1. (2) California (15-8, 7-4 Pac-10; RPI rank: 26)
Recent results: Won 72-58 at UCLA; Lost 66-63 at USC.
In Pac-10 poker, a road split trumps a home sweep, which puts Cal in the top spot ahead of Washington. No shame losing by three points at USC, especially when Jerome Randle missed a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds. … Cal’s Big Three (Randle, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson) scored 102 of the Bears’ 135 points in the past two games. … Only remaining road games are at Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford. … The Bears are 9-0 when it shoots better than 50 percent from the field.
Up next: Thursday against Washington; Saturday against Washington State.
2. (5) Washington (16-7, 6-5; 55)
Recent results: Beat Arizona State 79-56; Beat Arizona 81-75.
Stat of the Week: Only four teams in BCS conferences have yet to win a road game — Georgia, LSU, Stanford and Washington. … Senior F Quincy Pondexter is averaging 25.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in the past four games. … Sophomore Scott Suggs has hit a trey in the past nine games and 19 of 22.
Up next: Thu. at Cal; Sat. at Stanford.
3. (3) Arizona State (16-8, 6-5; 67)
Recent results: Lost at UW 79-56; Won 81-70 at WSU.
The good news: Five of the last seven regular-season games are in the state of Arizona and ASU is 12-3 at home. The bad news: Two of those home losses came against Pac-10 schools. More bad news: Five of their six conference wins are against the conference’s four worst teams (WSU, Oregon, OSU and Stanford). … Junior G Jamelle McMillan’s 2.95 assist/turnover ratio ranks ninth nationally.
Up next: Thu. vs. Oregon State; Sat. vs. Oregon.
4. (4) UCLA (11-12, 6-5; 136)
Recent results: Lost 72-58 to Cal; Beat Stanford 77-73.
The Bruins had a 14-point first-half lead against Cal, the top team in the conference, before falling apart and losing by 14. If UCLA had won that game, they would be on top of the rankings. … UCLA is 8-3 when it holds opponents under 70, 3-9 when it doesn’t. … The Bruins have the toughest remaining schedule in the conference. Five games are on the road, including two games in the state of Washington and two in the state of Arizona.
Up next: Sun. at USC.
5. (1) Arizona (12-11, 6-5; 67)
Recent results: Lost 78-60 at WSU; Lost 81-75 at UW.
The Wildcats proved they’re still a fragile bunch easily rattled by UW’s press and thrown off by WSU’s zone. … Arizona may have discovered another long-distance scorer last weekend when sophomore G Brendon Lavender sank all three three-pointers and scored a career-high 11 points against the Huskies. He’s made 11 of his last 13 treys. Prior to that he was 8 of 35 behind the arc.
Up next: Thu. vs. Ore.; Sat. vs. OSU.
6. (8) USC (14-9, 6-5; 80)
Recent results: Beat Stanford 55-49; Beat Cal 66-63.
Sophomore F Nikola Vucevic was edged out of his first Player of the Week award by Pondexter. Vucevic posted a pair of double doubles last week, including a game-winning tip-in against Stanford. Coach Kevin O’Neill said Vucevic should be a ready for the NBA in a year or two. “As soon as he learns how to play hard all the time, he’s going to be a very, very good player,” O’Neill said. … The Trojans are seeking their first UCLA sweep since 2004.
Up next: Sun. vs. UCLA.
7. (6) Washington State (15-8, 5-6; 106)
Recent results: Beat Arizona 78-60; Lost 81-70 to Arizona State.
Sophomore reserve G Abe Lodwick (flu) missed Saturday’s game allowing freshman F Brock Motum to finish with career-high 10 points. Said coach Ken Bone: “Brock is a better scorer than when Abe Lodwick was playing. When he got his opportunity didn’t shy away.” … Sophomore F DeAngelo Casto leads the Pac-10 with 49 blocks. He set the WSU freshman record last season with 42 and now has the sophomore record. Only Stuart House, who set a school record with 69 in 1979-80, and Ivory Clark (53 in 2006-07) have more blocks at WSU.
Up next: Thu. at Stan.; Sat. at Cal.
8. (9) Oregon State (10-12, 4-6; 195)
Recent results: Beat Ore. 62-42.
F Roberto Nelson, who has not been ruled eligible by the NCAA, will redshirt this season. … Coach Craig Robinson described last week’s win over the Ducks as OSU’s “best game” of the season. The 20-point win was OSU’s largest margin of victory over the Ducks since the 1981-82 season. … The Beavers are 8-0 when leading at halftime.
Up next: Thu. at ASU; Sat. at Ariz.
9. (7) Oregon (7) (12-10, 4-6; 146)
Recent results: Lost 62-42 at OSU.
How bad are things in Eugene? The Ducks have used 13 different starting lineups in 22 games and coach Ernie Kent, a staunch man-to-man defense proponent, has resorted to using a 1-1-3 zone. … Kent says Knight Arena, which opens next season, will be better than Mac Court, but it remains to be seen if he’ll every coach a game in the new building.
Up next: Thu. at Arizona; Sat. at ASU.
10. (10) Stanford (10-13, 4-7; 155)
Recent results: Lost 54-49 at USC; Lost 77-73 at UCLA
The Cardinal is the only Pac-10 team with a perfect home record (4-0) in the conference. … Senior F Landry Fields leads the conference with a 23.0 scoring average. The last Pac-10 player to average 23.0 or more points was Arizona State’s Eddie House (23.0) during the 1999-2000 season. … During a pair of losses in Los Angeles last week, Fields scored 62 of Stanford’s 122 points. He shot 23 from 37 from the field (62 percent).
Up next: Thu. vs. WSU; Sat. vs. UW.