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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 7, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Ranking the Pac

After an opening day that seemed to go to the norm, week one of the Pac-10 season ultimately revealed that it may be as topsy-turvy as many have predicted.
There were 10 games last weekend, the road team winning five, with a few hard-to-fathom results — USC losing at Oregon State? Stanford losing at home by 30 to Arizona State, then beating Arizona easily?
So other than the very top, it’s a different looking ranking than it was a week ago.
1, UCLA — Road sweep of Oregon schools an early statement that the Bruins are still the kings.
2, Cal — Home sweep of Arizona schools an early statement that the Bears are in it for the long haul — and that his new coach, Mike Montgomer-something, may know what he’s doing.
3, Arizona State — Leading Pac-10 in both field goal shooting (51 percent) and free throw shooting (76 percent).
4, Washington — Interestingly enough, this is only the third time under Lorenzo Romar that UW has won its conference opener.
5, Stanford — Cardinal allowing teams to shoot only 28.8 percent on three-pointers, lowest in the conference.
6, USC — Upcoming three-game homestand — UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona — will go a long way toward determining what kind of season this team will have.
7, Arizona — Wildcats absolutely have to sweep Oregon and Oregon State at home this weekend, which isn’t a gimmee considering how erratic they are.
8, Washington State — Seem to be losing confidence by the minute and looking like they just don’t have the offensive playmakers to be a contender this year.
9, Oregon State — Shooting 48.8 percent this year compared to 37.3 last season.
10, Oregon — Ducks go on road to face Arizona and ASU this week, meaning they could be 0-4 in conference play when UW comes to town a week from Thursday.

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