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February 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Parity rules the day

Stanford senior forward Dwight Powell (left) and Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson returned to college to lead their teams to a NCAA tournament.

Stanford senior forward Dwight Powell (left) and Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson said no to the NBA draft and returned to college to lead their teams to a NCAA tournament.

With nine games remaining in the second half of the Pac-12 season, there’s seven teams within three games of conference leader Arizona. The Wildcats (21-1, 8-1) have a two-game lead over UCLA (17-5, 6-3) and California (15-7, 6-3).

Five teams (Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon State) are tied for fourth place. Oregon and Utah have virtually no chance to win the regular-season Pac-12 title, but each team still harbors NCAA tournament hopes.

Meanwhile, Washington State and USC have proved capable of notching upsets at home.

— Here’s a look at how Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Arizona (2), UCLA (19), Colorado (25), California (43), Oregon (46), Arizona State (47), Stanford (50), Washington (80), Oregon State (88), Utah (118), USC (124) and Washington State (154).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (21), Arizona State (24), Stanford (38), Oregon (40), California (44), Colorado (46), Utah (58), Oregon State (85), Washington (109), USC (132) and Washington State (166).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (19), Arizona State (29), Oregon (40), California (42), Stanford (43), Utah (45),Colorado (58), Oregon State (96), Washington (106), USC (130) and Washington State (196).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Arizona (10), Colorado (12), UCLA (21), Stanford (27), California (43), USC (45), Oregon (48), Washington State (50), Washington (62), Arizona State (72), Oregon State (81) and Utah (136).

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

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

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

1. Arizona (21-1, 8-1) ……. 1 … In Pac-12 games, ranked 11th in FT%, 10th in 3-FG%

2. UCLA (17-5, 6-3) ……… 2 … It’s been a quiet honeymoon for Steve Alford

3. OSU (13-8, 5-4) ……….. 8 … Won 4 of last 5 games; Wonder how they’ll handle success

4. California (15-7, 6-3) …. 6 … Reserves averaging just seven points in last four games

5. Stanford (14-7, 5-4) …… 5 … Time for Dwight Powell to play like a Pac-12 MVP candidate

6. ASU (16-6, 5-4) ………… 4 … The same is true for Jahii Carson. Can’t hold back now

7. Washington (13-9, 5-4) .. 3 … Will small, four-guard lineup hold up in 2nd half of Pac-12 play?

8. Oregon (15-6, 3-6) ……. 7 … Pac-12′s highest scoring team vs. its stingiest (Arizona) on Thu.

9. Colorado (16-6, 5-4) … 10 … 23 of 30 on FTs in Utah win after hitting 9 of 24 the previous game

10. Utah (12-7, 3-6) ………. 9 … Fell to 0-6 on road, but five of next seven games are at home

11. WSU (9-12, 2-7) ……. 12 … No reason D.J. Shelton shouldn’t take 10 shots every game

12. USC (10-12, 1-8) …… 11 … Favorable schedule down the stretch; just one game out of state

Comments | More in Pac-12 Power rankings | Topics: Jeff Sagarin, Ken Pomeroy, RPI


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