Pac-12 Power Rankings

The race for the Pac-12 crown is not over yet. Read on to see how we rank the conference going into the last week.

We have arrived at the final week of the regular season for college basketball and the race for the regular season conference crown is down to two teams with only a handful of days left in the regular season.

There is still another team that is mathematically alive for the conference race, but given the schedule for this week, it's hard to imagine either of the top two teams being leap-frogged in the final few days.

No matter the outcome, the final week of Pac-12 play should prove to be invigorating. Here is how the squads rank heading into the last series of matchups.

1. Washington

The Huskies survived a scare at Washington State to hold onto to the top spot in the conference. The victory was UW's fourth in a row and its ninth in ten games. Clearly the hottest team in the conference for a little over a month, Washington finishes its season out on the road in Los Angeles.

The game at USC shouldn't be much of a challenge, but UCLA played the Huskies close in Washington and is likely to put up a formidable fight this Saturday.

2. California

The Golden Bears suffered a huge setback with their loss at Colorado, but they are far from out of it at this point. Even if Cal loses at Stanford, it can still win the conference if Washington loses its final two. If UW loses either of its final two matchups, then Cal can win the conference Sunday with a victory over Stanford.

3. Arizona

The Wildcats came up with a much needed sweep over the Los Angeles schools at home this past weekend. A loss to either team would have put a serious dent in the team's NCAA Tournament hopes, but UA took care of business and now has one last test against a very down Arizona State program. Arizona can't afford an upset in its final regular season contest, because a loss would be devastating to the team's postseason aspirations.

4(t). Colorado

It's difficult to assess Colorado based on its performance over the past week. On one hand, it lost to a Stanford squad who - just two days later - lost to Utah. On the other, CU defeated a Cal team that is currently battling for the conference title. However, Colorado has played the better teams in the conference well, which should help its chances in the conference tournament.

4(t). Oregon

The Ducks won by a thin margin over rival Oregon State this past weekend, but have been eliminated from the conference race. UO's accumulative record against the top squads in the conference would cause it to lose out in a tiebreaker with multiple opponents. Oregon should still prove to be dangerous in the conference tournament though, as it has played the top teams in the league very tough all season.

6. UCLA

The Pac-12 Tournament is UCLA's only chance at the big dance at this point. The Bruins had a great chance to upset Arizona this past weekend, but ultimately blew another late lead. UCLA has one last home stand – against the Washington schools – before heading into the conference tournament. While UCLA has struggled to find consistency all season long, the Bruins have enough talent to challenge anyone in the conference on any given day.

7. Stanford

Stanford pulled off an upset over Colorado, but immediately came crashing back down to earth by losing to lowly Utah. The Cardinal have struggled mightily after starting the season in surprising fashion.

The victory over CU was Stanford's third in four games, but the loss to the Utes reminded Cardinal fans just how much of a roller coaster the 2011-12 season has been for their squad. After starting out 5-1 in Pac-12 play, the Cardinal has gone 4-7 over the past 11 contests.

8. Washington State

There isn't much new to say about Wazzu after its narrow defeat at the hands of Washington this past week. After some of their best players from last season left, not much was expected from the Cougars this season and they have done little to deter away from those expectations.

9. Arizona State

Even though the Sun Devils have been a bad team all season long, a home loss to USC would have been embarrassing – even for ASU. The close victory over the Trojans bumps Arizona State up a notch from last week, mainly due Oregon State's current losing streak.

10. Oregon State

The Beavers had a shot to upset Oregon this past weekend, but came up one point short in the end. The loss was the fifth in a row for OSU and its sixth in seven games.

10. Utah

The Utes actually came away with a victory this past weekend over struggling Stanford. The win snapped Utah's eight-game losing streak and all but assured itself that it will not finish in last place in the Pac-12.

12. USC

The Trojans were swept in Arizona last week and will return home to face the Washington schools for the final week of the regular season. With just two games remaining, USC is threatening to exit this season with the worst record in program history.


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