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November 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 1

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In ascending order …
No. 12 (Preseason rank: 1) UCLA (Record: 0-2, RPI rank: 247)
Recent results:
Lost 86-66 to Middle Tennessee, Lost 69-58 to Loyola Marymount
Where to start? How about in March when sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt decides to enter the draft. In April junior guard Malcolm Lee leaves the Bruins for the NBA. In May the $100M Pauley Pavilion renovation project begins, which forces the Bruins to play every game on the road this season. In July senior point guard Jerime Anderson is arrested for stealing a laptop from a UCLA student, pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges and is suspended for the first two games of the season. Last week sophomore center Joshua Smith tweets: “Just lost to some straight bums lol” after Loylola Marymount defeat. He apologized. On Monday coach Ben Howland suspends junior Reeves Nelson (right) and the all-conference forward was reinstated Wednesday. UCLA is 0-2 for the first time in nine years.
Up next: Nov. 21 vs Chaminade
Photo credit: Getty Images – Stephen Dunn
11. (12) Utah (1-1, 293)
Recent result:
Lost 80-59 at Boise State, Beat San Diego Christian 58-55
The Larry Krystkowiak era began with narrow win at home against a NAIA school, followed by a blowout defeat at Boise State. The slow start spells trouble for the Utes. The good news: Josh Watkins looks like a baller. He had 23 points in the opener and 19 on Wednesday. The bad news: He needs help. Lots of help. Starting 7-3 center David Foster (foot) is out indefinitely and his backup Jason Washburn has been inconsistent. He had 12 points and 10 rebounds against San Diego Christian College and six rebounds, five points and four turnovers versus BSU.
Up next: Saturday vs Montana State
10. (T-10) Colorado (1-0, 292)
Recent result:
Beat Fort Lewis College 85-57
Very soft opening for the Buffaloes who beat up on Division II team picked to finish fourth in its conference.Things get tougher this week when they face NIT champion Wichita State. Not sure how much anyone learned about CU after the opener. Andre Roberson (13 points and 15 rebounds) and Austin Dufault (18 and 10) had a double double, but consider the opposition.
Up next: Thursday vs. Wichita State


9. (9) Arizona State (1-1, 185)
Recent results:
Lost 66-60 to Pepperdine, Beat Montana State 78-72
No Jahii Carson? Big problems for the Sun Devils. The highly touted freshman point guard was supposed to transform ASU. Instead, he hasn’t been cleared to play by the NCAA and the Sun Devils can’t get their offense on track. They committed 22 turnovers in a season-opening win. They also had 16 turnovers in Tuesday’s loss at home. Coach Herb Sendek is starting a small lineup of four guards and no player taller than 6 foot 7.
Up next: Friday vs. New Mexico
8. (7) USC (1-1, 135)
Recent results:
Lost 64-61 2 OT to Nebraska, Beat Cal State Northridge 66-59
Good to see coach Kevin O’Neil extending the rotation to nine players this season. But he wasn’t lying when he said Maurice Jones was the team’s MVP. The sophomore point guard is averaging 43.5 minutes. He also logged 49 in Monday’s defeat. After shooting 0 for 15 on three-pointers in the opener, the Trojans sank 7 of 23 in the second game.
Up next: Thursday at San Diego State
7. (8) Oregon State (2-0, 219)
Recent results:
Beat West Alabama 93-60, Beat Cal State Bakersfield 86-62
The competition is questionable, but there’s no question Oregon State is improved offensively. The Beavers are averaging 90 points, which is a 21-point improvement from last season. They’re the one of two Pac-12 teams with five players averaging double-digit points. Backup forward Eric Moreland is averaging 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. The Beavers are playing more man-to-man defense and have forced 48 turnovers. They’ve also committed 37 turnovers.
Up next: Wednesday vs. Hofstra
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Photo credit: AP – Jed Conklin
6. (T-10) Washington State (0-1, 342)
Recent result:
Lost 89-81 at No. 22 Gonzaga
Say this much for Washington State, if it plays the rest of the season like it did in the final seven minutes of Monday’s defeat to Gonzaga then the Cougars will be okay. Coach Ken Bone can win with that type of an effort. Not sure why WSU needed to fall behind by 21 points to find its mojo. Newcomers Mike Ladd, the former Rainier Beach High star, and DaVonte Lacy (above) had nice debuts scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Brock Motum, a 6-10 senior forward, played a game-high 37 minutes and led WSU with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Up next: Thursday vs. Sacramento State
5. (5) Oregon (0-1, 278)
Recent result:
Lost 78-64 to No. 7 Vanderbilt
As expected, Wake Forest transfer Tony Woods made an immediate impact for Oregon and scored a team-high 12 points in the Vanderbilt defeat. But who would have figured freshman Brett Kingma, the former Jackson High star, would be the Ducks’ next highest scorer. He had 10 in his debut. After a tough opener, Oregon gets a chance to regain confidence against Eastern Washington and Southeast Missouri State.
Up next: Thursday vs. Eastern Washington
4. (3) No. 22 Arizona (3-0, 15)
Recent results:
Beat Ball State 73-63, Beat Duquesne 67-59
There’s a lot of love flowing towards sophomore Jordin Mayes, who has seemingly replaced highly touted freshman Josiah Turner as the team’s starting point guard. Mayes scored a game-high 19 points against Duquesne and has started the past two games, but he may not be the best long-term solution. The Wildcats have problems on the front line, but their biggest shortcoming is the absence of a lack of a pass-first playmaker. Mayes averaged 1.2 assists last year and he two assists this season.
Up next: Thursday vs. St. John’s
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3. (6) Stanford (3-0, 48)
Recent results:
Beat Colorado State 64-52, Beat Fresno State 75-59
Talk about flying below the radar. Hardly anyone has noticed Stanford’s amazing start. The Cardinal has a 23.3 average margin victory. Coach Johnny Dawkins has found success with a three point-guard lineup that includes: (former Bellevue High standout Aaron Bright (far left), Jarrett Mann and Chasson Randle). It’s an unconventional approach and so far it’s working because everyone is committed to rebounding. Eight players are averaging at least three rebounds per game. Forward Dwight Powell, voted to the Pac-10’s all-freshman team last season, has played just five minutes this season due to a ankle sprain. Stanford plays Seattle University at KeyArena on Dec. 1.
Up next: Friday at UC Davis
Photo credit: AP – Marcio Jose Sanchez
2. (4) Washington (3-0, 37)
Recent results:
Beat Portland 93-63, Beat Florida Atlantic 77-71
Washington has trailed a total of nine seconds this season. Five players are averaging double figure scoring and the sixth – Aziz N’Diaye – is averaging 9.3 points per game. No one in the conference has been better than sophomore guard C.J. Wilcox who is connecting on 61.1 percent (11 of 18) three-pointers. From 1 to 7, not sure anybody in the Pac-12 is better.
Up next: Sunday at Saint Louis
1. (2) California (3-0, 30)
Recent results:
Beat Austin Peay 72-55, Beat George Washington 81-54
California was short-handed last season and it appears as if coach Mike Montgomery is making sure that doesn’t happen again. Seven players are averaging at least 20 minutes. Aside from the Big Three (Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe and Harper Kamp), the Bears are receiving contributions from sophomore forward Richard Solomon (6.0 ppg. and 7.3 rpg) and freshman forward David Kravish (6.3 and 6.3).
Up next: Monday vs. Georgia

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