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February 13, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Ranking the Pac

Sorry to be a little late with the rankings this week, but needed the extra to sort out a league that in its middle is as confounding as ever (that sounds better, anyway, than admitting I just didn’t get around to it until now).
On to the rankings:
1, UCLA — Still the best team in the conference in my book. The Bruins did win at Stanford and I still think as an overall team they are better. But if Darren Collison keeps going 1-8 with eight turnovers, they won’t stay on this perch long.
2, Stanford — Closing the gap with the Bruins thanks to a defense allowing opponents to shoot just 37.2 percent in conference games. Also has a plus-10.5 rebounding edge in conference play, best in the Pac-10.
3, Washington State — Cougs remain a surprising ninth in Pac-10 in FG percentage defense at 48.5 and last in three-point FG defense at 39.3, the latter ominous heading into a matchup this weekend against an Oregon team that shoots more threes than anybody.
4, USC — But injuries starting to take a toll. Stats indicate USC should be better — lead in shooting at 49.6 and second in FG defense at 39.7. But here’s the problem — a league-high 13.9 turnovers per game.
5, Arizona State — They need Jeff Pendergraph to play like that, or close to it, every week to take some pressure off the kids in the backcourt. Four of six at home and a chance to make a move.
6, Arizona — Could Wildcats really miss tourney for first time since 1984? Telling stat — last in FG defense at 49.1 in conference play.
7, Oregon — Ducks have taken 59 more three-pointers than any other team in conference play and made 17 more, so opponents should know what’s coming. Ducks have just 18 blocked shots in Pac-10 play, or fewer than four players, including both Lopez Twins.
8, Cal — On-pace to set a school record in free throw shooting at 77.1 percent. Cal’s 2-5 home record is worse than all but Oregon State (0-4).
9, Washington — UW now first in Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense in conference games at 29.8. But that will be tested at Oregon.
10, Oregon State — Beavers probably looking at UW game Saturday as their best chance to get a win. In conference play, dead last in eight of 19 statistical categories.

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