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January 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Is Hallice Cooke the missing piece for Oregon State?

Freshman guard Hallice Cooke has provided Oregon State a lift since he's been inserted in the starting lineup. (Photo credit:  Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics

Freshman guard Hallice Cooke has provided Oregon State a lift since he’s been inserted in the starting lineup.
(Photo credit: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics

No change with the bottom three teams in this week’s Pac-12 Power Ranking and there’s very little movement among the top three.

However, the other six teams jostle for spots which is another example of the parity that exists in the conference after you get past Arizona. The eighth and ninth teams in our rankings are projected as NCAA tournament qualifiers by most bracket gurus.

— Here’s a look at how the Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Arizona (2), Colorado (19), Oregon (27), UCLA (28), California (33), Stanford (55), Arizona State (59), Washington (86), Oregon State (101), USC (105), Utah (130) and Washington State (135).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (24), California (29), Arizona State (34), Oregon (36), Colorado (45), Stanford (47), Utah (60), Oregon State (99), Washington (113), USC (158) and Washington State (162).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (27), California (30), Arizona State (37), Oregon (45), Stanford (43), Utah (50), Colorado (54), Washington (106), Oregon State (105), USC (141) and Washington State (168).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Arizona (2), Colorado (19), Oregon (27), UCLA (30), California (35), Stanford (54), Arizona State (59), Washington (85), Oregon State (92), USC (106), Utah (129) and Washington State (133).

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

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

Team (record) ………….. Last wk … Comment

1. Arizona (18-0, 5-0) …….. 1 … Hardly tested first 3 weeks in Pac-12, but that’s going to change

2. California (14-5, 5-0) ….. 3 … Game of Week: at UCLA. Justin Cobbs vs. Kyle Anderson

3. UCLA (14-4, 3-2) ………. 2 … Bill Walton is not going to like this, but top five scorers are guards

4. Utah (14-4, 3-3) ……….. 7 … Needed tougher non-conference schedule; 0-3 in road games

5. Stanford (12-5, 3-2) …… 9 … Chasson Randle just might be the best guard in the Pac-12

6. OSU (10-7, 2-3) ……….. 8 … 2-1 since freshman PG Hallice Cooke replaced Challe Barton

7. Washington (11-8, 3-3) .. 4 … Size matters. Allowed 80.5 ppg. and 54.6 FG% in past two games

8. Colorado (15-4, 4-2) ….. 5 … Time for Askia Booker to show if he’s a leader or not

9. Oregon (13-4, 1-4) ……. 6 … Four-game losing streak after starting 13-0, ranked 10th in polls

10. ASU (13-5, 2-3) …….. 10 … Jermaine Marshall (groin) questionable, Jahii Carson slumping

11. WSU (8-10, 1-5) ……. 11 … DaVonte Lacy (ribs) expected to miss another 2-4 weeks

12. USC (9-9, 0-5) ……… 12 … More likely: Going winless in Pac-12 or Arizona goes undefeated?

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