Pac-12 Power Rankings: Oregon moves up after win over Arizona

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It’s been an exciting week of Pac-12 men’s basketball with the Oregon Ducks. huge upset win over Arizona highlighting several excellent performances in the Conference of Champions.

UCLA remains a team to beat, with a resounding 7-0 record in conference games and an ongoing 13-game winning streak that began with a loss to then No. 5 Baylor on November 20. Mick Cronin’s team looks like a potential #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they’ll look to continue the streak this week in a tough road game in Arizona State.

USC continues to peak at just the right time with some great basketball last week on its way to a 5-2 conference record under coach Andy Enfield.

And of course, last week Oregon showed good and bad by losing an ugly game to Arizona State and then racing the Arizona Boat and scoring a huge home win against a top-ranked contender.

Will Dana Altman’s team be able to keep sailing the ship and get into the NCAA Tournament? This week it all starts with a drive around the Bay Area.

Here’s a look at our Pac-12 men’s basketball strength rankings ahead of the third week of January:

California Golden Bears (3-15) Last week: 12

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KenPom: 203

Next: vs. Oregon (1/18)

Cal’s trip to Washington went poorly, as they lost a pair to Washington and Washington State, two of the very few winning games in a conference game for the Golden Bears.

The home position against two Oregon high schools may be a chance for recovery, but this season is long over for Mark Fox’s team.

Oregon State Beavers (7-11) Last week: 11

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KenPom: 222

Next: @ Stanford (1/19)

Oregon State is now on a five-game losing streak, hosting Arizona schools last week and pulling out of both competitions. A trip to Stanford and California could be a chance for Wayne Tinkle’s team to pick up a much-needed victory (or two).

Stanford Cardinal (5-12) Last week: 9

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KenPom: 112

Next: v. Oregon Street (1/19)

Stanford is dropping one spot now that they are officially 0-7 in Pac-12 conference game, having lost a couple en route to Washington and Washington State.

They’ll have to hope the home position against Oregon and Oregon State will get them out of the schneid and into the win column, but things are pretty bleak in Palo Alto right now.

Washington Huskies (11-8) Last week: 10

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KenPom: 105

Next: @ Colorado (1/19)

Washington snapped a five-game losing streak with a dominant victory over Stanford last week, followed by Cal’s 81-78 squeak.

UW still has a lot of work to do under coach Mike Hopkins, but they’ve moved up the rankings after defending their home court last week.

Washington State Cougars (9-10) Last week: 8

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KenPom: 64

Next: @ Utah (1/19)

WSU has won three in a row and four of the last five, including victories over USC and Arizona, as well as a narrow one-point loss to UCLA.

They took care of the cases against Cal and Stanford last week, and while they are still in development, they are well positioned to play a major role for other Pac-12 teams in the future.

Utah Yutes (12-7) Last week: 3

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KenPom: 65

Next: vs WSU (1/19)

Utah has been in the spotlight for a potential at-large offering until a recent three-game drift that included double-digit losses at home against Oregon and away against UCLA and USC.

Craig Smith’s team has a chance to show what they can do, starting with a couple of home games against the Washington High Schools.

Oregon Ducks (10-8) Last week: 7

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KenPom: 63

Next: @ California (1/18)

Oregon is in the midst of a convoluted six-game streak, securing victories over Oregon State, Utah and a huge victory over Arizona, as well as losing to Utah Valley, Colorado (poor) and Arizona State.

The team of Dana Altman still has time to get the ship in order, especially with the return of injured players. This week they start with road games against Cal and Stanford.

Colorado Buffaloes (11-8) Last week: 4

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KenPom: 48

Next: vs. YOUR (1/19)

Colorado’s trip to southern California went about as expected as the Buffs forfeited road games at both USC and UCLA to go 3-5 in the Pac-12 game.

They remain a dangerous team that can beat anyone, but it’s hard to tell which of Ted Boyle’s teams will show up on any given night.

USC Trojans (13-5) Last week: 6

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KenPom: 58

Next: @ Arizona (1/19)

USC went 5-2 in the Pac-12 game with wins over Colorado and Utah last week. Andy Enfield has this team heading in the right direction, heading for three big games – first on the road against Arizona and Arizona State, and then at home against rival UCLA.

Arizona State Sun Devils (15-3) Last week: 5

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KenPom: 51

Next: v. UCLA (1/19)

Arizona State is now playing brilliantly 6-1 in conference play, with a single loss to Arizona. They have a tough road ahead of them as they host UCLA and USC next week.

Arizona Wildcats (15-3) Last week: 2

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KenPom: 20

Next: compared to USC (1/19)

Arizona has faltered over the past few weeks, losing a home game in Washington State, and the Ducks rebounded heavily on Saturday.

Tommy Lloyd’s team is still in the top 20 according to KenPom and could win the Pac-12 championship, but they have a lot of work to do and it’s going to be a tough game against USC and UCLA.

UCLA (16-2) Last week: 1

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KenPom: 3

Next: @ACS (1/19)

UCLA’s winning streak is now 13 games as the Bruins haven’t lost since they played Baylor on Nov. 20.

They are 7-0 in conference play and should be in the top five on Monday, and they have a chance to add to that on the road against Arizona State and Arizona this week.

The story originally appeared on Ducks Wire.



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