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January 24, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Ranking the Pac

UW in first place? The Beavers sweeping the Bay Area? What is this — 1985 with Marv and Ralph on the sidelines?
I mean what’s next? A new Frankie Goes to Hollywood album?
Okay, you get the drift. A big shakeup in the rankings this week.
1, Washington (15-4, 6-1)— They got their marquee win and I think they’ll get their ranking. But the challenge is far from over — now comes six of eight on the road. At least UW has a little cushion. Even going just .500 in that stretch, obviously more than reasonable, would get UW to 10 conference wins before three straight at home to close it out. Still work to be done, but the Madness is tantalizingly close.
2, Arizona State (16-3, 5-2) — Huskies could have another first-place showdown next Saturday in Tempe against the Sun Devils, who have lots of time to rest after beating Arizona Wednesday. First, ASU will have to beat a Washington State team it has lost to four straight times.
3, UCLA (15-4, 5-2)— Bruins showing some real late-game vulnerability, especially with no real consistent inside scoring threat. Bruins becoming too dependent on jump shooting. Hosts Cal and Stanford next week hoping to get back on track.
4, Cal (16-4, 5-2)— Looks like the Bears are the team that lost a little something in the three OTs in Seattle. Bears haven’t looked the same since. Next plays at UCLA having lose seven of last eight to Bruins.
5, USC (13-6, 4-3) — Got a split of the Washington schools that it had to have to stay alive. Now needs to get Dwight Lewis healthy for the Bay Area schools. Also needs to figure out how to stop turning the ball over so much.
6, Oregon State (8-10, 3-5) — As impressive a road weekend as anyone has had all year, sweeping the Bay Area schools. Only one senior on the team who really plays at all, Ricky Claitt, so something is definitely brewing in Corvallis. Can make a statement about the changing tide in the state by beating Oregon at home Saturday.
7, Arizona (12-8, 2-5)— Wildcats might have saved their season with the rally against Houston — at least saved keeping hope alive. Huskies can put the nail a little deeper in the coffin Thursday. An Arizona win, however, could get the Wildcats right back in the conversation.
8, Stanford (13-4, 3-4)— Really felt the loss of PG Mitch Johnson against Oregon State as the Cardinal looked lost on offense all game. Now comes a tough trip to the LA schools that could officially knock Stanford out of NCAA tourney contention.
9, Washington State (11-8, 3-4) — Rough weekend with two last-minute losses. Now faces the same six-of-eight on the road schedule as does UW, beginning Thursday at Arizona State. May struggle just to stay on the periphery of the NIT.
10, Oregon (0-8, 6-14) — Loss at Corvallis Saturday would mark a true rock bottom for the Ducks. Saved embarrassment this weekend, but the kids don’t really seem to be getting a whole lot better. Even three wins now looking like it might be a stretch.

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