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January 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 11

In ascending order …
No. 12 (Last week: 12) USC (Record: 5-15, 0-7 Pac-12. RPI: 189)
Recent results:
Lost 78-59 at Oregon State, Lost 65-62 at Oregon
USC is off to its worst ever start in the conference and if the Trojans are going to win a Pac-12 game, then it’s going to be Saturday at home against Utah. Points will be in short supply. The first team to 50 wins. USC’s eight-game losing streak is the longest since 1995.
Up next: Thursday vs. Colorado, Saturday vs. Utah
11. (10) Arizona State (6-13, 2-5; 226)
Recent results:
Lost 64-43 to Utah, Lost 69-54 to Colorado
It’s simple. No Trent Lockett. No chance. The Arizona Republic reported he suffered a recent setback to a severely sprained right ankle that forced him to miss last week’s games. Of the 338 Division I schools, Arizona State is one of nine teams without a senior. The Sun Devils have used seven different starting lineups this season.
Up next: Thu. vs. Washington, Sat. vs. WSU
10. (11) Utah (5-14, 2-5; 253)
Recent result:
Beat Arizona State 64-43, Lost 77-51 to Arizona
Must apologize to Utah fans. I thought they they might finish 0-18 in conference. At this rate, they’ll squeeze out 4-5 wins, which would be a noted achievement considering the roster churn.
Up next: Thu. at UCLA, Sat. at USC

9. (5) UCLA (10-9, 3-4; 142)
Recent results:
Lost 75-68 at Oregon, Lost 87-84 at Oregon State
You’d be hard pressed to find a better big man the past three weeks than sophomore forward Travis Wear who is averaging 17.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in the past five games. Twelve of the top 14 scorers in the Pac-12 are guards or small forwards. Wear leads the league with a 68.4 percent shooting average in conference-only games.
Up next: Thu. vs. Utah, Sat. vs. Colorado
8. (8) Oregon State (13-7, 3-5; 138)
Recent results:
Beat USC 78-59, Beat UCLA 87-84
It’s not too late for Oregon State to make a move get back in the Pac-12 race. However, the next three games are on the road, which doesn’t bode well for the Beavers. They’re are 0-4 in Pac-12 road games. OSU is first in scoring and steals, second in assists and ninth in the standings. The reason? The Beavers are first in steals and second in blocks, but they’re last in field goal defense and opponent’s points per game.
Up next: Sunday at Oregon
7. (9) Washington State (11-8, 3-4; 127)
Recent result:
Beat California 77-75, Beat Stanford 81-69
Not many teams have a senior on the bench who can score 33 points. It may be time to move Faisal Aden into the starting lineup that includes two non-scorers in guard Marcus Capers and F Charlie Enquist. Coach Ken Bone: “We’re just trying to handle that situation as best we can. … (Aden has) handled it well in front of me. … He’s been great. We talked about it a couple of weeks ago and he said ‘No I understand.’ … He understands he’s going to get in the game and he’s going to play.”
Up next: Thu. at Arizona, Sat. at ASU
6. (6) Arizona (13-7, 4-3; 72)
Recent results:
Lost 64-63 at Colorado, Won 77-51 at Utah
Will the real Arizona Wildcats please stand up? Only team in the conference without consecutive wins or losses. The W-L-W-L pattern indicates Arizona can be dynamic and complacent, spectacular and flat, poised and immature, a conference contender and a run-of-the mill squad. Wonder what Arizona has in store Saturday when Washington and ESPN’s GameDay Crew makes a visit.
Up next: Thu. vs. WSU, Sat. vs. UW
5. (7) Colorado (13-6, 5-2; 66)
Recent result:
Beat Arizona 64-63, Beat Arizona State 69-54
Need to see more before moving Colorado among the elite in the Pac-12. A road win in the conference would be a start. Senior guard Carlon Brown and freshmen guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker – Los Angeles natives – should feel at home this week.
Up next: Thu. at USC, Sat. at UCLA
4. (2) Stanford (15-5, 5-3; 81)
Recent results:
Lost 76-63 at UW, Lost 81-69 at WSU
Stanford would be helped if sophomores Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown, who made the Pac-10 all-freshman team last season, weren’t hampered by injuries. Brown, who made the USA under-19 national team, has dealt with sever tendinitis in his knees. Powell has been slowed by an ankle injury.
Up next: Sun. at Cal
3. (4) Washington (12-7, 5-2; 83)
Recent results:
Beat Stanford 76-63, Lost 69-66 to Cal
The best rebounding team in the Pac-12 dominated Stanford 47-32 on the glass last Saturday. Two games prior, Washington outrebounded Washington State 46-24. Terrence Ross is the only Pac-12 player ranked in the top 10 in scoring (15.9, 4th) and rebounding (6.7, T-7th).
Up next: Thu. at ASU, Sat. at Arizona
2. (1) California (16-5, 6-2; 35)
Recent results:
Lost 77-75 at WSU, Won 69-66 at UW
Seems somewhat harsh to knock Cal out of the top spot following a two-point loss on the road. Most Pac-12 coaches believe the Golden Bears are the best in the Pac-12. Arizona coach Sean Miller: “Until somebody in our conference beats Cal at home, to me they are the most consistent team in our conference.” Cal is 13-0 at home.
Up next: Sun. vs. Stan
1. (3) Oregon (15-5, 6-2; 57)
Recent result:
Beat UCLA 75-68, Beat USC 65-62
For the first time in five weeks, we have a new No. 1. It’s about time. Oregon may not be the best team in the Pac-12, but the Ducks are certainly the hottest team in the conference. They’ve won four straight and nine of the past 11 games. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak take notes. This is how you take over a program. Lure a few transfers. Struggle early and kick off the malcontents. Surge late in the season and make a run at a conference title. Dana Altman gets my vote for first-half Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Up next: Sun. vs. OSU

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