Wildcat Authority Pac-12 Power Rankings
1.) Arizona (17-0, 4-0) LW: 1 – It is never easy to sweep on the road and it is especially difficult to sweep the LA schools on the road. Arizona did just that and accomplished the feat for the first time in Sean Miller’s tenure in Tucson. The road trip was the first big test of the Pac-12 season for the Wildcats, who now have just one game this week against the rival Sun Devils.
2.) California (12-4, 3-0) LW: 7 – California had some struggles in the non-conference schedule, but has burst onto the scene in conference play. California took care of business this past weekend, sweeping the Oregon schools on the road to remain as one of only two unbeaten in the conference. Despite having to come back late against Oregon State, the Golden Bears suddenly look like the real deal in conference, but will have to host a surging Washington team on Thursday.
3.) Washington (11-6, 3-1) LW: 6 – This is that surging Washington team. The Huskies may have been on the beneficial end of a key injury in the game against Colorado, but took advantage of it and won convincingly. Washington toes a tight line between pretender and contender, largely in part to needing a last second defensive stop to beat Utah at home. The picture should become clearer after this weekend as the Huskies travel to face a red-hot Cal team and a desperate Stanford squad.
4.) UCLA (13-3, 2-1) LW: 3 – The Bruins had a decent weekend, but holding home court is key in conference play and UCLA lost a hard fought battle to Arizona on Thursday night. The Bruins showed some glimpses of brilliance, but nearly handed the second game of the weekend to Arizona State as well. UCLA will finally get a chance to prove its worth on the road as it travels to Utah and Colorado this week.
5.) Colorado (14-3, 3-1) LW: 2 – The Buffs fell on the road, taking a split back to Boulder, but the way that they lost raises plenty of questions. Colorado was beating Washington early on, but completely fell apart after losing Spencer Dinwiddie. With the star out for the remainder of the season, Colorado loses its go-to player and best defender. The Buffs will have a chance to show the conference what the rest of the team is made of with USC and UCLA heading to Boulder this week.
6.) Arizona State (13-4, 2-2) LW: 8 – Arizona State did exactly what it was expected to this week: split on the road at the LA schools. The Sun Devils haven’t shown anything special yet during conference play, are the only team in the Pac-12 that was able to split both weekends so far. Arizona State will get a chance to rebound from a tough loss at UCLA when it takes on rival Arizona on Thursday.
7.) Oregon State (9-7, 1-3) LW: 10 – The Beavers were the most active on the weekend, beating Stanford and nearly knocking off California. The close loss to the Golden Bears loses some of its shine due to the large blown lead in the game. Despite the split at home, the Beavers showed that Corvallis will be a tough place to play on trips through the state of Oregon.
8.) Stanford (10-5, 1-2) LW: 9 – This is where things get murky. Stanford is a decent team that is having some bad luck and a few bad games. The Cardinal were able to grab a split on the road, avoiding starting conference play 0-3. Even though Stanford was effectively handled by Oregon State, it was able to bounce back and fight hard for a win in Matthew Knight Arena, stealing a win from a struggling Oregon team.
9.) Oregon (13-3, 1-3) LW: 4 – The Ducks are effectively in free-fall mode. After needing a last second steal to beat Utah, Oregon has lost consecutive games to Colorado, California, and Stanford. The Ducks will get a chance to rebound and get a victory over Oregon State this week, but if Oregon manages to drop that one, the Pac-12 Title could already be out of reach.
10.) Washington State (8-8, 1-3) LW: 12 – A week after nearly making history for the lowest points scored in the history of the Pac-12, Washington State looked solid on the home stand. The Cougars took a healthy Colorado team to overtime, losing by just one, and beat Utah in the closing minutes. The Cougars aren’t going to win a title, but there could be good for an upset or two.
11.) Utah (12-4, 1-3) LW: 5 – Utah has now lost all four of its games by a combined nine points. The Utes were a three-ball away from beating Washington and just could not hold on down the stretch against Washington State. When the late game execution gets better, Utah will be a solid team, but without it, the Utes are still losing games.
12.) USC (9-7, 0-3) LW: 11 – Hats off to USC for playing the best half of the season against Arizona. However, it was followed by a half that was just about par for the Trojans this season and that didn’t cut it. USC is the only Pac-12 team without a conference win and it may not get one for a while. The Trojans play Utah and Colorado on the road before heading home to play Cal and Stanford. It may take another great half and a little luck to get Andy Enfield his first Pac-12 win.
*Note: Rankings are determined through a combination of conference record, head-to-head matchups, and recent results.*
Washington State at Stanford
Washington at California
Arizona State at Arizona
UCLA at Colorado
USC at Utah
USC at Colorado
Washington State at California
UCLA at Utah
Washington at Stanford
Oregon at Oregon State