Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings – Week 5

Washington remains at top of rankings while USC drops to No. 4, Cougars remain second to last after week five

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Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings – Week 5




SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

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  1. Washington (Last: 1)
  2. The Huskies just missed out on an AP Top-25 spot after sweeping aside Los Angeles to improve to a perfect 9-0 in conference play. UW looks for conference wins No. 10 and 11 next week in Arizona.


    1. Arizona State (Last: 4)


    The Sun Devils knocked off Arizona 95-88 during an in-state overtime thriller. The Sun Devils also received great news from a number of bracketologists, falling inside the NCAA Tourney in most mid-season predictions. ASU has a chance to bolster their record with two games in Washington State.


    1. Oregon State (Last: 6)


    A 2-0 mountain road trip for the Beavs pushed them into the third spot on the list. The Beavs have a great opportunity to make a move up this list when they host two cellar dwellers in Stanford and Cal.


    1. USC (Last: 2)


    A 1-1 week kept the Trojans firmly in second when USC kept their contest with the Huskies relatively tight and took care of the listless Cougs. Southern California looks to climb the standings when they host the Mountain teams next week.


    1. Arizona (Last: 5)


    A close loss at Arizona State was the only result for the Wildcats this week, but a disastrous week by the Utes promoted the Sun Devils a spot. U of A looks to get back on track when they host the Washington teams this week.


    1. UCLA (Last: 7)


    The Bruins split a tough week, falling to UW but defeating WSU. UCLA is firmly in the middle of the PAC and need to win on their mountain road trip to stay there.


    1. Utah (Last: 3)


    A disastrous homestand ended with two losses for the Utes at the hands of the Oregon schools. Utah needs to get back on track quickly and must do so in Los Angeles.


    1. Oregon (Last: 8)


    A win over Utah wasn’t enough to save the Ducks when they were walloped by the Buffs. Two easy home games against Cal and Stanford should help the Ducks get back on track.


    1. Stanford (Last: 9)


    Stanford defeated Cal this week, but a three-point win over the worst team in the conference is anything but impressive. The Cardinal needs wins in a bad way and a trip to Oregon will not make things easy.


    1. Colorado (Last: 10)


    Colorado remains in the tenth spot with a win over Oregon, despite a two-point loss to the Beavers. The Buffs face a tough LA road swing next week, with opportunities to climb into the middle of the PAC.


    1. WSU (Last: 11)


    The Cougars continue to disappoint, falling to UCLA and USC at home. Those two losses push Head Coach Ernie Kent to 19-62 in Pac-12 play all time. ASU and U of A are up next for WSU’s next road trip.


    1. Cal (Last: 12)


    Cal nearly got their first conference win of the season, but ultimately fell to the Cardinal 84-81. The Golden Bears travel to Oregon looking to avoid a 0-11 conference start. Cal is already off to their worst start since joining the then-Pac-8.