Week 4 Stack Ranking

Afflalo's shot at the buzzer isn't enough to propel the Bruins to the top, but Brooks' game winning floater is. For Arizona, it's back to the drawing boards in search for some more road wins while ASU will settle for just about anything other than a loss at this point.

Pac-10 Conference:  Week 4 Ranking

 

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Oregon

 

 

(16-1, 4-1)

Although both wins came on last second shots the bottom line is this:  Oregon has beaten both UCLA and Arizona.  No other team in the conference can lay claim to that.  The Ducks are indeed college basketball's most recent version of the cardiac kids.  How long will their pacemaker hold up?  It's hard to say as they'll welcome in the Northern California schools this week.  First up is Stanford.  If the Ducks can hold off the Cardinal, I don't expect the Bears to give them much of a fuss on Saturday.

 

 

UCLA

 

 

(15-1, 4-1)

Afflalo bailed out the Bruins with his game winner against the men of Troy.  More importantly, the bucket gave UCLA a key road victory over a quality opponent.  Now they must focus on defending their own turf.  They should obliterate ASU on Thursday in preparation for their showdown with the Wildcats on Saturday where that outcome should be decided by which team makes more key plays down the stretch.

 

 

Washington State

 

 

(15-3, 4-2)

Wazzu did lose to Stanford, but it came at the buzzer and the game was on the road.  They got the road split they needed to stay in contention for a conference title and have still yet to lose at home.  Right now that and their win over Arizona, is what gives the Cougars the edge over the higher ranked Wildcats.

 

 

Arizona

 

 

(13-3, 4-2)

It's this simple.  You can't lose at home.  You can't lose at home.  For every home loss a team must then get a road sweep and road sweeps will be few and far between in the Pac-10 this season.  How few you ask?  So far only USC and Oregon have produced back-to-back road wins in conference play and both feats required last second heroics.  For Arizona, it's put up or shut up time as a split in Los Angeles is almost mandatory if they want to stay in contention for a league title.

 

 

USC

 

 

(13-5, 3-2)

Thursday's match up against Arizona should be a great one as both teams are fuming after losing key games at the buzzer last weekend.  Their will be speed and explosiveness galore all over the floor so expect some serious fireworks.  The team that commits to playing defense for 40 minutes will win this game as both teams are more than capable of filling up the basket in bunches.

 

 

California

 

 

(11-6, 3-2)

Oregon has the better win (Wazzu) but Cal has the win over the Cardinal.  Cal is at the Oregon schools this week and draws the Beavers first.  This is a must win game for the Bears as Saturday's match up with the Ducks will be anything but a relaxing dip in the pond.  Watch for Cal's Anderson to have another outstanding week and look for the defensive-minded Ubaka to finally cool down the hot shooting Brooks.

 

 

Stanford

 

 

(11-4, 3-2)

Thursday night's game against Oregon will be fun to watch.  Oregon is more of a perimeter minded team this season, but look for Leunen and the Lopez teams to really go at it inside.  This is a game that Stanford could easily win and just might.  They certainly have the momentum coming off the upset of Washington State. 

 

 

Washington

 

 

(11-6, 1-5)

Being a Washington fan right now must just be brutal.  They've played well enough to win several conference games but all they have to show for it is a victory over lowly Arizona State.  Unfortunately, things don't get easier as the Huskies must travel to Pullman this Saturday for a rivalry game with Wazzu.  The undisciplined Huskies should struggle mightily against the well-oiled Cougars.  Still, there are no guaranteed wins or losses in this conference so don't be surprised if UW gets the upset.

 

 

Oregon State

 

 

(9-9, 1-4)

The Beavers will have a good chance to beat Cal on Thursday.  I don't think they will though.  Like Washington, they continue to play uncharacteristically mistake-prone basketball that's costing them games.  If they can exercise some patience and work for better shots, they have the talent to compete in this league.  If the past tells us anything though they won't and the result will be back-to-back home losses this week.

 

 

Arizona State

 

 

(6-11, 0-6)

ASU is playing better basketball.  I'll give them that.  Unfortunately, a trip to Los Angeles looms ahead at just the wrong time.  I don't see anyway the Sun Devils compete in either game, leaving the other Arizona school to try to represent the state in a manner benefiting of their usually tough reputation.

 

 

 


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