cardinal on their way to collecting their seventh conference win. Arizona, like the top-ten teams in the conference is still alive for a first-round bye but a road series in Oregon will likely hamper their chase for a better seed.

7. UCLA (Last: 10)

An excellent week with wins over the Ducks and Beavers boosted the Bruins to the seventh spot in the rankings. The current fifth seed, UCLA will play Cal in the first round if current seeds hold. UCLA hosts USC in Pauley Pavilion this weekend.

8. Stanford (Last: 6)

An 0-2 road trip tempered any cautious optimism surrounding the Cardinal. Stanford is firmly in the middle of the muddled mess, that is the third through ninth seeds, in the Pac-12. Visiting Washington and WSU should put the team back in their place.

9. USC (Last: 8)

The Trojans knocked off the free-falling Ducks last weekend but fell to conference-elite Oregon State. USC sits only a game out of a first-round bye in the conference tourney but will have to make up that ground on the road, as they have played their final game in the Galen Center.

10. Oregon (Last: 7)

A teetering Oregon squad had a disaster of a weekend, dropping two road contests in Los Angeles. At 6-8, the Ducks sit only one and a half games out of the fifth seed, but a home series against the Arizona schools will likely end their dreams of a high seed in the tourney.

11. WSU (Last: 11)

After four and a half game’s worth of top-level Pac-12 basketball, the Cougars finally stumbled, falling hard in the second half at home to Utah. WSU, winners of three of their last five games, have a fantastic opportunity to win two more conference games this week when they head to the Bay.

12. Cal (Last: 12)

Cal basketball is winding down their worst season in program history (excluding the forfeited 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, which officially go down as 0-27 and 2-26 respectively.) The Golden Bears’ best chances at wins come at home this week when they host WSU and next week when they travel to Stanford.

About the Writer
SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen reporter

Shawn P. O'Connor is a junior broadcasting major from Oak Harbor, Wash., he worked with his local fire department when he was in high school.

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