Week 6 Stack Ranking

Stanford scores 19 points in the second overtime frame and still loses to Gonzaga. Arizona gets swept by Wazzu for the first time - ever. UCLA humbles Oregon and Washington makes it three in a row. USC wins again while Oregon State and Arizona State probably wish they were playing in an easier conference right about now.

Pac-10 Conference:  Week 6 Ranking


This version of the Pac-10 Weekly Stack Ranking includes Thursday night's results.















(18-2, 8-2)

UCLA looked awesome against the Ducks on Thursday.  The game's final margin was only 12 but this game wasn't even close.  The Bruins did such a good job of quickly passing the ball from the point to the wing and then entering the ball to the low post from there that the Ducks' weak side double teams had little time to react.  The Bruins actually run an offense with real screens and ball movement and stuff that puts players in a position to score that when they're clicking they're nearly unstoppable.  They've only lost two games this season and both losses came in the closing seconds.  The Bruins are now clearly the team to beat in the conference but are they now unbeatable?  A road trip through the Pacific Northwest to close out the regular season might be the only games that could potentially trip up UCLA and prevent them from getting a coveted one seed in the NCAA Tourney.






(19-3, 7-3)

Oregon all of the sudden looks fallible.  Brooks had the best nine game stretch of his career during the first half of conference play and led the Ducks to some big wins.  He sat out the Washington game and they lost.  He played poorly against UCLA tonight and they lost.  See a trend here.  Shut down Brooks and you shut down Oregon.  It might not be quite that simple, but it does give future opponents something to aim for.  Next up for the Ducks is a USC team looking for the season sweep.  Oregon probably needs the win to keep pace in the conference race with a Bruins team that seems to be catching its stride.



Washington State



(18-4, 7-3)

Wazzu gets the season sweep of Arizona.  My goodness, what has the world come to?  With the win, the Cougars can now set their sights on making a serious run at the regular season conference crown.  They get UCLA and USC at home, as well as Cal and Stanford.  They have to travel to Seattle which could be tough, and they'll follow that game with a trip to Eugene to try to avenge their overtime loss to the Ducks last week.






(17-6, 7-3)

The Trojans made easy pickens of the Beavers Thursday night and now have their sights on the Ducks who will hobble into the Galen center after their humbling loss to the Bruins, 69-57.  USC can match up with the Ducks at all positions and quite honestly, I expect them to win Saturday.  Floyd understands how to win and seems to be pushing all the right buttons this season.  Unlike other Pac-10 teams who are greatly underachieving, Floyd is getting the most out of his players because above anything else, he might be the best game day coach in the Pac-10.






(14-6, 6-3)

Stanford's double overtime loss to Gonzaga, 90-86, on Wednesday had to be a tough pill to swallow.  The Cardinal had a fantastic run to end the first half of conference play and a big win against the Zags would have kept things rolling right along.  How will they respond after the loss?  The Cal Bears will be eager to find out this weekend.






(14-7, 5-5)

Wow.  So this is what losing feels like.  Not only is Arizona losing, but they're losing at home.  I mean, c'mon.  Granted the teams they're falling too have all been ranked teams but last time I checked this was the U of A.  Arizona doesn't lose but five or six times a season and when they do it's usually to a team that played way over their head and still needed all the pieces to fall perfectly into place to best the Wildcats by a point or two.  Lately, Arizona seems like they're trailing teams all game long.  This team, with all its potential, is doing everything in their power to be known as Arizona's most disappointing squad ever.  I leave that up to healthy debate but right now it's hard to see this team beating any opponent with a winning record the remainder of the season and I'm hardly kidding.






(14-7, 4-6)

Wow.  So this is what winning feels like.  Jon Brockmon was the tip tonight against the Sun Devils, raced down the court and converted on a thunderous dunk and that was all she wrote.  Three in a row now for the Huskies who just might be catching the reeling Wildcats at the right time to pull off the big upset.  The way these two teams are heading in opposite directions right now, the Huskies may very well play their way into March Madness and they might use what once was Arizona's ticket to the Big Dance to get in.






(12-9, 4-5)

Anderson continues to be a great story and setting the foundation for what could amount to be an outstanding career in the Pac-10.  He needs more support though from his teammates.  Every night out, it does seem like one player will step up and help the freshman out but Cal needs three or four players clicking to win this season in the highly competitive Pac-10.  Ubaka and Wilkes are both capable and the return of Hardin (if he returns) won't hurt.



Oregon State



(9-14, 1-9)

Right now the Beavers have three games circled on their schedule that suddenly look like potential wins.  Arizona and Arizona State next week and Washington later in the month.  All three games are in Corvallis and the Beavers are always good for at least one monster upset win a season at home. 



Arizona State



(6-15, 0-10)

Don't be fooled by Thursday's 66-61 final score against the Huskies.  The Sun Devils were blown out of their own gym, falling behind by 24 points before staging a late second half rally that made the outcome look reasonable to box score junkies.  It's not that ASU is as bad as their winless conference record may suggest.  It's that the Pac-10's top eight teams are so good it's hard for this young team with their new coach to break in new schemes and expect to win against such quality opponents game after game.







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