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Category: Pac-12 Power rankings
February 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Tough road ahead for Arizona

No. 2 Arizona has dominated the Pac-12, but the final four weeks of the regular-season won’t be easy for the Wildcats. Five of their seven remaining games are on the road. Tonight’s matchup at cross-state rival Arizona State begins a three-game stretch of road games for Arizona. The Wildcats make the Rocky Mountain road trip next…

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February 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Parity rules the day

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…

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January 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

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

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…

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January 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Arizona tops, but who’s No.2?

UCLA's Zach LaVine dunks during the Bruins' 83-60 win over Weber… (Danny Moloshok / Associated…)

UCLA’s Zach LaVine dunks during the Bruins’ 83-60 win over Weber State. (Danny Moloshok / Associated…)

No. 1 Arizona is the unquestioned leader in the Pac-12, but trying to find the second-best team in the conference is a bit of a mystery.

UCLA came within four points of upsetting the Wildcats. California is the only Pac-12 team with three road wins. Colorado is nearly unbeatable at home. Despite its three-game losing streak, Oregon still boasts a talented roster. And Stanford is 2-0 against ranked teams.

You could make an argument for a handful of teams, including Washington.

Two weeks ago, the Huskies were No. 186 in the RPI. Today they’re 80th. That’s what a 3-1 start in the Pac-12 will do.

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January 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Huskies headed in right direction

Basketball ratings love road wins and as such the computers rewarded Washington for coming home with a 1-1 split following its first Pac-12 road trip last week.

The Huskies made a big jump in the RPI, vaulting from No. 186 to 124. They improved from 173 to 131 in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings and climbed from 152 to 115 in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings.

Needless to say, Washington also made a significant jump in our Pac-12 Power Rankings.

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January 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Dismal forecast for Washington

Washington begins Pac-12 at 8-5 for the second straight year under coach Lorenzo Romar. Last season the Huskies finished 9-9 in conference and 18-16 overall. ((Photo credit: Stephen Dunn - Getty Images)

Washington begins Pac-12 at 8-5 for the second straight year under coach Lorenzo Romar. Last season the Huskies finished 9-9 in conference and 18-16 overall. ((Photo credit: Stephen Dunn – Getty Images)

The basketball metrics aren’t looking good for Washington. The Huskies are last in the Pac-12 in RPI and ratings by basketball statisticians Jeff Sagarin and Ken Pomeroy.

The Pac-12 season, which begins Thursday, should give UW fans hope and a sense of dread.

On the one hand, the Huskies will have plenty of chances to improve their poor RPI over the next 10 weeks because the Pac-12 is ranked the fourth best conference in the nation, according to the statisticians.

On the other hand, RealTimeRPI.com projects Washington will go 7-11 in the Pac-12 and finish the regular season with a 15-16 record. It would be the first losing season since 2007-08 when the Huskies were 16-17 and 7-11 in the conference.

— Here’s a look at how the Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Colorado (7), Arizona (9), Oregon (11), UCLA (56), Arizona State (61), Stanford (70), California (71), USC (84), Washington State (136), Oregon State (161), Utah (166) and Washington (186).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), Oregon (14), Colorado (25), Arizona State (27), UCLA (35), Stanford (50), Utah (62), California (67), USC (108), Washington State (114), Oregon State (120)  and Washington (173).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (4), Oregon (23), Colorado (29), UCLA (32), Arizona State (39), Stanford (45), California (58), Utah (71), USC (101), Washington State (117), Oregon State (121) and Washington (152).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Colorado (6), Arizona (73), California (74), Oregon (83), Washington State (87), Stanford (96), USC (110), Arizona State (159), UCLA (171), Washington (204), Oregon State (207) and Utah (349).

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

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December 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Arizona State moves into top four

Arizona State center Jordan Bachnyski is one of the top players in the Pac-12. (Photo credit: US Presswire)

Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski is one of the top players in the Pac-12. (Photo credit: US Presswire)

Arizona State has enough balance to contend for a Pac-12 title.

The Sun Devils feature a dynamic point guard in Jahii Carson, who is fifth in the conference in scoring (19.6 points per game) and sixth in assists (5.8). They have a 7-2 shot blocker and rim protector in Jordan Bachynski. They can also spread the floor with shooters (Jermaine Marshall and Jonathan Gilling). And they have an athletic lockdown wing defender in Shaquielle McKissic who can guard several positions.

Depth could be an issue, although ASU’s bench received some help when Michigan State transfer Brandan Kearney became eligible this week.

The Sun Devils (10-2) have played just one bad game this season, an 88-60 loss to then-No. Creighton in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, Calif. They also lost 60-57 to Miami in a consolation game.

It remains to be seen if ASU is simply benefiting from a weak schedule ranked 321st by basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy.

At any rate, the Sun Devils are 7-0 at home and they’ve turned historically stale and dormant Wells Fargo Arena into a place that’s drawing 6,000 fans. It should be a stiff test for Washington, which opens the Pac-12 season at ASU on Jan. 2.

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