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

OLIVER MCKENNA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

OLIVER MCKENNA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

OLIVER MCKENNA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

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

February 19, 2019

  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.

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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