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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

February 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Northwest 11: Bottom is more interesting than the top . . .

Our weekly Northwest 11 in men’s hoops has lately been more intriguing in the lower reaches than it has at the top. While Gonzaga continued unscathed at No. 1 (though not without a scare at Santa Clara), there was a good deal of rustling down below.

Biggest noise has been made by Portland State, which has reversed a 2-4 start in the Big Sky with four straight victories. Then there was Seattle U.’s madcap victory at Idaho, in which the Redhawks came from a 16-point deficit in the second half to stun the Vandals, 68-67 — and drop Idaho into the dreaded basement of our poll (as well as the WAC standings, where the Vandals are in a three-way tie for the cellar).

1. Gonzaga (20-3) . . . After Portland Wednesday night, athleticism will be put to test at Memphis Saturday

2. Boise State (15-7) . . . Dispiriting loss at UNLV after 11-point second-half lead; SDSU ahead Wednesday

3. Oregon State (13-8) . . . Buoyed by UCLA win; now it really needs to follow suit at Arizona State

4. Oregon (15-6) . . . Losing to UCLA means Ducks (3-6 in league) need to gain ground somewhere else

5. Washington (13-9) . . . Loss to RPI No. 171 team a killer for Huskies

6. Washington State (9-12) . . . Lacy’s return to Cougars at least provides some spark

7. Portland (13-10) . . . Pilots visit Gonzaga Wednesday, and Zags not likely to be welcoming

8. Portland State (11-8) . . . Vikings have won six of last seven

9. Eastern Washington (9-12) . . . G Tyler Harvey hit 38 against No. Colorado, with 10 threes

10. Seattle U. (10-10) . . . Down four with 14 seconds left, pulled out squeaker against Idaho

11. Idaho (8-14) . . . Vandals’ season has pretty much become a train wreck

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