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February 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 14

In ascending order …
No. 12. (Last week: 11) USC (Record: 6-20, 1-12 Pac-12; RPI: 230)
Recent results:
Lost 59-47 to Stanford, Lost 75-49 to California
Long week for USC, which plays today and is off until Feb. 23. The season can’t end soon enough for the Trojans, which may not win another game. They’ve lost four straight and each game looks the same. USC keeps it close for about half and run out of game in the second half because it only has six healthy scholarship players. USC got a glimpse of life without star guard Maurice Jones in loss to Cal and it wasn’t pretty.
Up next: Wednesday at UCLA
11. (12) Utah (6-20, 1-12; 274)
Recent result:
Lost 70-61 at Arizona, Lost 57-52 at Arizona State
The good news. Next three games for Utah are at home where it is 5-7. The bad news. The opponents are Colorado, California and Stanford who have a combined 54-24 record. I called the Utes out last week for playing uninspired, but they gave gritty efforts albeit in a defeat last week. Utah has a six-game losing streak.
Up next: Saturday vs. Colorado
10. (10) Arizona State (8-17, 4-9; 229)
Recent results:
Lost 63-49 to Colorado, Beat Utah 57-52
Only team in the conference without consecutive wins. Among the bottom feeders, Arizona State has several nice young players who can take advantage of their playing time and make a bigger impact next season. Keep an eye on freshman forward Jonathan Gilling and center Jordan Bachynski. It’s been somewhat of a lost season for Trent Lockett, who never had a chance to get comfortable. He switched positions and moved to point guard and missed six games due to an ankle injury.
Up next: Thu. at Washington, Sat. at Washington State

9. (6) Oregon State (15-10, 5-8; 143)
Recent results:
Lost 75-72 to UW, Lost 83-73 to WSU
With five games left, another loss officially eliminates Oregon State from the Pac-12 regular-season title chase. However, the Beavers fell out of contention last week after being swept at home. Now they face the difficult task of traveling to the Bay Area where they’ve been swept the past two seasons.
Up next: Thu. at Stanford, Sat. at Cal
8. (8) Stanford (17-8, 7-6; 105)
Recent results:
Won 59-47 at USC, Lost 72-61 at UCLA
Stanford hasn’t beaten a quality team in over a month. Their last impressive outing was an 84-64 victory at home against Colorado. Since then, the Cardinal is 2-5 with wins over Arizona State and USC. Stanford still has a lot to play for and it’s not too late to turn the season around. It’s not going to win the Pac-12, but the Cardinal could finish among the top four in the standings and receive a first-day bye in the conference tournament. Stanford has a deep bench, which could fare well on three-games-in-three-days tournament format.
Up next: Thu. vs. OSU, Sun vs. Oregon
7. (9) Washington State (13-12, 5-8; 150)
Recent result:
Lost 78-69 at Oregon, Won 83-73 at Oregon State
Another loss officially eliminates Washington State from the Pac-12 race. Junior forward Brock Motum could be the face of the Pac-12 next season. It’s unlikely he’ll leave school in the offseason and he should receive plenty of preseason attention. This season, he came out of nowhere and is second in the conference in scoring. Motom had a streak of 20-point games stopped at four. He’s averaging 25.2 points in the past five games.
Up next: Thu. vs Arizona, Sat. vs ASU
6. (7) UCLA (14-11, 7-6; 124)
Recent results:
Lost 73-63 to Cal, Beat Stanford 72-61
UCLA lost for the first time in the conference at home, which is somewhat impressive considering the Bruins are playing at the Sports Arena while Pauley Pavilion undergoes a makeover. UCLA can help the Pac-12 with a nonconference win against St. John’s at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The game is televised by CBS and the last thing the basketball world needs to see is a middle of the pack Pac-12 team lose against a bad Big East team.
Up next: Wed. vs. USC, Sat. at St. John’s
5. (4) Colorado (17-8, 9-4; 74)
Recent result:
Won 63-49 at Arizona State, Lost 57-51 at Arizona
Sophomore forward Andre Roberson has a league high 15 double doubles, just four shy of the best in the nation. He’s closing in on the school’s all-time single season rebounding record. The Pac-12’s leading rebounder needs to average 9.8 rebounds over CU’s final five regular-season games to surpass the 57-year-old mark. Roberson is currently averaging 11.1 rebounder per game.
Up next: Sat. at Utah
4. (1) Washington (17-8, 10-3; 62)
Recent results:
Won 75-72 at OSU, Lost 82-57 at Oregon
One loss on the road wouldn’t normally drop you so far in the rankings, but it’s going to take awhile to forget that 25-point beat down at Oregon. Good thing for the Huskies they have short memories. Washington recovered quickly and pulled out an impressive win at Oregon State. Nothing has come easy for this squad lately. C.J. Wilcox (hip) is in a shooting slump, which coincides with the Huskies dismal performance on three-pointers. In the past three games they are 9 for 47 behind the arc (19.1 percent) while Wilcox is 4 of 17 (23.5 percent).
Up next: Thu. vs. ASU, Sat. vs Arizona
3. (5) California (20-6, 10-3; 36)
Recent results:
Won 73-63 at UCLA, Won 75-49 at USC
Ken Pomeroy’s computer really likes California. He has them No. 16 in the nation his ratings above 12th-ranked Marquette, Michigan (17), Louisville (19) and Virginia (22). The Golden Bears have won three straight, but it’s impossible to move them any higher after losing two of the previous three games. Still I got a feeling Cal will continue to rise up the rankings next week. The Bears have a difficult rematch against Oregon. Cal thrashed the Ducks 77-60 in Eugene on Jan. 8. Next week Cal plays at Colorado.
Up next: Thu. vs. Oregon, Sat vs. OSU
2. (3) Oregon (18-7, 9-4; 67)
Recent result:
Beat UW 82-57, Beat WSU 78-69
It’s put up or shut up time for Oregon, which has lost the past eight games to California. Four of the defeats have been blowouts. Oregon appears to be peaking at the right time, which makes sense considering four of its top six scorers – Devoe Joseph (15.7 ppg), Olu Ashaolu (8.1), Tony Woods (6.5) and Carlos Emory (5.2) – did not play for the Ducks last season. Oregon is six points from having a nine-game winning streak. The Ducks lost 72-71 on a last-second questionable call at Colorado and were beaten at home 76-71 by Oregon State. Junior forward E.J. Singler won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award on Monday. He’s averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in the past six games.
Up next: Thu. at Cal, Sun. at Stanford
1. (2) Arizona (18-8, 9-4; 66)
Recent results:
Beat Utah 70-61, Beat Colorado 71-57
When you’re the richest basketball school in the conference you can do things like charter a flight to Spokane and bus to Pullman. After Thursday’s game, Arizona is chartering another flight to Seattle to lessen the travel burden. Since the 69-67 loss to Washington, the Wildcats have won four consecutive games and appears as if they’ve hit their stride. Everything is on the line for Arizona this week. If the Wildcats return home with a sweep, it’s a good chance they’ll win the Pac-12 title and secure an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. Arizona plays the Los Angeles schools at home next week and finishes at ASU. Thursday’s WSU game won’t be easy. Arizona won 65-63 in Pullman last year and lost 78-60 in 2010.
Up next: Thu. at WSU, Sat. at UW

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