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February 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: UCLA assumes top spot

UCLA guard Kyle Anderson races towards his bench smiling after blocking a shot in the final second of UCLA's 70-68 win over Oregon on Jan. 30. The Bruins play host to Colorado on Thursday. (Photo credit: Associated Press)

UCLA guard Kyle Anderson has the Bruins positioned to make a run for a Pac-12 regular-season title. (Photo credit: Associated Press)

UCLA and Arizona State are 6-1 in their last seven games, which moves them ahead of Arizona – 2-2 in last four games – in our Pac-12 Power Rankings. It’s the first time this season, the Wildcats have not been in the top spot.

UCLA’s Kyle Anderson and ASU’s Jahii Carson have gained ground on Arizona’s Nick Johnson in the Pac-12 MVP race.

And UCLA’s Steve Alford and ASU’s Herb Sendek have closed the gap on Arizona’s Sean Miller in the race to win the conference’s Coach of Year award.

— Here’s a look at how Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Arizona (2), UCLA (12), Colorado (28), Arizona State (29), Oregon (44), California (46), Stanford (48), Oregon State (82), Washington (85),  Utah (94), USC (147) and Washington State (181).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (17), Arizona State (21), Stanford (34), Oregon (37), California (43), Colorado (49), Utah (54), Oregon State (85), Washington (117), USC (146) and Washington State (167).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (16), Arizona State (30), Oregon (33), Stanford (35), Utah (42), California (43), Colorado (60), Oregon State (89), Washington (116), USC (149) and Washington State (189).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Arizona (10), UCLA (13),Colorado (27), Oregon (28), USC (32), Washington (40), Stanford (41), Washington State (42), Oregon State (47), California (48), Arizona State (54) and Utah (127).

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

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

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

1. UCLA (20-5, 9-3) ……… 2 … No. 23 in AP top 25; One game behind Arizona in standings

2. ASU (19-6, 8-4) ……….. 3 … Likely 1-2 wins away from first NCAA tourney berth since 2009

3. Arizona (23-2, 10-1) ….. 1 … Can’t win close games when 3 starters shoot less than 65% on FTs

4. California (17-8, 8-4) …. 5 … With Ricky Kreklow back, Bears 4-0 with original starting lineup

5. Stanford (16-8, 7-5) ….. 4 … Cardinal is 8-2 when Anthony Brown scores at least 15 points

6. Colorado (19-7, 8-5) …. 7 … Best 26-game start in school history, but Buffs should be better

7. Utah (17-8, 6-7) ……….. 6 … Need to sweep three-game homestand vs. Arizona, ASU, Colorado

8. Washington (14-12, 6-7) .. 8 … Final road trip; UW is 2-9 away from Alaska Airlines Arena

9. Oregon (16-8, 4-8) …… 10 … Believe it not, Ducks can still make NCAA tournament

10. OSU (13-11, 5-7) ……… 9 … Three-game losing streak; Craig Robinson is feeling the heat

11. WSU (9-16, 2-11) …….. 11 … Youth movement? Freshman PG Ike Iroegbu moved into lineup

12. USC (10-15, 1-11) ……. 12 … Six straight losses; It’s Byron Wesley, J.T. Terrell and little else

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