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December 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Pac-12 Rankings: Is Stanford turning the corner?

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins knows this is a make-or-break season with the Cardinal. (Danny Moloshok - Associated Press)

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins knows this is a make-or-break season with the Cardinal. (Danny Moloshok – Associated Press)

Plenty of movement in the Pac-12 Power Rankings as the non-conference season winds down.

No one had a better week than Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins who led the Cardinal to a 53-51 victory at No. 10 Connecticut, which just might have been the biggest win during his six-year coaching tenure.

After consecutive trips to the National Invitation Tournament, the pressure is on Dawkins to make the NCAA tournament for the first time. The Cardinal got off to a bumpy start and lost 112-103 at home to BYU on Nov. 11. Stanford also stumbled badly against Pittsburgh in an 88-67 defeat on Nov. 26.

Since then, the Cardinal have won three in a row. A win on Saturday against Michigan at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York would cap a very impressive road trip for Stanford and Dawkins.

— Here’s a look at how the Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Colorado (5), Oregon (6), Arizona (12), Stanford (39), UCLA (52), California (62), Arizona State (76), Washington State (107), USC (114),  Utah (129), Washington (158) and Oregon State (159).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), Oregon (15), Colorado (28), Arizona State (30), UCLA (31), Stanford (41), Utah (60), California (69), Washington State (113), Oregon State (126), USC (136) and Washington (144).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (4), Oregon (20), Colorado (30), UCLA (34), Stanford (38), Arizona State (43), California (59), Utah (74), Washington State (97), Oregon State (102), USC (119) and Washington (124).

And finally, here’s our take on the conference.

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

Team ………. Last wk … Record … Comment

1. Arizona ………. 1 … 12-0 … Few flaws with this juggernaut, but Wildcats shoot just 66.6% FT

2. Oregon ………. 3 … 10-0 … Ducks (89.3 ppg., 3rd in nation) face BYU (88.6, 5th) on Saturday

3. Colorado …….. 2 … 10-1 … Return to MGM Grand in Las Vegas to play No. 7 OSU on Saturday

4. Stanford ……… 8 … 8-2 … Odd dynamic when F Dwight Powell is top play maker at 4.1 apg.

5. Arizona State … 5 … 9-2 … Michigan State transfer Brandan Kearney eligible to play on Sat.

6. Utah …………… 6 … 10-1 … Schedule (ranked 346th) is soft as butter, but 10 wins is 10 wins

7. UCLA ………….. 4 … 9-2 … In two biggest games (Mizzou and Duke), outscored by 26 points

8. California ……… 7 … 8-3 … Justin Cobbs may be the leader, but Richard Solomon is MOP

9. Oregon State … 10 … 6-2 … Roberto Nelson roped into throwing punch; may miss Sat. game

10. Wash. State … 11 … 6-4 … Last in Pac-12 with 71.2 ppg., 44.0 FG% and opponents’ 65.3 ppg.

11. Washington … 12 … 6-4 … Help may arrive next week if Desmond Simmons (knee) returns

12. USC …………. 9 … 7-4 … Lots of roster issues first-year coach Andy Enfield needs to work out

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