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January 18, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Pac-10 Power Rankings: Week 9

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WEEK 9 PAC-10 POWER RANKINGS
In descending order …
No. 10. Last week (10) Arizona State (Record: 9-8, Pac-10: 1-4; RPI rank: 127)
Recent results: Lost 80-69 at Arizona, Beat Tulsa 69-59
In conference-only games, the Sun Devils are last in the Pac-10 in scoring (57.8 ppg), free throw percentage (61.8), 3-point percentage (28.6) and rebounding margin (-11.6). And they’re ninth in scoring margin (-9.6). Health has been an issue, which has forced ASU to use eight different starting lineups. Senior guard Jamelle McMillan has missed three games, sophomore guard Trent Lockett (two) and senior guard Ty Abbott (one).
Next up: Thursday at Washington State, Saturday at Washington
9. (9) Oregon (8-10, 1-5; 185)
Recent results: Lost 67-59 to UCLA, Beat USC 68-62
Junior forward Tyrone Nared (right) averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last week and filled in admirably for injured starter Joevan Catron (calf). But if Catron, the team’s leading scorer (15.9 ppg) and rebounder (6.4 rpg), doesn’t return soon, the Ducks are doomed. Fortunately for them, they don’t play again until Saturday. … Matt Arena drew mixed reviews after its unveiling last week. The building was a huge hit, however, opinion is mixed on the unusual floor.
Next up: Saturday at Oregon State
8. (8) California (9-8, 2-3; 53)
Recent results: Lost 92-71 vs Washington, Beat WSU 88-81 OT
The Bears had a golden chance to make hay in the Pac-10 race and build on the momentum of Thursday’s win against WSU, but they absorbed a 21-defeat at home from the Huskies. … There is a glimmer of hope in Berkeley, Calif. and his name is Allen Crabbe, who has emerged as a legitimate contender to win the Pac-10’s Freshman of the Year award. UW senior Justin Holiday on Crabbe: “He’s real nice. He can shoot it plus he can put it the floor to get his shot off. Not a lot of guys can do both.”
Next up: Thu at UCLA, Sat. at USC


7. (2) USC (10-8, 2-3; 89)
Recent results:
Lost 80-76 at OSU, Lost 68-62 at Oregon
What has happened to the Trojans? After a three-week, four-game homestand, apparently they forgot how to play on the road and dropped a pair of games in Oregon. Once again USC wasted a pair of outstanding games from junior forward Nikola Vucevic. He collected 11 points and 13 rebounds at Oregon, then added 26 points and 14 rebounds at OSU. He is averaging a Pac-10 best 10.1 rebounds per game, while contributing 16.4 points per game (fourth in the Pac-10). … And why is 5-foot-7 freshman guard Maurice Jones playing so many minutes when he’s probably USC’s fifth best player? He leads all Pac-10 players in minutes, averaging 36.7 per game. And he’s played all 40 minutes six times this season.
Up next: Thu vs Stan, Sat vs Cal
6. (6) Oregon State (8-9, 3-3; 222)
Recent results:
Beat USC 80-76, Lost 62-57 to UCLA
Coach Craig Robinson gave sophomore Roberto Nelson his first start of the season on Saturday against USC. He replaced senior Calvin Haynes. Nelson scored 6 points and Haynes had 11. … Another relative newcomer to the starting lineup is freshman forward Devon Collier. He’s started the last seven games and is averaging 4.7 rebounds during that stretch. … Sophomore Jared Cunningham picked up six steals vs. UCLA. It was the sixth time this season in which he had five or more swipes in a game.
Up next: Sat. vs Oregon
5. (7) Stanford (10-6, 3-2; 97)
Recent result:
Lost 61-58 to WSU, Beat UW 58-56
Nobody plays defense in the Pac-10 like the Cardinal. And it’s not a gimmick defense. Stanford doesn’t zone, press or trap. It doesn’t rely on intimidating shot blockers or ball hawking guards. The Cardinal simply play outstanding team defense. In conference-only games, Stanford is allowing 58.6 points per game. In 16 games, Stanford has held foes to 59.8 points, which is tied for 19th in the nation. … Junior forward Josh Owens is shooting 62-of-96 (.646) from the field over the last 10 games, averaging 14.1 points during that stretch.
Next up: Thu at USC, Sat at UCLA
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4. (4) Washington State (13-5, 3-3; 55).
Recent results:
Won 61-58 at Stanford, Lost 88-81 OT at Cal
Junior guard Klay Thompson (near left) continues racking up the points and it’s almost a given he’ll win the Pac-10 scoring title. With 57 points in the Bay Area split, including a season-high 36 points at Cal, moved into sixth place on WSU’s career scoring list with 1,436 points. He needs 23 points to move past Marcus Moore into fifth. Thompson is shooting 44.1 percent on three-pointers and leads the conference with 3.1 per game. His next trey will give him 200 for his career
Next up: Thu vs ASU, Sat vs Arizona
3. (5) UCLA (11-6, 3-2; 63)
Recent results:
Won 67-59 at Oregon, Won 62-57 at OSU
Coach Ben Howland benched freshman center Joshua Smith in an attempt to help the former Kentwood High star avoid picking up early cheap fouls. The move seems to have worked. Smith averaged 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of wins against the Oregon schools. Over the last four games, Smith is shooting 16-of-21 (.762) from the field and 11-of-14 (.786) from the free throw line. … Junior guard Jerime Anderson hit a career-best three three-pointers and matched his career-high with 15 points in the win at Oregon.
Next up: Thu vs. Cal, Sat vs Stan
2. (3) Arizona (15-3, 4-1; 30).
Recent results:
Beat ASU 80-69
Sophomore forward Derrick Williams connected on 8 of 12 field goals and 15 of 16 free throws en route to a career-high tying 31-points on Saturday. He also had 10 rebounds for his fifth double double this season. Williams has scored 37.7 percent of his points at the free throw line. … The Wildcats have beaten 12 opponents by at least 10 points. … Arizona’s rebound margin is +6.7 overall and +8.0 in Pac-10 play. … The Wildcats are 8-0 when scoring 80 or more points in 2010-11 and 14-0 in the Sean Miller era.
Next up: Thu at UW, Sat at WSU
1. (1) Washington (13-4, 5-1; 23)
Recent results:
Won 92-71 at Cal, Lost 58-56 at Stanford
Whatever swagger the Huskies might have lost Thursday, they rediscovered it Sunday during a smashing win over the Bears. … Washington and Arizona meet Thursday at Hec Ed with first-place in the Pac-10 on the line. The game is more important for UW, which visits Arizona on Feb.19. The game also features two of the three leading MVP candidates in Isaiah Thomas and Williams. … In conference-games only, Thomas leads the Pac-10 with an 8.2 assists average, which is twice as much as the next player.
Next up: Thu vs Arizona, Sat vs ASU

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