Here is how the squads rank with a little less than a month of regular season basketball left on the schedule.
The Huskies are riding a five game winning streak after a sweep at home over the Los Angeles schools. UW has won 11 out of its last 13 games overall and is in the driver's seat for the regular season Pac-12 title race.
Freshman Tony Wroten continues to impress while players such as Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox handle their fair share of the scoring load. If Washington continues to get consistent production from its key players, it will be tough for anyone to leapfrog the Huskies.
After taking care of business on their home court against the Oregon schools, the Buffaloes managed to keep pace with UW in the Pac-12 race. Colorado has found a way to stay among the top teams in the conference all year, but now it will really be tested. CU still has five road games left with seven to play and its only home stand is against the Bay Area teams.
The Golden Bears suffered their first home loss of the season at the hands of Arizona on Thursday, but rebounded by crushing ASU on Saturday. The loss to the Wildcats came at a bad time for the Bears. With Washington rolling and five of Cal's last seven games coming on the road, the Golden Bears could be facing an uphill climb the rest of the way.
After splitting a pair to the mountain schools, the Ducks are now two games out of first place. Oregon is far from out of it with seven games remaining, but it is going to have to pull off a couple of upsets down the stretch. UO still has home games against Washington and Colorado surrounding a road trip to the Bay Area. The Ducks remain in the race, but keeping pace could prove to be difficult.
The Wildcats helped themselves the most out of anyone in the conference last week by sweeping Cal and Stanford on the road. UA has a key matchup at home against Colorado Thursday, but after that, the only team the Wildcats face with a better record in conference play is Washington. Being two games out of the lead with less than a month to play makes for a tough, up-hill climb, but Arizona is in better position to make a run than the team it is currently tied with in the standings.
The Cardinal followed a blowout victory over the Sun Devils with the squad's worst offensive showing of the season against Arizona. Just a few weeks ago, Stanford was among the top teams in the conference and appeared to be a legitimate contender in the race for the conference crown. Four losses in five games put a halt to those aspirations. Now the Cardinal faces a tough stretch of match-ups and a three game deficit. Needless to say, things are looking gloomy for Stanford.
A split on the road in the state of Washington set the Bruins back another game in the conference race. While UCLA fought hard and nearly pulled off the upset in Seattle, the loss put a huge dent in the Bruins' chances of making any sort of run in the Pac-12. With games left against Cal, Arizona and Washington, UCLA is facing a tough stretch to end the campaign and is probably one loss away from falling completely out of it.
8. Oregon State
The Beavers have certainly played much better basketball of late, but it came too little, too late. OSU's loss to Colorado all but sealed its fate and now the Beavers must rely on the Pac-12 tournament (or a miracle run over their final seven games) if they want to participate in the big dance.
9. Washington State
Wazzu split a pair to the Los Angeles schools to move to 4-7 on the season. It has been a rough season for the Cougars, who have struggled staying in game at times. Four of the team's seven conference losses have been by double-digits and Wazzu has dropped games to both Utah and Arizona State.
10. Arizona State
ASU's season hasn't been one that Sun Devil fans would like to remember. After being swept on the road in the Bay Area, Arizona State stands at 3-8 against the Pac-12 with no end to the losing in sight.
It hasn't been the best season for the Utes, who have looked out-matched at times throughout their entire schedule. Utah's debut season in the Pac-12 has been nothing short of disastrous. Eight of its 10 conference losses have come by 11 points or more.
The Trojans are in danger of challenging their own history in terms of futility. USC has won two conference games or less on four occasions (1944, 1947, 1976 and 1989). With the way the rest of the schedule shapes up, it's hard to imagine the Trojans winning more than two conference games by the conclusion of the regular season.