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January 27, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Ranking the pac

Four weeks in, the conference is beginning to sort itself out a bit.
In fact, it’s beginning to look that five teams are well on their way to NCAA tournament berths — UCLA, WSU, Stanford, Arizona and USC.
Arizona and USC are each just 4-3 and still have some work to do, but the Trojans are in a particularly good position, having already played five conference road games. Arizona just seems to be trending upward, particularly when taking into account that three of its losses came when Jerryd Bayless was out
That means that if the Pac-10 does get six NCAA berths — the most it has ever received — that the other four teams (excluding the hapless Beavers) are playing for that one spot.
RPI-wise, Oregon has the best chance of the bottom, ranked at No. 51. The five teams I mentioned earlier are all ranked 36 or better.
On to our rankings:
1, UCLA — Quite a Love-ly tour through Oregon for the Bruins. Kevin Love had 42 points, 39 rebounds for the weekend.
2, Stanford — If they can keep getting 16-point games from Mitch Johnson, the Cardinal will be that much more dangerous.
3, Washington State — Cougs barely escaped losing both in Arizona as the team’s depth seems an increasing concern.
4, Arizona — The Killer B’s (Bayless, Budinger) easily slayed the Washington schools this weekend.
5, USC — Trojans turning into road warriors, winning three in a row away from Galen. Now play five of seven at home.
6, Arizona State — Tough weekend indicated that the Devils’ may be a year away. Trip to the LA schools could further plant the Sun Devils in NIT territory.
7, Washington — Showed they could win on the road, though Arizona loss also showed that the Huskies still have a ways to go.
8, Oregon — Tajuan Porter simply not the same player this year (no doubt Aaron Brooks’ absence has a lot to do with it).
9, Cal — Have to wonder if Ben Braun will start to feel the heat if the Bears continue to slide. Cal has had just one winning record since 2003.
10, Oregon State — Not a great debut for Kevin Mouton.
BTW — I’ll try to get an official explanation tomorrow for what happened to the beginning of the telecast Saturday.

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