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February 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Pac-10 Power Rankings: Week 12

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Paul Sakuma
In ascending order …
No. 10. Last week (10) Arizona State (Record: 9-14, Pac-10: 1-10; RPI rank: 158)
Recent results:
Lost 83-75 at Stanford, Lost 66-62 at California
If the Sun Devils don’t win another game, they’ll finish with their worst ever Pac-10 record. They were 2-16 in 1996-97 and ’06-07. ASU’s nine-game Pac-10 losing streak is the third longest since it joined the conference in 1978-79. In ’06-07, the Devils suffered 14 straight defeats and in ’96-97 they lost 11 in a row. … If there’s any solace, Arizona State hasn’t given up on the season. The average margin of defeat in the past four games is 3.8 points. … Rebounding is a major concern. ASU is last in the Pac-10 with a minus-9 rebounding margin against conference opponents.
Next up: Sunday vs Arizona
9. (7) USC (12-11, 4-6; 84)
Recent results:
Lost 64-50 at UCLA
The Trojans are happy to be home this week where they are 9-3 this season and opponents are shooting 37.5 percent from the field at the Galen Center. In five Pac-10 home games, league opponents are shooting just 36.1 percent. … USC managed just 50 points – a season low – in its last outing. When the Trojans look back on this season, they’ll regret wasting an amazing season from junior forward Nikola Vucevic. They’ll also have to re-think their backcourt. Starting guards Maurice Jones, Jio Fontan and Marcus Simmons combined to score just seven points on three-for-12 shooting last week against UCLA. Fontan has been a disappointment so far. Coach Kevin O’Neill heralded the Fordham transfer as the best player on the team, but he’s been scoreless in two of the past three games. Moving him to point guard last week also produced mixed results. Fontan had three assists as did freshman Maurice Jones, who moved from point guard to shooting guard.
Up next: Thursday vs Oregon State, Saturday vs Oregon
8. (8) Stanford (12-10, 5-6; 133)
Recent result:
Beat Arizona State 83-75, Lost 78-69 to Arizona
Guess who’s back? Jeremy Green (above, left) tallied 23 and 21 points last week against ASU and Arizona respectively. He connected on 7 of 14 three-pointers and averaged 6.0 rebounds in both games. … Junior forward Josh Owens averaged 14.5 points, shooting 8-of-12, and 8.5 rebounds last week.
Next up: Thu at Washington State, Sat at Washington

7. (9) Oregon State (9-13, 4-7; 226)
Recent results:
Lost 61-55 to WSU, Beat UW 68-56
The Beavers played nearly a flawless game in the 14-point upset over the Huskies and turned trigger happy in the next game against Washington State. They missed 15 of 17 three-pointers and received seven combined points from three starters. … We said it here a few weeks ago, but keep an eye on freshman forward Devon Collier who appears to have tremendous potential. He posted his first career double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) against WSU. The Beavers are building around rising star Jared Cunningham, but Collier should be a solid player for the next three years. … Going forward OSU must decide if freshman Ahmad Starks is the point guard of the future.
Next up: Thu at USC, Sat at UCLA
6. (1) Washington (15-7, 7-4; 42)
Recent results:
Lost 81-76 at Oregon, Lost 68-56 at OSU
After five weeks at the top of the rankings, the Huskies stumbled off the perch in a big way and landed at No. 6. It’s the lowest they’ve been ranked this season and it’s an unlikely spot for a team that still has aspirations of making a deep run in the NCAA tournament. But before UW can even think about the postseason, it has to stop its three-game losing streak. … Junior guard Isaiah Thomas moved into 10th place on UW’s all-time scoring list on Saturday. He has 1,497 points. Thomas is 52 points away from overtaking James Edwards (1,548) who is No. 7. Louis Nelson (1,504) is ninth and Steve Hawes (1,516) is eighth. … Matthew Bryan-Amaning has scored at least 20 points in six games this season.
Next up: Thu vs Cal, Sat vs Stanford
5. (4) Washington State (16-7, 6-5; 70).
Recent results:
Won 61-55 at OSU, Lost 69-43 at Oregon
The Cougars 16 overall wins and six conference victories match last season’s record, which are good signs for WSU fans and suggests coach Ken Bone has the program going in the right direction in just his second year. … After an emotional win over cross-state rival Washington, the Cougars played their worst game of the season at Oregon. They shot 25.9 percent (14 of 54) from the field and 16 percent (4 of 2) on three-pointers. Still, WSU managed a split to keep its conference titel hopes alive. … Washington State’s defense is scary good. It’s allowing Pac-10 opponents to shoot 39.3 percent from the field. … Junior guard Klay Thompson still leads the conference in overall scoring with 21.2 points per game. He needs 54 points to move into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Next up: Thu vs Stanford, Sat vs Cal
4. (6) Oregon (12-11, 5-6; 129)
Recent results:
Beat UW 81-76, Beat WSU 69-43
If the Ducks win a few more games, then Dana Altman should be the unanimous Coach of the Year winner. Consider what he’s done in his first year. Oregon was ripped apart by transfers and defections in the offseason. The Ducks were also under NCAA investigation involving eligibility issues with former players. They had a six-game midseason losing streak and at one point had lost nine of 13 games. Everything changed in the past month. Oregon is 5-2 in the last seven games. The Ducks experimented with nine different lineups this season, but they’ve stuck with the same starting five the last five games. … They swept the Washington schools without junior forward Jeremy Jacob and they’re receiving contributions from nearly every part of the roster. … Fifth-year senior forward Joevan Catron, won the Pac-10 Player of the Week award on Monday, is in the discussion when talking about the best big men in the conference.
Next up: Thu at UCLA, Sat at USC
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3. (5) California (13-10, 6-5; 65)
Recent results:
Lost 107-105 3OT to Arizona, Beat ASU 66-62
In Saturday’s three-hour marathon, junior forward Harper Kamp (right, middle) played all 55 minutes and scored a career-high 33 points. Freshman guard Allen Crabbe played 54 minutes and scored 27 points while freshman guard Brandon Smith played 53 minutes. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez scored a career-high 25 points in 40 minutes. Coach Mike Montgomery basically used a seven-man rotation in the longest Pac-10 game since the Bears won in triple overtime at Washington in 2009. You have to wonder if Cal is primed for a major letdown after the emotional defeat. … Cal has established a Big Three in Kamp, Crabbe and Gutierrez and the Bears are hitting their peak. Kamp has averaged 17.5 points in the past 12 games. Crabbe has averaged 17.6 points in the past 10 games and Gutierrez is averaging 19 points in the past four games.
Next up: Thu at UW, Sat. at WSU
2. (3) UCLA (16-7, 7-3; 40)
Recent results:
Beat St. John’s 66-59, Beat USC 64-50
The Bruins have won seven of their last eight and 13 of their last 16 games. Like it or not, when UCLA is strong, it’s good for everyone in the Pac-10 because it is a traditional powerhouse that has name recognition and a little sway with national college basketball observers. … The Bruins are peaking at the right time. Freshman center Joshua Smith averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 13-of-19 (.684) from the field in a pair of wins last week. … Sophomore forward Reeves Nelson posted a career-high 17 rebounds in the win over St. John’s. He has recorded four double-doubles in the last six games, averaging 14.5 points and 11.7 rebounds, while shooting 34-of-53 (.642) over that span. Nelson has recorded double digit rebounds in each of those six games.
Next up: Thu vs. Ore, Sat vs OSU
1. (2) Arizona (20-4, 9-2; 16).
Recent results:
Won 107-105 3OT at Cal, Won 78-69 at Stanford
Since losing to Washington, Arizona has won five in a row. The Widcats are also winners in eight of their past nine and 12 of the last 14. They haven’t lost consecutive games this season and here’s the scarier thing for everyone else in the Pac-10, they’re getting better. Arizona used rely solely on sophomore stud Derrick Williams, but not anymore. Sophomore guard Lamont Jones is is averaging 19.0 points, shooting 25-of-42 (.595) from the field in the last four games. Sophomore Swingman Kevin Parrom posted a career-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooing, with six rebounds and six assists in the classic win over Cal. Arizona enters a difficult five-game stretch starting with a rematch at rival ASU followed by games against the Washington schools and a trip to Los Angeles. The Cats could go 2-3 or 1-4 easily.
Next up: Sun at ASU
Source: Pac-10

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