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January 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 10

In ascending order …
No. 12 (Last week: 12) USC (Record: 5-13, 0-5 Pac-12. RPI: 163)
Recent results:
Lost 66-47 at UCLA
It’s getting to the point where you have to wonder if USC will win a Pac-12 game. Got to believe the Trojans will find a victory somewhere because of their suffocating defense. Still, it’s their worst conference start in 24 years. In 1988, the USC began 0-5 in the Pac-10 before finishing 5-12. Coach Kevin O’Neill admits: “It’s not much fun right now, but the value of the experience of going through tough times will make them better down the line.”
Up next: Saturday at Oregon, Thursday at Oregon State
11. (10) Utah (4-13, 1-4; 249)
Recent result:
Lost 81-45 at California, Lost 68-65 at Stanford
I was inclined to drop Utah to the bottom of the rankings after it kicked leading scorer Josh Watkins off the team today. Can’t imagine things getting worse for this team. Watkins was not only their best player, the fiery, emotional senior guard was their identity. The Utes will be hard pressed to win another game.
Up next: Thu. vs. Arizona, Sat. vs. Arizona State
10. (11) Arizona State (6-11, 2-3; 185)
Recent results:
Beat Oregon State 76-66, Lost 67-58 to Oregon
Also inclined to dump Arizona State into last place because the Sun Devils likely won’t have Trent Lockett (ankle) this week. The versatile junior took over the point guard duties after Keala King was kicked off the team. Lockett leads ASU in scoring, steals and is second in rebounds. That’s a lot to overcome.
Up next: Thu. at Colorado, Sat. at Utah

9. (9) Washington State (9-8, 1-4; 155)
Recent result:
Lost 75-65 at Washington
If Washington State doesn’t improve it’s rebounding, then second-half blowouts like that one that happened Sunday in Seattle will continue. The Cougars were outrebounded 24-8 in the second half and 46-24 in the game. UW had 22 offensive rebounds. Senior Faisal Aden told the News Tribune the Huskies were playing volleyball. “We’re not big and athletic like other teams, but 20 offensive rebounds is ridiculous.”
Up next: Thu. vs. Stanford, Sat. vs. Cal
8. (8) Oregon State (11-7, 1-5; 148)
Recent results:
Lost 76-66 at ASU, Lost 81-73 OT at Arizona
One of the most confusing teams in the Pac-12. Oregon State looks good on paper, but it lacks the maturity to finish games. The Beavers have lost two overtime games and in the clutch, Jared Cunningham, the team’s best player, disappears. This was supposed to be the year when coach Craig Robinson turned things around. He talked about earning a NCAA tournament berth. At this rate, OSU would be lucky to play in the CBI. If the Beavers fail to advance to the postseason, then the seat below Robinson should start to get warm.
Up next: Thu. vs. UCLA, Sat. vs. USC
7. (6) Colorado (11-6, 3-2; 63)
Recent result:
Lost 84-64 at Stanford, Lost 57-50 at Colorado
Expect to Colorado to struggle – especially on the road – in Saturday games. It takes awhile for coaches to understand how to prepare their teams for the second game in a Pac-12 road trip. “Right now we’re mediocre, three wins at home and two losses on the road,” coach Tad Boyle told the Daily Camera. “Until we learn to win on the road, we’re going to be in the muck.’
Up next: Thu. vs. ASU, Sat. vs. Arizona
6. (5) Arizona (12-6, 3-2; 66)
Recent results:
Lost 59-57 to Oregon, Beat Oregon State 81-73 OT
In eight games Arizona has trailed at the 10-minute mark and gone on to lose six times. The Wildcats are 3-5 when trailing at halftime and 1-5 when trailing with five minutes to go in the second half. The best point guard on the team is coach Sean Miller, who ripped the Wildcats this week. He told the Arizona Daily Star: “It’s hard to have fun doing anything in college basketball when your team is as inept at taking care of the ball as we have become.”
Up next: Thu. at Utah, Sat. at Colorado
5. (7) UCLA (10-7, 3-2; 107)
Recent results:
Won 66-47 at USC
You knew this team wouldn’t stay down for long. Ben Howland is too good of a coach to allow that to happen. But before UCLA can consider itself a conference contender again, it has to win a road game against a Division I team. The Bruins are 0-4 away from home, not including a win at Chaminade. Sophomore F Travis Wear made 5-of-5 from the free throw line against USC to push his consecutive made free throws streak to 20, the longest of any Bruin in three years.
Up next: Thu. at OSU, Sat. at Oregon
4. (4) Washington (11-6, 4-1; 95)
Recent results:
Beat Washington State 75-65
No shift among the top four this week, but the order won’t remain the same for long because Washington hosts California and Stanford this week. Not suggesting losing C.J. Wilcox (hip) is a good thing, but last year Abdul Gaddy suffered a season-ending knee injury and Isaiah Thomas took control and carried the Huskies to the NCAA tournament. Without Wilcox, wonder if Terrence Ross will do the same.
Up next: Thu. vs. Cal, Sat. vs. Stanford
3. (3) Oregon (13-5, 4-2; 55)
Recent result:
Won 59-57 at Arizona, Won 67-58 at Arizona State
I was really inclined to bump Oregon to the No. 1 spot by virtue of its sweep in the desert last week. It’s the second time in 34 years the Ducks won at Arizona and Arizona State. More important, Oregon has three road wins in the conference, the most of any Pac-12 team. No one else has more than one. The Ducks have won seven of their last nine games. They have a three-game homestand before traveling to face the Pac-12 newcomers. Oregon may have a seven game winning streak when Washington visits Feb. 9. “We got an important stretch here coming up,” coach Dana Altman said.
Up next: Thu. vs. USC, Sat. vs. UCLA
2. (2) Stanford (15-3, 5-1; 73)
Recent results:
Beat Colorado 84-64, Beat Utah 68-65
Try picking an MVP on this team? Stanford is the deepest team in the conference. Ten players average 10 minutes. The Cardinal’s balance is amazing. Last week, reserve forward Josh Huestis was the team’s best player. Other games it’s been freshman guard Chasson Randle. Sometimes it’s big man Josh Owens. Sophomore Aaron Bright is the most improved player on the squad and Anthony Brown may be the most talented.
Up next: Thu. at WSU, Sat. at UW
1. (1) California (15-4, 5-1; 38)
Recent results:
Beat Utah 81-45, Beat Colorado 57-50
We’ve been railing on coach Mike Montgomery for years to develop his bench. When California posted lopsided wins early in the season you wondered why reserves weren’t getting more playing time. Cal’s thin bench will be tested now that sophomore forward Richard Solomon, the team’s leading rebounder and top backup, has been ruled academically ineligible the rest of the season.
Up next: Thu. at UW, Sat. at WSU

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