Does the Maui bump count if you move up one spot in some blogger’s Pac-12 Power Rankings? I like to think it does.
1. Oregon (Last Week #1)
Oregon hangs onto the top spot despite their two losses. This can be attributed to the fact that the two losses came on the last two days of three straight games by an average margin of 2.5 points against top ten teams. Last week may not have gone how Oregon wanted it to, but there are positives to take away from it.
2. Arizona (Last Week #2)
The Wildcats managed a tight, two-point win against Pepperdine in what may have been the college basketball game of the year so far. Arizona fans were certainly holding their breath after the buzzer as the Waves’ Colbey Ross chucked one up from half-court and eventually high off the backboard at the end of regulation. Arizona is still undefeated, but have faced a significantly weaker schedule than Oregon, and have not dominated like they (or me) hoped.
3. Colorado (Last Week #3)
Great week for Colorado, particularly the comeback win over Clemson. Let’s hope they have an even better week coming up when they take on #2 Kansas this Saturday It’s certainly not too early to start considering Tyler Bey for Pac-12 Player of the Year.
4. Washington (Last Week #4)
The Huskies continue their trend of blowing out every team they’ve seen since the loss against Tennessee. This is definitely the team I am most excited to for come conference play time. Also, not sure if you’ve heard yet, but Isaiah Stewart is a big man.
5. Stanford (Last Week #6)
Soooooo Stanford is now #5. The #24 team in the country hitting a jumper with 8 seconds on the clock is not a horrible first loss. I’m not sure anyone except Stanford (assuming they believed themselves) saw a 7-1 start coming. I, for one, would love to see Stanford back in the Big Dance as part of a 5-bid Pac-12.
6. Arizona State (Last Week #5)
Is ASU Barrett Honors College a public ivy? Even if it is, and the Ivy League got off their high horses and let the Sun Devils in, I’m not certain ASU would get the conference bid. I mean they had to come from behind to beat winless Princeton.
7. Oregon State (Last Week #8)
7-1 has looked better before, but Tres Tinkle has never looked better! The Beavers are doing exactly what they need to in non-conference play, takin’ care of business.
8. USC (Last Week #7)
Well, the Big East is really good. If you don’t believe me ask USC. But props to the Trojans, right after getting smacked around by Marquette, they stuck it to a Harvard just as they seemed to be finding a groove. This is a really good team down all the way at #8, and it shows the depth of the Pac-12 this year.
9. UCLA (Last Week #10)
The Bruins were only able to beat Chaminade in Maui, but they did look like a competent basketball team in the first half against a ranked Michigan State team. Plus they came home and beat the pants of San Jose State.
10. Utah (Last Week #9)
I’m a UC Davis fan so I’m allowed to say this, but the rest of you aren’t, the Aggies suck, like they are just not good this year. So beating Davis by 4 at home is not the most encouraging of signs, especially with a matchup against a good BYU team on the horizon.
11. Cal (Last Week #11)
I’m a UC Davis fan so I’m allowed to say this, but the rest of you aren’t, the Aggies suck, like they are just not good this year. So beating Davis by 6 at home is not the most encouraging of signs, especially with a matchup against a good Saint Mary’s team on the horizon.
12. Washington State (Last Week #12)
I like to think we all win when two cat mascots play each other, but the Cougars actually did win against Old Dominion! Wazzou got their second largest margin of victory against a... um... well.... a decent Old Dominion team!