Just four weeks left. …
1, UCLA — A loss in Seattle seems to serve as a turning point for the Bruins every year. Since losing to UW, Bruins have won four games by an average of 22.75 points — and not exactly the Sisters of the Poor they’ve beaten as the victims were Cal, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame.
2, Washington — Deserve some benefit of the doubt for playing four straight road games and getting two wins in the process. UW also has the second-highest scoring margin in Pac-10 games at 6.6 (UCLA is first at 11.2).
3, Cal — Bears seem to have survived a mid-season lull and now host Stanford and then travel to the Oregons with a chance to get right back in the Pac-10 title hunt should the Bruins falter at all.
4, Arizona State — Still seems like the Devils aren’t quite playing at their peak. We’ll know a lot more after this weekend as ASU hosts UCLA and USC.
5, Arizona — Wildcats have done what they needed to do to get back in the NCAA Tourney picture. Now they can put themselves right in the center of it with a home sweep this week of the LA schools.
6, USC — Injuries keep pulling the Trojans just a little off the rails and the next three weeks are tough — at the Arizonas, home to UW and WSU then at the two Bay Area schools. But a season sweep of Arizona would go a long way toward getting into the tournament.
7, Stanford — NCAA tourney hopes ended with the loss to UW and the Cardinal now finishes with five of season on the road. Looking at worst season since 1992-93 when Stanford went 7-23.
8, Washington State — Will remain dangerous to the end, and should get a sweep of the Oregon schools this week to at least stay in the NIT picture. But reality is that WSU has lost eight of its last 12 and with four seniors among top five scorers, the program will soon be in full rebuild mode.
9, Oregon State — Played the Arizona schools tough last weekend but now play five of their last seven on the road starting with the Huskies Thursday.
10, Oregon — Only three of 11 Pac-10 losses have been closer than 10 points and last in both FG percentage offense and defense. Tajuan Porter only thing that gives this team any chance of winning a conference game the rest of the way.
Just four weeks left. …
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