THIS WEEK’S POWER RANKINGS
1. (1) Washington (Record: 6-1, RPI rank: 6)
Last week: Lost at Texas Tech 99-92 in OT; beat Cal State Northridge 88-76.
The Huskies – and the Pac-10 – are still looking for the signature win this season. Next up: No. 15 Georgetown. No. 17 Washington hasn’t beaten a higher ranked non-conference opponent on the road since knocking off Illinois in the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.
Up next: Saturday vs. Georgetown in the John Wooden Classic.
2. (3) California (6-3, 29)
Last week: Beat Iowa State 82-63; Beat Pacific 79-54
The good news: Senior forward Theo Robertson returned to the court last night after missing six games with a foot injury. The bad news: Junior forward Harper Kamp will likely redshirt because of knee problems. Sophomore Max Zhang, a 7-foot-2 center from China, might have played his best game, collecting 7 points and 2 blocks against Iowa.
Up next: At No.1-ranked Kansas on Dec. 22.
3. (2) Arizona State (6-2, 119)
Last week: Lost to Baylor 64-61; Lost to BYU 81-68
Consecutive losses to Baylor and BYU drops the Sun Devils a notch in the rankings. Former O’Dea star Jamelle McMillan is starting to take a larger role with ASU in his junior year. He’s averaging more points (7.1 to 4.8), assists (2.4 to 1.8) and rebounds (3.0 to 2.1) than last season.
Up next: Saturday vs. Delware State.
4. (4) Washington State (7-2, 151)
Last week: Beat Idaho 76-64, Lost at Kansas State 86-69, Lost at Gonzaga 74-69
A second-half meltown against Gonzaga and total collapse at Kansas State took the wind out of the Cougars’ sail. WSU has just three non-conference games remaining and needs to win out to improve its low RPI ranking. The games, however, are away from Pullman. The Cougars play in Spokane against Air Force, Kennewick against Portland State and Seattle against LSU.
Up next: Saturday vs. Air Force
5. (6) Arizona (4-4, 118)
Last week: Beat Louisiana Tech 83-67, lost 79-62 at Oklahoma.
Before last night’s win, the Wildcats had a three-game losing streak and their first losing record since 2005-06 when they started 2-3. All four UA losses have been against teams that have spent at least a week in the AP Top 25.
Up next: Saturday at San Diego State.
6. (8) Oregon State (4-3, 152)
Last week: Beat Colorado 74-69; beat Cal State Bakersfield 74-39.
The Beavers are seemingly back on track after a pair of feel-good wins. In the victory over Cal State Bakersfield, OSU recorded 14 steals, eight of them from Seth Tarver, who the tied a school record.
Up next: Saturday at Nebraska.
7. (5) Stanford (4-3, 214)
Last week: No games.
The Cardinal hasn’t played since Nov. 29. Guard Jeremy Green, who was arrested on campus in late October on suspicion of felony domestic violence, will not face charges. Green, suspended during the preseason, averages 15.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Up next: Sunday vs. UC Davis.
8. (7) Oregon (4-3, 193)
Last week: Lost 106-69 at Missouri.
The Ducks extended their road losing streak to 12 games. Coach Ernie Kent has used six different starting lineups in seven games. Leading scorer Against Missouri, Tajuan Porter came off the bench, played just six minutes and was held scoreless after sitting out the previous game with an ankle injury.
Up next: Saturday vs. St. Mary’s.
9. (9) USC (3-4, 192)
Last week: Beat Sacramento State 51-36; Lost 69-50 at No. 2 Texas; lost 79-53 at Georgia Tech
Transfer Mike Gerrity, a transfer from Charlotte who is expected to take over at point guard and should be eligible at the end of the month, can’t return soon enough. The Trojans (3-4) dressed just seven players and committed 25 turnovers against Sacramento State. USC ranks last in assists in the Pac-10, averaging 8.8 per game. Leonard Washington, a 6-7, 230-pound sophomore forward has also been ineligible. Gerrity and Washington could return as soon as Dec. 19.
Up next: Friday vs. Idaho State
10. (10) UCLA (2-5, 289)
Last week: Lost 73-61 to No. 1 Kansas.
The Bruins have a four-game losing streak, which is coach Ben Howland’s longest at UCLA. Forward Nikola Dragovic, who was arrested in an assault case and suspended two games, is shooting just 28.6 percent from the field. Under normal circumstances, freshman starting center Reeves Nelson might sit out a game to recover from a corneal abrasion suffered when he was poked in the eye on Sunday. The Bruins are thin in the post so Nelson isn’t likely to miss a game. He’s required to eye protective goggles when he plays. Malcolm Lee started at point guard over Jerime Anderson against Kansas.
Up next: Saturday vs Mississippi State in the Wooden Classic.