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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 3, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Ranking the Pac

A week to go, and only one position is set in stone — Oregon State at the bottom.
Everything else could still change in a season when more Pac–10 teams (nine) will win seven or more conference games for the first time since 1991 (a bizarre year when five teams went 8-10).
On with the rankings:
1, UCLA — Kevin Love took a big step toward Player of the Year honors with his dominating performance at Arizona Sunday (25 points, 14 rebounds). If he does something similar against Brook Lopez and Stanford Thursday, the award should be his.
2, Stanford — Trent Johnson may have locked up Coach of the Year honors by keeping the Cardinal in contention for league title until the final week.
3, USC — Don’t seem to play as well when O.J. Mayo scores big — or maybe he just scores really big when the rest of the team isn’t playing well. Can sew up NCAA bid with a win at home against Cal Thursday.
4, Washington State — Now 0-6 against UCLA, Stanford and Arizona, 10-1 against rest of the conference. Will Cougar fans really be unhappy with an 11-7 Pac-10 finish? That would still be the second-best for WSU since 1983.
5, Arizona State — Game at Oregon Thursday could be for an NCAA Tourney berth, though Sun Devils also have the hole card of a game at Oregon State Saturday. But Sun Devils might not want to risk being 9-9 in conference play.
6, Arizona — It’s getting a little strange in Tucson, where Lute Olson showed up for Senior Day ceremonies and there appears to be a rift brewing between Olson and Kevin O’Neill. Arizona still has a No., 25 RPI this week so getting to 9-9 in Pac-10 play will probably be good enough.
7, Washington — 4-3 in conference since that 3-7 start. ASU loss remains a hard one to figure in that stretch, but otherwise, that’s been Washington’s most consistent stretch of basketball since Brandon Roy left.
8, Oregon — Ducks avoided embarrassment in Corvallis, but even most of the Oregon players were disappointed in their play. Sweep of the Arizona schools this week a necessity to keep NCAA tourney hopes alive. Ducks are 4-8 in last 12 games, two wins coming against Oregon State.
9, Cal — Was UW loss Ben Braun’s Berkeley swansong? May depend on if Ryan Anderson decides to come back (and there are some indications he will). If so, Bears can still sell hope for next season.
10, Oregon State — Two chances to avoid infamy, and little reason to think they will. In case you missed it, even more strange personnel goings-on in Corvallis with Sean Carter suspended and heralded transfer Daniel Deane (sitting out the year) leaving indefinitely for personal reasons. You can read about it here.

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