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January 3, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Pac-10 Power: Rankings Week 7

WEEK 7 PAC-10 POWER RANKINGS
In descending order …
No.10. Last week (9) Oregon (Record: 7-7, 0-2; RPI rank: 178)
Recent results:
Lost 60-55 to Arizona State, Lost 76-57 to Arizona
That’s four straight defeats for Oregon, which is the longest losing streak in the Pac-10. … After tallying a season-high 17 points as a starter in the Pac-10 opener, forward Jeremy Jacob came off the bench against ASU and finished with just two points on 1-for-7 shooting from the field and 0 for 2 from the line. … New coach Dana Altman wants to run a full-court press, but not sure he has the athletes and depth to get it done. Oregon is averaging just 56.3 points in the past four games.
Next up: Thursday at Washington, Saturday at Washington State
9. (8) California (7-6,0-1; 49)
Recent results:
Lost 82-68 at Stanford
Junior forward Harper Kamp, junior guard Jorge Gutierrez and senior center Markuri Sanders-Frison have been solid role players in the past, but in reality the trio is struggling to become the team’s stars and need to produce more on both ends of the court until the young supporting cast learns how to play in league games. Cal doesn’t have a go-to scorer and that’s a glaring weakness. … Freshman wing Allen Crabbe who scored a season-high 17 points on Dec. 28 against Hartford did not play in the Pac-10 opener.
Next up: Thu at ASU, Sat at Arizona
8. (3) Washington State (10-4, 0-2; 63).
Recent results:
Lost 60-56 at USC, Lost 80-71 at UCLA
Last season the Cougars built a solid nonconference record before winning just six Pac-10 games and finishing last in the league. It appears as if WSU is on the same road again. The Cougars had built up great momentum, but they’re on a three-game losing streak. In their defense, they’ve been on the road for nearly three weeks and has played the past six games away from Pullman. … Klay Thompson has still performed at a high level and has scored at least 15 points in every game this season. Against USC, however, the Cougar reserves managed just four points.
Next up: Thu vs. OSU, Sat vs. Oregon


7. (7) Stanford (8-4, 1-0; 142)
Recent result:
Beat Cal 82-62, Beat Yale 60-44
With the success of the football team, which plays tonight in the Orange Bowl, and the women’s basketball team, which snapped Connecticut’s winning streak, the Cardinal men have taken a backseat on their campus. Still don’t overlook this team. Third-year coach Johnny Dawkins has assembled some nice talent and Stanford is developing an identity as a scrappy team. They’re young and they’re toughness inside is questionable, but there’s no doubt Jeremy Green can take over a game when he wants. And Josh Owens has star potential. Freshman guard Aaron Bright, the former Bellevue Hight standout, recently moved into the starting lineup. Despite its upside, Stanford has just one quality win, which is beating Cal and the Bears aren’t very good.
Next up: Tue at ASU, Thu at Arizona
6. (6) Arizona State (8-5, 1-1; 108)
Recent results:
Won at Oregon 60-55, Lost 80-58 at Oregon State
The Sun Devils didn’t have Trent Lockett, who injured his left big toe, for the league opening week. It’s a good thing newcomer Carrick Felix came in and scored a team-high 19 points at Oregon or else ASU would be 0-2 in the Pac-10. There’s something wrong with the Sun Devils. The senior senior stars (Ty Abbott, Rihards Kuksiks and Jamelle McMillan) aren’t clicking and yet no one is panicking in Tempe, Arizona. … Keep an eye on junior-college transfer Brandon Dunson. Last month he barely cracked the rotation and in the win over the Ducks he played 29 minutes and scored 14 points.
Next up: Thu vs. Stanford, Sat vs. Cal
5. (5) UCLA (9-5, 1-1; 77)
Recent results:
Lost 74-63 to UW, Beat WSU 80-71
The Bruins managed a split at home last week, but they could have problems on the road if they play the same way. UCLA benefited from 24 trips to the free throw line against WSU and 36 against UW. That problem won’t happen away from Pauley Pavilion. … After 14 games, the Bruins still have troubles at point guard. Lazeric Jones beat out Jerime Anderson for the job, but he was essentially pulled in the second half against the Huskies because coach Ben Howland thought he was too passive.
Next up: Sunday at USC
4. (4) Arizona (12-3, 1-1; 31).
Recent results:
Lost 76-75 at OSU, Won 76-57 at Oregon
Hardly anyone would dispute Arizona has more talent than Oregon State so then what’s the deal? What’s up with the three straight losses to OSU? Coaching? Toughness? Style? Maybe it’s a combination of all three. Whatever the case, the Wildcats dropped a game yesterday at Corvallis, Ore. that could come back to haunt them in the league race. … Have to wonder whether there’s enough talent around Derrick Williams for Arizona to seriously contend in the NCAA tournament this season. He’s a stud, however, newcomer Jesse Perry is getting acclimated to Pac-10 play and senior forward Jamelle Horne has been a bit of a disappointment.
Next up: Thu vs. Cal, Sat vs. Stanford
3. (1) USC (9-6, 1-1; 58)
Recent results:
Beat WSU 60-56, Lost 73-67 OT to UW
The Trojans feel as if they let a golden opportunity slip through their grasp last week. Coach Kevin O’Neill talked about wasting a 28-point, 14-rebound performance from forward Nikola Vucevic against the Huskies. … USC is a good team that will give team problems at home and on the road. Not sure why Alex Stepheson doesn’t dominate in more games. Against WSU, he finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. … Jio Fontan is a better point guard than a scorer. … The Trojans are missing a solid shooting guard. Freshman Maurice Jones, who is 5 feet 7, was exposed against UW as a liability.
Up next: Sun vs. UCLA
2. (10) Oregon State (7-6, 2-0; 301)
Recent results:
Beat Arizona 76-75; Beat Arizona State 80-58
Click on the video (above) and and watch Oregon State sophomore Jared Cunningham flush one of the sweetest dunks you’ll ever see. And listen to Kevin Calabro provide the soundtrack. For a second it’s as if Calabro is calling the play for another former Beaver who was a 6-foot-4 guard that played with the Sonics. Cunningham also tied a school record with his 34th straight free throws. … Three is the magic number for the Beavers. OSU has a three-game winning streak and it’s won three straight over Arizona following Sunday’s upset in Corvallis. … Can’t figure out OSU. This is the same team that lost to Seattle U., Texas Southern and Utah Valley State. If we’re being honest, Oregon State sitting atop the conference is bad for the Pac-10 because it struggled so bad in the nonconference season.
Up next: Thu at WSU, Sat. at UW
1. (2) Washington (10-3, 2-0; 25)
Recent results:
Won 74-63 at UCLA, Won 73-67 OT at USC
The cream has risen to the top and we’ll see how long the Huskies can stay at No. 1. They went on the road and proved they can win playing two distinct separate styles. They won with defense – using a 2-3 zone – and halfcourt offense at USC and they relied on stars Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Isaiah Thomas to carry them to a win at UCLA. … UW has a four-game winning streak and it was won its past six conference road games.
Next up: Thu vs Oregon, Sat vs. OSU

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