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Week 14 ATQ Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings

Back at it.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

1. Oregon (21-3, 10-1) Last edition #1

Since I last wrote my Pac-12 power rankings the Ducks have had a few interesting weeks. After two stinkers including the Colorado loss and the Arizona State escape, the Ducks put all fear to rest with the absolute dismantling of Arizona at home. That was one of the best all around performances I’ve seen a team play all year and the Ducks look to be clicking as the season winds down, what a surprise that is.

2. Arizona (21-3, 10-1) Last edition #3

Yes, the Ducks loss was an awful one, but the Wildcats have been scary since the return of Allonzo Trier. I’ll be curious how they respond to this loss though as after the losses to Butler and Gonzaga to open the year they bounced back strong after.

3. UCLA (21-3, 8-3) Last edition #2

UCLA will need a serious push the final weeks of conference season if they hope to have any chance of winning the Pac-12 title. Over the last few weeks, the loss to Arizona was excusable but losing to cross town rival USC was a back breaker. Lonzo Ball recently got the better of fellow top pick Markelle Fultz in Washington as he led the Bruins to a dismantling of the Huskies.

4. California (17-6, 8-3) Last edition #4

The Bears are quietly tied with the same conference record as UCLA. The problem for California though is they haven’t beaten any of the top three teams in the conference yet. Their defense has actually been carrying the way for them so far this season as their 63.1 points allowed is good for 19th in the country.

5. Utah (15-8, 6-5) Last edition #5

I really hope that this Utah team finds a way to make it into the tournament as I think they have a chance to surprise some people. They’ve had some heartbreak of late, losing three of their last four but doing so by a combined 14-point margin.

6. USC (20-4, 7-4)Last edition #6

The Trojans are another team in the conference hoping to make a late push to get into the NCAA tournament. The recent win over UCLA will certainly help the cause but there’s still more to be done.

7. Arizona State (11-13, 4-7) Last edition #8

Bobby Hurley came so close to a marquee victory over Oregon, but the experience was too much to handle for the Sun Devils. I will say that I love the way this team plays, and they’ll be a tough out for anybody when they’re hitting.

8. Stanford (12-11, 4-7) Last edition #9

The Cardinal are just another meddling team in the conference of champions. After winning three straight and gaining momentum they gave it all back by dropping three in a row. They did get back on the winning side last week with a win over Utah, but they’ll need a serious run of play to get to .500 in conference play before the season ends.

9. Washington State (11-12, 4-7) Last edition #10

The Cougars have definitely been a pleasant surprise this season. With four conference wins, I’d say that they’ve already doubled the season total I expected from them.

10. Colorado (13-11, 3-8) Last edition #7

I really thought this team would be better this season. It seemed like the finally pieced it together with a three game streak over Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford but that was derailed with a trip to California. Being tied for 199th in points allowed per game would be the biggest indicator of the struggles.

11. Washington (9-14, 2-9) Last edition #11

The Huskies are going to have to make a decision when it comes to Lorenzo Romar. He’s proved he can recruit (two first round draft picks last year, a potential number one draft pick this year, and perhaps high schools best player on his way next year). But, what does it matter if the team can’t win a game? After knocking off Colorado, the Huskies have now dropped five straight.

12. Oregon State (4-20, 0-11) Last edition #12

I’m sure the Beavers are just hoping this season can be over soon. What’s tough for Oregon State is that no game has really even been that close, as their smallest margin of defeat in conference play is seven.