Apparently, the pressure of the Times’ first Northwest 11 last week got to the teams in the upper echelon. Oregon, Gonzaga and Boise State, the top three, managed to combine to go 0-5 — which is a first for the Northwest 11 (largely since it was just conceived last week).
What to do this week? I didn’t mention this with the first rankings, but the “formula” here is based mostly on overall resume, with the added factor of the most recent results weighing more heavily than games played in November. So with the general awful showing of the top three last week, we’ll adjust:
1. Vacant. Please, somebody step up and reclaim the top spot this week.
2. Washington (11-6) . . . OK, so it’s a protest vote; UW now up to 77th in the RPI
3. Gonzaga (14-3) . . . After lifeless effort at Portland, on road at Pepperdine and LMU
4. Oregon (13-3) . . . Suddenly, Ducks couldn’t guard a fencepost
5. Boise State (11-5) . . . So close to success last week (3-point loss at SDSU), but still, two losses
6. Portland (10-7) . . . Can Pilots take this act to the road for the first time in WCC?
7. Oregon State (9-7) . . . F Moreland (26 rebounds in two games) providing a boost
8. Washington State (8-8) . . . From the looks of it, G Lacy won’t be back anytime soon
9. Eastern Washington (7-8) . . . Twin wins over Montanas broke six-game skid
10. Seattle U. (9-7) . . . C Sunderhaus: 22 and 13 in win at Texas-Pan American
11. Idaho (7-11) . . . 7 assists, 17 turnovers in blowout loss at New Mexico State
12. Portland State (6-7) . . . Took triple-overtime thriller over Montana