Pac-12 Power Rankings

The Pac-12 is still up for grabs and there is a lot of debate on who the favorites are. Read on to see how WildcatAuthority.com ranks the conference.

Another week of Pac-12 basketball is in the books and with only a few weeks left on the schedule, the top of the conference is still a tight race between five squads. Each of those programs has a legitimate chance to come away with the conference crown and with just five games remaining, the competition will only get more intense.

Here is how the teams rank as the final stretch of the schedule nears.

1. California

The Golden Bears came away with a huge sweep on the road in Los Angeles. With Washington losing to Oregon in the middle of the week, Cal's pair of victories moved it back into a tie for first place in the standings. The Bears still have tough matchups against Oregon at home and Colorado on the road, but they are in good position with five games remaining.

2. (tie) Washington

The Huskies' loss at Oregon was a bit of a setback, but doesn't completely damage their chances at the conference crown. The Ducks manhandled UW, but Washington remains tied for first with Cal. The Huskies have some potentially tough matchups coming up and this week they host the hottest team in the conference in Arizona. Following that matchup, UW then plays its final three on the road – two of which include rival Washington State and UCLA.

2. (tie) Oregon

UO destroyed Washington at home Saturday and sent a message to the rest of the conference in the process: The Ducks are a serious contender for the Pac-12 title with the finish line in sight.

They need to prove themselves once again during their upcoming road trip, which will include match-ups against Cal, Stanford and rival Oregon State. Oregon returns home to face a tough Colorado squad before ending the season against Utah.

4. Arizona

UA could have assumed the three spot in the rankings, but Oregon's performance against Washington coupled with the Wildcats' struggles against Utah leave them at four for now. The good news was that Arizona did come away with a win over a tough Colorado squad and completed the sweep against the Utes.

The team's play against Utah is a slight concern and with a big road trip to Washington looming, Arizona will have to regroup quickly to have any chance at a much-needed sweep.

5. Colorado

Despite the loss to UA, the Buffaloes remain in the hunt. CU still has some tough tests ahead with the Bay Area schools coming to town in a couple of weeks followed by a road trip to Oregon to end the season. Colorado has been a pretty big surprise all season long, so it wouldn't be smart to count the Buffaloes out, but their upcoming slate is going to test them immensely.

6. UCLA

The Bruins may not be mathematically eliminated from the race just yet, but the loss to Cal killed any legitimate chance they had at making a late run. UCLA is still going to be a tough team for anyone to beat down the stretch and would love to play the roll of spoiler against Arizona and Washington.

7. Stanford

Like the Bruins, Stanford isn't eliminated from the race just yet, but the squad isn't a real contender anymore. The Cardinal's loss to UCLA put the team three games off the lead with three of its final five against Oregon, Colorado and Cal.

8. Washington State

The Cougars have lost four of their last six and stand at 5-8 against the Pac-12. Wazzu hasn't really threatened the conference race at any point during the season and outside a sweep over the Bay Area schools in the middle of January – and a season sweep over Oregon State - Washington State hasn't performed very well against Pac-12 competition this campaign.

9. Oregon State

The Beavers have been the league's most disappointing team all season long. There was a late run OSU attempted to make to get back into the race, but it was too late in the season and then the Beavers proceeded to lose three of their following four contests. It doesn't look like it's going to get much better for Oregon State with games against Cal and Oregon looming.

10. Arizona State

The Sun Devils have dropped six of their last eight and stand at just 4-9 in conference play. Their four wins have come against the teams that surround them at the bottom of the standings. ASU is winless against teams the currently hold records above .500 against the Pac-12.

11. (tie) Utah

The Utes gave Arizona a scare on Saturday, but were ultimately swept on their road trip to the desert. It's been a tough inaugural year in the Pac-12 for Utah, which has just two conference victories and holds the worst overall record in the league.

11. (tie) USC

Ravaged by injuries most of the year, the Trojans have been one of the Pac-12's worst squad since the season commenced. USC's lone victory was a 17-point home victory over Utah, so it's hard to pick which team is more of a bottom-feeder at this point in time.


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