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December 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Pac-10 Power Rankings: Week 4

In descending order …
No. 10 (Last week: 10) Oregon State (Record: 3-4, RPI rank: 324)
Recent result:
Lost 83-57 at Colorado
How bad are things in Corvallis? Coach Craig Robinson benched senior guard Calvin Haynes, a second-team all-conference pick last season in favor of freshman Ahmad Starks. Starks was scoreless against the Buffaloes and Haynes had two points, three assists, three rebounds and three turnovers in 25 minutes. Roberto Nelson, who redshirted last season because of eligibility issues, makes his long-awaited debut Sunday.
Up next: Sunday vs. Texas Pan-at Colorado, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
9. (6) UCLA (3-4, 147)
Recent results:
Lost 66-57 to Montana; Lost 77-76 at No. 4 Kansas
At first glance it appears as if the wheels have fallen off the Bruins bandwagon. But take a closer look. Losing at home to Montana isn’t such a terrible thing considering the Grizzlies nearly upset Washington last year before falling 63-59. Still the cloud of mystique has been lifted over Westwood. … Reeves Nelson may be UCLA’s best player, but Tyler Honeycutt is the most talented and possibly the most important player. It remains to be seen whether he’s a quality leader.
Next up: Saturday vs. Cal Poly
8. (8) Oregon (5-3, 101)
Recent results:
Beat Portland State 68-49, Lost 83-80 to No. 8 Missouri
The Ducks did exactly what they were supposed to do last week. The three-point loss to Mizzou is a little misleading because the Tigers didn’t look as if they played their A-game. Still give credit to Oregon for keeping it close. The Ducks were picked to finish last in the Pac-10, but that’s not going to happen. New coach Dana Altman has some nice pieces in Joevan Catron and E.J. Singler to build around.
Next up: Saturday vs. Willamette


7. (5) Stanford (4-2, 243)
Recent result:
Beat DePaul 81-74 OT.
The Cardinal didn’t play last week and it hasn’t t played since Nov. 28 so there really isn’t much to update. We’ll see how the 13-day layoff affects them this weekend.
Next up: Sunday vs. UC Riverside
6. (7) Arizona State (3-4, 88)
Recent results:
Lost 67-61 to Richmond, Lost 68-54 at No. 10 Baylor
Don’t be fooled by the Sun Devils’ record. They’re they best 3-4 team in the country. And if you’re wondering how a team can lose two games and move up in the rankings, consider ASU’s opponents have a combined record of 24-5. … ASU’s biggest concern other than getting Ty Abbott on track is its woeful 58.3 free throw shooting percentage.
Next up: Saturday vs. Gardner-Webb
5. (4) California (5-3, 28)
Recent results:
Lost 77-57 to No. 14 San Diego State, Beat Iowa State 76-73.
The Golden Bears have the best RPI ranking in the conference. … So far, so good with Jorge Gutierrez running the offense. The defensive stalwart is averaging 13.3 points, 3.6 assists and he’s shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent behind the three-point arc. He’s also averaging 2.6 turnovers.
Next up: Sunday vs. Southern Mississippi
4. (9) USC (5-4, 147)
Recent results:
Beat No. 25 Texas 73-59
Let’s not sugarcoat this, the Trojans have the best win in the conference. They beat then-ranked No. 19 Texas convincingly at home and it’s the brightest feather in the Pac-10’s hat. The league is 2-10 (corrected from original post) against ranked teams. California has the other win over then-No. 25 Temple. … Nikola Vucevic is attracting attention from NBA scouts.
Up next: Saturday vs. Northern Arizona
3. (1) Washington State (6-1, 96).
Recent results:
Beat Gonzaga 81-59, Lost 63-58 to No. 5 Kansas State.
The Cougars announced today they’re starting next season’s 2011-12 Pac-12 conference at Spokane Arena against Oregon and Oregon State. WSU is 15-12 at Spokane Arena and 5-7 against conference opponents at Spokane Arena. … Klay Thompson leads the conference and he’s 17th in the nation with a 21.6 scoring average. … WSU is two missed three-pointers in the final minutes from being undefeated, possibly ranked and considered one of the top teams on the West Coast.
Next up: Friday vs. Texas Pan-American.
2. (3) Washington (6-2, 65)
Recent results:
Beat Texas Tech 108-79, Beat Portland 94-72.
Ranked fifth in the Pomeroy college basketball ratings. … The Huskies have won 21 straight non-conference games at Hec Ed. Their last defeat was March 14, 2008 to Valparaiso. … Venoy Overton needs six steals to move past Bryant Boston into fourth place on UW’s all-time list. … Washington is second in the nation averaging 20.1 assists per game.
Next up: Saturday at Texas A&M
1. (2) Arizona (8-1, 81).
Recent results:
Beat Cal-State Fullerton 73-62, Beat Oklahoma 83-60.
Derrick Williams has posted four 20-point games and three double doubles. … Arizona reached 80 points for the sixth time this season. UA is is 192-19 (.910) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. … Ten players are averaging at least 13.8 minutes per game.
Next up: Saturday vs. No. 18 BYU

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