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Week 14 ATQ Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings. Ducks make it three in a row

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The Pac-12 is finally settling into some sort of a rhythm, something we've been waiting for all year. It doesn't mean ranking this tough conference is any easier however, as yet again week 14 has movement all around.

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1. Oregon (20-4) (9-2)

This Ducks team just keeps on rolling to the third consecutive week at the top. Wins over Colorado by 20 and Utah by 10 are the type of impressive home wins a potential high seed need to make. Dillon Brooks is making a case for Pac-12 player of the year after his run the last few weeks.

2. Arizona (19-5) (7-4)

It seemed like there was a real good chance that the Wildcats would fall victim to the Huskies in Seattle but Ryan Anderson’s 22 points and 15 rebounds was the savior. The return of Allonzo Trier Saturday was a nice boost, although he was rusty as he fouled out in 17 minutes.

3. USC (18-5) (7-3)

For the first time since the 2009-10 season the Trojans swept the crosstown rival UCLA Bruins. USC is also in the midst of their best start to a season since 1991-1992. Huge Top-25 matchup this weekend on the road in Arizona.

4. Washington (15-8) (7-4)

The Huskies that just won’t die. They had to fight their way back from a large deficit to take down the Sun Devils and then came so close to upsetting the Wildcats. Huge test this week as they road trip to the mountain schools.

5. Utah (17-7) (6-5)

Real tough weekend for the Utes, especially starting with the heartbreaking last second loss in Corvallis. Give them credit for hanging with Oregon in the first half but foul trouble to big man Jakob Poeltl put them in a tough spot.

6. California (15-7) (5-5)

The Golden Bears did a great job avoiding the season sweep against Stanford as they pulled off the 76-61 victory. Oregon will have to watch out for the California bench as they scored 35 points off the pine against the Cardinal.

7. Colorado (17-7) (4-7)

Definitely not the road trip Colorado hoped for as they dropped both games to the Oregon schools. The 36% shooting in those two games was the major contributor to the losses. Going to need to get that conference record back to .500 if they want to talk NCAA tournament.

8. Oregon State (14-8) (5-6)

Oregon State is so much more talented at home this season than on the road. In home Pac-12 games the Beavers are 5-2 while 0-4 in road games. Gary Payton II continued to stuff the stats this week, averaging 18.5 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 3.5 steals.

9. UCLA (13-10) (4-6)

As I already mentioned, the Bruins dropped the series to the Trojans for the first time in six years. UCLA has now lost three of four games, with next up being a road trip to Arizona. Tough times for the Bruins, I don’t see them recovering to make the NCAA tournament.

10. Arizona State (13-11) (3-8)

The Sun Devils finally get out of the 11th position as they jump the Cardinal. Had it not been for a late collapse to the Huskies, Bobby Hurley’s squad would have come away with two wins in Washington.

11. Stanford (11-10) (3-7)

Make it three straight losses for the Cardinal now. The defense finally showed back up this week against California but of course the offense failed to arrive. They’ll be desperate for home wins this week against the Oregon schools.

12.  Washington State (9-14) (1-10)

Two more double-digit defeats from the Cougars as this time they lost at home to Arizona and Arizona State. Starting to think that Ernie Kent’s seat might be getting real warm, real quick.

Now, for a look at the big games in the week ahead:

Wed. Feb. 10th: Washington at Utah

Thur. Feb. 11th: Oregon at California

Sun. Feb. 14th: USC at Arizona