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December 1, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 3

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Jae C. Hong
In ascending order …
No. 12 (Last week: 12) Utah (Record: 1-5, RPI: 318)
Recent result:
Lost 87-65 to NC-Asheville, Lost 89-75 to Massachusetts, Lost 75-47 to Montana State
Utah has a five-game losing streak and its only win is a three-point victory at home against NAIA San Diego Christian College. The Utes surrender an average of 76 points per game, which is the wost in the conference. Coach Larry Krystkowiak knew it was going to be a difficult rebuilding job, but this is ridiculous. Utah is unlikely to win a Pac-12 game and its best chance at notching a win against a Division I team is Dec. 16 when Idaho State comes to visit. Utah’s inactive players (David Foster (injured foot), Corbin Green (injured back), Aaron Dotson (transfer), Glen Dean (transfer) and Alexander Ricketts) could probably beat the starters.
Up next: Saturday at Fresno State
11. (11) UCLA (2-4, 235)
Recent results:
Beat Pepperdine 62-39
Amazing how quickly coach Ben Howland trashed the idea of starting four forwards. Now he’s opting for a three-guard lineup. He’s also starting foul-prone Joshua Smith instead of bringing the sophomore center off the bench. The strategy didn’t work in the win over Pepperdine and Smith logged just 12 minutes. Still, the Bruins won convincingly and notched their first victory against a Division I team. That’s a big step for UCLA. Howland may need to oust players who are a distraction such as Reeves Nelson and hand the keys to newcomers David and Travis Wear (above).
Up next: Saturday vs. Texas
10. (10) Arizona State (2-4, 260)
Recent results:
Lost 68-64 to DePaul, Beat Wake Forest 84-56, Lost 55-44 to Fairfield
Still no news on freshman point guard Jahii Carson, who is ineligible due to academic concerns. Arizona State desperately needs the playmaker because the offense is chaotic. The Sun Devils have 63 assists and 111 turnovers. Their 18.5 turnovers per game is extremely high considering coach Herb Sendek favors ball-control offense. Junior guard Trent Lockett is third in the Pac-12 averaging 17.5 points per game.
Up next: Saturday at Tulsa


9. (6) Washington State (3-4, 204)
Recent result:
Beat Grambling State 69-37, Lost 64-63 to UC-Riverside, Lost 72-62 to New Mexico, Lost 74-59 to Oklahoma
The offense has disappeared recently. Washington State averaged 81 points in the first three games, it’s averaging 63.3 points in the past four. The Cougars traveled to southern California last week and were swept 0-3 in the Anaheim Classic. They returned to Pullman on Wednesday and destroyed Grambling State – one of the worst teams in Division I. Junior guard Mike Ladd (sprained right thumb) missed the past two games and senior wing Abe Lodwick (broken foot) has yet to play this season. The Cougars have played just only one home game. Six of the next seven games are at ‘home’, including one in Seattle and two in Spokane. The one road game is eight miles away at Idaho.
Up next: Saturday vs. Eastern Washington
8. (9) USC (4-4, 197)
Recent results:
Won 56-35 at UC Riverside, Beat South Carolina 63-60, Lost 66-55 to UNLV
Hard-luck USC lost 7-foot center Dewayne Dedmon for 4-6 weeks due to a stress injury in his right foot. It’s a significant blow to the Trojans who lost their best player Jio Fontan, a senior guard, to a season-ending knee injury during an exhibition game. Dedmon arguably has more talent than Fontan and coach Kevin O’Neill said he’s a future NBA lottery pick. Transfer James Blasczyk, a 7-1 junior, takes Dedmon’s place in the lineup. The Trojans will rely even more on Maurice Jones if that’s possible. The sophomore guard averages 40.7 minutes per game.
Up next: Saturday at Minnesota
7. (8) Colorado (4-3, 101)
Recent result:
Lost 65-64 at Colorado State, Beat Georgia 70-68
Colorado State needed a layup in the final 10 seconds Wednesday to beat Colorado and snap the Buffaloes’ three-game winning streak. Sophomore guard Andre Roberson is tabbed as the No. 6 pick in a 2013 mock draft. He has four double doubles, but he’s also been held to fewer than five points in three games. Roberson’s 12.0 rebounding average ranks fourth in the nation. The Buffs own a 26-game non-conference home winning streak and they have an eight-game home stand. Colorado doesn’t to leave the Events Center until Jan. 12 when it travels to California.
Up next: Wednesday vs. Fresno State
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6. (7) No. 23 Arizona (5-2, 12)
Recent results:
Won 83-76 at New Mexico State
If Solomon Hill is going to dish out seven assists like he did against New Mexico State, then maybe Arizona doesn’t need a pass-first point guard directing the offense. The junior forward has been amazingly consistent in the past five games, but he was really good against the Aggies when he tallied 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting, a personal best seven assists and six rebounds. Coach Sean Miller replaced junior center Kyryl Natyazhko with freshman guard Nick Johnson and the Wildcats stopped their two-game skid. Tuesday’s game is one of the reasons why highly touted freshman guard Josiah Turner (right) draws comparisons to Washington’s Tony Wroten Jr. Turner came off the bench and played 21 minutes. He finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, four turnovers and five fouls. Turner also shot 3 of 7 from the field, 0 for 2 on three-pointers and 6 of 10 at the line.
Up next: Saturday vs. Northern Arizona
Photo credit: Getty Images – Patrick McDermott
5. (5) Washington (4-1, 50)
Recent results:
Beat Houston Baptist 88-65
Lorenzo Romar needs one win to reach 200 at Washington. He is 199-103 during his 10-year run with the Huskies and 292-191 all-time. Three UW players lead the Pac-12 in statistical categories: Aziz N’Diaye is first with 2.0 blocked shots per game. Abdul Gaddy tops the league with a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. And C.J. Wilcox is averaging 3.2 three-pointers per game. The Huskies have won a school record 31 straight non-conference home games. They play the next three away from Hec Ed. Washington returns from Nevada Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon for New York. The Huskies will spend six days in the Big Apple.
Up next: Friday at Nevada
4. (4) Oregon (4-1, 42)
Recent result:
Beat UTEP 64-59
No Jabari Brown. No Bruce Barron. No problem. Oregon is 3-0 since it began losing freshman guards. The Ducks are also riding a four-game winning streak, which is the longest in the Pac-12. With the departure of Washington’s Isaiah Thomas, Jonathan Loyd may be the best little man in the conference. The 5 foot 8 sophomore guard tallied a career-high this week against UTEP and he should get more scoring chances now that he’s replaced Brown in the lineup. Coach Dana Altman is starting Loyd next to 6-1 Garrett Sim, which gives Oregon one of the smallest back courts in the Pac-12. It’s paying dividends now, but it could be a problem against teams like Washington.
Up next: Saturday vs. BYU in Salt Lake City
3. (3) Oregon State (5-1, 35)
Recent results:
Won 66-46 at Towson.
Coach Craig Robinson on becoming too complacent with winning: “I suspect that this team can appreciate where we have been. Most of these guys have been around for enough time where they know the times when we weren’t playing well; enough that we won’t take any of this for granted and we want to keep having this feeling.” After a 2-1 road trip, OSU plays the next five games at home. The Beavers will likely be favored in the next six contests and could enter Pac-12 play with an 11-1 record.
Up next: Sunday vs. Montana
2. (2) California (6-1, 30)
Recent results:
Beat McNeese State 73-57, Beat Denver 80-59
Big test Sunday when the Golden Bears travel down the coast to face San Diego State (7-2) for supremacy in the Golden State. The only other time Cal faced a quality opponent, it was drubbed 92-53 by No. 13 Missouri. Coach Mike Montgomery continues to rely heavily on a seven-man rotation. Cal is winning games at the free throw line. Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobb are each 21 of 23 at the line and tied for second in the Pac-12 with a 91.3 free throw shooting percentage.
Up next: Sunday at San Diego State
1. (1) Stanford (6-1, 60)
Recent results:
Beat Pacific 79-37, Lost 69-63 to No. 4 Syracuse, Beat Oklahoma State 82-67
Washington fans can get a glimpse at one of the best teams in the Pac-12 when it plays Seattle University 7 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena. The game will also be televised on ROOT Sports. It’s a homecoming for former Bellevue High standout Aaron Bright and Vashon Island High star John Gage. Bright has been a main contributor for the Cardinal. The sophomore guard is shooting 53.1 percent (17 of 32) on three-pointers. He’s also second on the team with a 12.1 scoring average. Stanford may have one of the deepest teams in the conference. Eleven players average eight minutes per game.
Up next: Thursday at Seattle University

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