1. UCLA (10-0) Last week #1
After the upset win on the road to Kentucky I was a little bit curious to see how the Bruins would respond. They played well and broke the 100-point barrier yet again with a 102-84 victory over Michigan. Freshman TJ Leaf was the man of the game with his 21 points and eight rebounds.
2. Oregon (8-2) Last week #2
Not a pretty win from the Ducks but they got it done. What I’m really liking is the game of Tyler Dorsey lately. With his 19-point game he is now the leading scorer on the team by over a point. I think the week layoff but a little rust on the Ducks but I think playing two more games this week should keep the Ducks rolling.
3. Arizona (8-2) Last week #3
The Arizona offense has been starting to show up as they posted 79 points in both their wins this week. The best one came on the road with a 19-point victory over Missouri.
4. USC (9-0) Last week #5
The undefeated Trojans move up a spot in the top 25 thanks to their arrival in the Top-25. I still don’t think they’ve played anybody but they found a way to get another blowout victory over Pepperdine. With Troy and Cornell this week expect two more wins.
5. California (8-2) Last week #4
In a three game week, the Golden Bears didn’t face that much of a competition. However, in probably their best game during that span they found a way to drop the game at home by three to Seton Hall. Surprisingly Ivan Rabb is not the leading scorer on the team as freshman Charlie Moore has taken over the lead with his 17.6 per game.
6. Utah (6-2) Last week #6
Still not so sure what to think of this Utah team. This past week they squeaked by Utah State by seven at home, but then rebounded to push #13 Xavier on the road to an eight point loss. They have two more easy games to finish non-conference before starting at home to Colorado.
7. Colorado (6-3) Last week #7
Speaking of Colorado, I feel like they should be in a virtual tie in the rankings with Utah. They actually did beat #13 Xavier this week, although at home by two. But they couldn’t capitalize on the success by dropping to BYU by eight on the road. That conference opener with Utah is going to be a great benchmark for both the teams.
8. Stanford (6-3) Last week #8
No games this last week for the Cardinal after their back-to-back losses to #12 Saint Mary’s and #4 Kansas. They finish the non-conference slate with an easy track and should be heading into the New Year with some confidence.
9. Arizona State (6-4) Last week #10
The up and down nature of the Sun Devils continues. This week they were blasted at home by #18 Purdue with a 97-64 loss. They responded nicely though with a road victory over San Diego State, 74-63.
10. Washington (4-5) Last week #5
Well, the Huskies got what they wanted with the renewed rivalry with Gonzaga. That didn’t go as hoped though as they were blasted 98-71. They finished up the week with a home loss to Nevada 87-85 to make it four straight losses. Markelle Fultz is still doing his thing in the four losses with 23.5 points, 4.75 assists, and 8.25 rebounds per game.
11. Washington State (5-5) Last week #11
The Cougars stick at .500 with another 1-1 week. They won at home, 61-48 over Idaho but then dropped a home game by 14 over Kansas State. Their statistics don’t bode well for conference play as they rank near the bottom in rebounds, points and points allowed.
12. Oregon State (3-7) Last week #12
Remember that Savannah State team that the Ducks blasted at home a week ago? Well the neighbors to the northwest didn’t have quite the same experience. Oregon State dropped to Savannah State by 3 in overtime in one of the worst losses for the Pac-12 this non-conference season.
Key Games This Week:
Wednesday 12/14. Grand Canyon at Arizona
Saturday 12/17. Arizona at Texas A&M, Ohio State at UCLA, Oregon vs. UNLV.