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January 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Pac-10 Power Rankings: Week 10

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WEEK 10 PAC-10 POWER RANKINGS
In descending order …
No. 10. Last week (10) Arizona State (Record: 9-10, Pac-10: 1-6; RPI rank: 132)
Recent results:
Lost 88-75 at Washington, Lost 78-61 at Washington State
The Sun Devils are on a three-game losing streak for the second time this season. Good thing they play USC on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU is 4-0 vs. USC at home under coach Herb Sendek. Still this won’t be an easy game. The Sun Devils are vulnerable inside. Last week the gave up 30 points to UW’s Matthew Bryan-Amaning and WSU’s DeAngelo Casto had 25. USC’s Nikola Vucevic is the Pac-10’s second leading scoring big man behind Bryan-Amaning.
Next up: Thursday vs USC, Saturday vs UCLA
9. (6) Oregon State (8-10, 3-4; 230)
Recent results:
Lost 63-59 to Oregon
The Beavers said they knew how important last week’s Civil War was and they fall behind – once again – early before staging a late comeback that fell short once again. Coach Craig Robinson told the Gazette-Times the constant slow starts are “extraordinarily frustrating.” He said: “Inexplicable, that would be the right word if it was the first time it happened or the second time. But it constantly happens and we just have to re-examine how we’re starting games.” … OSU has lost four of the past five games. … Sophomore G Jared Cunningham (above) has a Pac-10 leading 56 steals.
Next up: Thu at California, Sat at Stanford
8. (5) Stanford (10-8, 3-4; 113)
Recent result:
Lost 68-57 at UCLA, Lost 65-42 at USC
Ever since the Cardinal upset UW 58-56 three weeks ago, it has crumbled and lost three straight games. It’s really no great shame to be swept in Los Angeles, however, Stanford managed a season-low 42 points against the Trojans. During the losing streak, it is averaging 52.3 points. But then that’s the Cardinal’s style. Coach Johnny Dawkins has turned Stanford into a defensive juggernaut. The Cardinal are leading the league in scoring defense (60.6 points allowed per game) and no Pac-10 team has scored more than 68 points on the Cardinal.
Next up: Thu at Oregon, Sat at OSU


7. (9) Oregon (9-10, 2-5; 166)
Recent results:
Beat OSU 63-59
After four attempts, the Ducks picked up their first road win of the season. The last time they won in Corvallis was back on March 2, 2008. Now comes the real hard test. Can they win at Stanford on Thursday where they’ve lost 24 straight games. … Junior F Tyrone Nared received his first start last week and Oregon has used ninth different starting lineups, which is the most of any Pac-10 team. … Senior F Joevan Catron returned after missing two games with a strained calf.
Next up: Thu at Stanford, Sat at Cal
6. (7) USC (11-9, 3-4; 92)
Recent results:
Lost 80-76 at OSU, Lost 68-62 at Oregon
What is coach Kevin O’Neill doing? He’s playing a seven-man rotation that forces four starters to play at least 32 minutes. He hasn’t taught the Trojans how to score against a zone, which isn’t a good thing considering USC plays ASU on Thursday. He hasn’t been able to motivate Alex Stephenson to play a complete game. And his program is still dealing with the Bryce Jones distraction. On a positive note, Jones’ transfer has given minutes to freshman F Garrett Jackson. Over the last three games, he’s shooting 9-of-17 (.529) and averaging 7.7 points/3.3 rebounds. He scored a total of four points in his eight previous games.
Up next: Thu at ASU, Sat at Arizona
5. (8) California (10-9, 3-4; 55)
Recent results:
Beat USC 68-66, Lost 86-84 to UCLA
This season could be one of Mike Montgomery’s best coaching performances. With the exception of a blowout defeat to UW, the Golden Bears have been in every Pac-10 game this season despite their youth and inexperience. Cal is six points away from a 5-2 record. The Bears could seriously jump back into the conference race over the next two weeks during their four-game home stand. … Over the last eight games, guard Allen Crabbe has hit 22-of-45 (.489) from beyond the arc. He’s the leading Freshman of the Year candidate
Next up: Thu at OSU, Sat. at Oregon
4. (4) Washington State (14-6, 4-4; 69).
Recent results:
Lost 65-63 to Arizona, Beat ASU 78-61
Everyone is watching Faisal Aden’s left knee, which is chronically sore and forced him to miss last week’s game against ASU. If he can’t play or is limited, then WSU’s offense isn’t as efficient. The reserve guard is 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 14.1 points per game. … The Cougars drew 8,850 at Friel Court for Saturday’s game and this season WSU is fifth in the conference at home attendance. Sunday’s game against cross-state rival figures to be the first sellout this season. … Klay Thompson nearly had a triple double last week against ASU. He finished with 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Next up: Sunday vs UW
3. (2) Arizona (16-4, 5-2; 25).
Recent results:
Beat WSU 65-63, Lost 85-68 at UW
Where have you been Jamelle Horne? The senior forward was scoreless in Seattle before draining three big three-pointers in the win over WSU. … The Wildcats have already equaled their win total from last season, which proves coach Sean Miller has Arizona on the right track in his second season. … Many people believe sophomore sensation Derrick Williams is a top 10 NBA draft pick this summer. Even if he leaves, Arizona has a top 20 recruiting class coming in, however, there’s no one on the roster that appears ready to fill the void.
Next up: Thu vs UCLA, Sat vs USC
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2. (3) UCLA (13-6, 5-2; 48)
Recent results:
Beat Stanford 68-57, Beat Cal 86-84
The game of the week pits the Bruins against Arizona with sole possession of second place in the conference on the line. ESPN is televising the game. It should be a great matchup between Bruins sophomore Reeves Nelson (far left) and freshman Joshua Smith (near left) and Arizona’s Williams. The Wildcats backcourt was exposed against Washington and Arizona will have to contend with UCLA guards Malcolm Lee and Lazeric Jones, who was a Player of the Week finalist. … The Bruins have a four-game winning streak, which is the longest in the Pac-10. … Jones is averaging 16.5 points over the last four games. He averaged 20.5 points in the home sweep of the Bay Area schools, shooting a combined 20-of-23 from the free throw line in those two games. … Smith didn’t play last Saturday due to a concussion, which limited the Bruins bench. The reserves combined for just three points against Stanford.
Next up: Thu at Arizona, Sat at ASU
1. (1) Washington (15-4, 7-1; 23)
Recent results:
Beat ASU 88-75, Beat Arizona 85-68
The Huskies biggest problem lately? Which player should they nominate for Pac-10 Player of the Week. Junior G Isaiah Thomas won the award over senior F Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Both had a pair of outstanding performances last week. … Assistant Jim Shaw identified four areas of concern: free throw shooting, three-point defense, finding a consistent third scorer and three-point offense. …. Six of the next eight games are on the road. … The Huskies are 7-1 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1986. The Huskies look to reach the midway point of league play with an 8-1 mark for just the third time (also in 1982 and 1984).
Next up: Sun at WSU. … Justin Holiday has the highest offensive rating in the Pac-10, according to Statsheet.com. Offensive rating is measured by points produced divided by possessions.

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