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January 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Pac-10 Power Rankings

One of the most difficult tasks these days is compiling the Power Rankings. You got to have a sense of humor and crystal ball wouldn’t hurt.
1. (Prev. rank: 9) Oregon (Record: 10-4, 2-0 Pac-10; RPI rank: 100)
Last week
: Won 90-79 at UW; won 91-98 (2ot) at WSU.
It’s difficult to believe the best team in the Pac-10 lost at home to Montana and was beaten at Portland. But then, what a difference a pair of conference wins makes. New assistant Mike Dunlap has installed a press defense, which helped the Ducks beat the Huskies. Michael Dunigan won the Pac-10’s POW, but sophomore PG Malcolm Armstead is UO’s X-Factor. Said coach Ernie Kent: “He was exactly what the doctor ordered in terms of what our team needed.”
Up next: Saturday against Oregon State.
2. (2) California (9-5, 1-1; 19)
Last week:
Lost 76-75 (ot) to UCLA; beat Stanford 92-66
Just when the Bears looked as if they were the cream of the conference, they fall flat Wednesday night at home against the Bruins. Theo Robertson, who missed four games because of injury, seems to have recovered nicely. He had a career-high 24 points against UCLA. The Bruins, however, lost defensive stopper Jorge Gutierrez (right knee) who is out indefinitely.
Up next: Saturday vs. USC.
3. (3) USC (10-5, 2-1; 31)
Last week:
Lost 54-53 at Stanford; beat Arizona State 47-37; beat Arizona 56-50
Before last night’s upsets, Saturday’s game in Berkeley, Calif. between the Trojans and the Cal Bears looked like a battle of the conference heavyweights. Now … not so much. Still, it should be a good game between teams with contrasting styles. Got to believe the sanctions effected USC because they looked lethargic in the first half against the Cardinal. If they beat Cal, the Trojans likely move to the top of the conference.
Up next: Saturday at Cal.

4. (1) Washington (10-3, 1-1; 34)
Last week:
Lost 90-79 at Oregon; beat OSU 76-70
The only Pac-10 team in the polls faces an early crossroads of sorts. The 24th-ranked Huskies return to the road where they’re winless in two games (at Texas Tech and vs. Georgetown in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.). PF Matthew Bryan-Amaning has nine points and eight rebounds in past two games.
Up next: Friday at Arizona State; Sunday at Arizona.
5. (8) UCLA (7-8, 2-1; 223)
Last week
: Won 76-75 (ot) at Cal; Lost 77-63 to Arizona and beat Arizona State 72-70
The Bruins are another head-scratcher. Hard to believe they had a five-game losing streak and lost to Cal State Fullerton early in the season. And yet UCLA is tied for second in the Pac-10 after three games. Jerime Anderson isn’t a point guard, but he’s serviceable until JC transfer Lazeric Jones takes over next season. Malcolm Lee, Michael Roll and freshman forward Reeves Nelson provide enough firepower to make UCLA very dangerous.
Up next: Saturday at Stanford
6. (5) Washington State (11-3, 1-1; 75)
Last week:
Beat OSU 65-60; Lost 91-89 (2ot) to Oregon
The Pac-10’s best freshmen will be on the court Friday when WSU PG Reggie Moore faces Arizona F Derrick Williams. Klay Thompson continues to lead the Pac-10 in scoring with a 24.3 scoring average, but he was held to a season low 7 points Saturday against the Beavers. Keep an eye on 6-foot-4 guard Marcus Capers who had his first career double double (10 points and 10 rebounds) last week. WSU has a six-game win streak vs. ASU.
Up next: Friday at Arizona; Sunday at Arizona State
7. (7) Stanford (7-7, 1-1; 163)
Last week:
Beat USC 54-53; Lost at Cal 92-66
Two teams who were thought to be bottom feeders in the conference hit the court Saturday when the Cardinal faces the UCLA Bruins. After stunning upsets Wednesday, the Stanford-UCLA winner will reside in the top half of the conference for at least a week.
Up next: Saturday vs. UCLA
8. (6) Arizona (7-7, 1-1; 63)
Last week:
Won 77-63 at UCLA; Lost 56-50 at USC
The Wildcats strength of schedule is fifth, according to Coach Sean Miller said: “Don’t know if there’s any team that’s played a more difficult schedule. Out of the 14 games we’ve played, we’ve played seven away from home. Of the 12 non-conference games, we’ve seen it all.” Kyle Fogg looks like he’s having a breakout season. He scored a career-high 25 points on Saturday vs. the Bruins.
Up next: Friday vs. WSU; Sunday vs. UW
9. (4) Arizona State (10-5, 0-2; 131)
Last week:
Lost 47-37 at USC; Lost 72-70 at UCLA
The Sun Devils are a dangerous team and they’re probably a little better then their 0-2 conference start indicates. According to the Arizona Republic, ASU allowed UCLA to shoot 62.9 percent, which is the best for a Sun Devils opponent in the Herb Sendek era. On Saturday, ASU scored the fewest points since at least the 1950-51 season, shooting 24.4 percent, the worst percentage since at least 1987-88.
Up next: Friday vs. UW; Sunday vs. WSU
10. (10) Oregon State (6-8, 0-2; 209)
Last week:
Lost 99-48 to Seattle University; Lost 65-60 at WSU; Lost 78-70 at UW
Coach Craig Robinson said the Beavers have struggled handling weighty preseason expectations, well he won’t have to worry about that anymore. The 51-point loss to Seattle U. is going to linger. C Roeland Schaftenaar has been widely inconsistent again and his backup Joe Burton appears out of shape. The only reliable players are Calvin Haynes and Seth Tarver, but they combine to average about 23 points.
Up next: Sunday at Oregon.

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