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February 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Arizona back on top

Arizona sharp-shooter Gabe York could be the X-factor for the Wildcats to make a NCAA tournament final four run. (Photo credit: Tyler Baker - The Daily Wildcat)

Arizona sharp-shooter Gabe York could be the X-factor for the Wildcats to make a NCAA tournament final four run. (Photo credit: Tyler Baker – The Daily Wildcat)

Arizona has been a little shaky since losing sophomore star forward Brandon Ashley on Feb. 1 during a 60-58 loss at California. The Wildcats posted a 3-1 record in the next four games, which included two overtime wins and a two-point victory at home over Oregon.

However, following a dominating 88-61 win at Colorado, Arizona appears to be back on track. And the Wildcats returned to the top of the rankings where they’ve resided for all but one week this season.

Meanwhile, Stanford climbs to No. 2, which is the highest it’s been this season.

Despite a 1-1 showing on the road last week, Washington fell a notch to No. 9.

— Here’s a look at how Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Arizona (2), UCLA (14), Colorado (26), Arizona State (34), Stanford (39), Oregon (41), California (52), Washington (78), Oregon State (101), Utah (94), USC (157) and Washington State (188).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (16), Stanford (29), Arizona State (32), Oregon (36), Utah (46), California (49), Colorado (50), Washington (99), Oregon State (101), USC (145) and Washington State (170).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (15), Stanford (30),Utah (35), Oregon (37), Arizona State (42), California (50), Colorado (60), Washington (96), Oregon State (111), USC (158) and Washington State (200).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Arizona (10), Colorado (12), UCLA (16), USC (30),Washington (35), Stanford (41), Oregon (43), Arizona State (46), Washington State (48), California (51), Oregon State (72) and Utah (107).

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

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

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

1. Arizona (25-2, 12-2) …. 3 … Sharp-shooter Gabe York started past two games, Cats 2-0

2. Stanford (18-8, 9-5) …. 5 … No hotter team in Pac-12; 5-1 in past six games

3. UCLA (21-6, 10-4) …… 1 …  If Bruins win out, Kyle Anderson should win Pac-12 POY

4. California (18-9, 9-5) … 4 .. Richard Solomon (11.3, 10.0) 1 of 3 D1 players avg. double double

5. ASU (19-8, 8-6) ……….. 2 … Herb Sendek on Jahii Carson: “He’s not playing his best.”

6. Colorado (20-8, 9-6) …. 6 … Could  lose out due to tough finish at Utah, Stanford and California

7. Utah (18-9, 7-8) ………. 7 … A Pac-12 team should never play Evergreen St. and St. Katherine’s

8. Oregon (18-8, 6-8) …… 9 … Sounds as if suspended Damyean Dotson will play against UCLA

9. UW (15-13, 7-8) ………. 8 … C.J. Wilcox only Pac-12 top 10 scorer with fewer than 1oo FTs

10. OSU (14-12, 6-8) …… 10 … Rolling towards first NIT since 2005, then 1-5 in past five games

11. WSU (9-18, 2-13) …… 11 … Ex-coach Tony Bennett has Virginia (23-5) at No. 11 in AP poll

12. USC (10-17, 1-13) ….. 12 … Byron Wesley, Pe’Shon Howard served suspensions recently

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