Pac-10 Weekly Stack Ranking

UCLA holds steady at the top while the bottom two teams flip flop. Arizona makes the biggest jump of the week but no team stakes a bigger claim to their ranking than Wazzu. Wins and losses at this point officially have the chance to make or break a season. This is no more evident than in the states of Washington and Arizona where three marquee games are set to take place.

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The Pac-10 Weekly Stack Ranking returns to its normal Wednesday timeslot.















(21-3, 10-2)

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The Bruins took one on the chin against West Virginia last Saturday, but they won the game that mattered most in beating USC.  Against WVU, the Bruins were without their point guard, Collison, and fell victim to some rather questionable calls that helped the Mountaineers jump out to the big lead.  This week UCLA visits the Arizona schools and will probably need both Collison and Mata in the line up to get the sweep.  That said UCLA had no problem dispatching of Arizona a month ago when another of their stars, M'bah a Moute, was sidelined by injury.  Saturday is an 11 AM tip time so both the Bruins and Wildcats will have little time to prepare after what could be difficult Thursday night games for both. 



Washington State



(21-4, 10-3)

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If there was even a hint of doubt remaining that the Cougars aren't for real, they erased them with a sweep of the Bay Area schools last week.  Wazzu thoroughly dominated both Stanford and California and will look to make it five wins in a row when they visit rival Washington tonight.  They throttled the Huskies a month ago and tonight should be no different.






(18-7, 8-4)

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This spot belongs to the Trojans right now but I'm guessing not for long.  If the Trojans get out of Arizona with two wins then being ranked third is/will be well deserved.  If they lose to the Wildcats on Thursday night then no matter what Arizona does against UCLA, the Cats will move up.  USC has had a full week to prepare for tomorrow's game and that could work to their advantage.  What will also work to their advantage is if the referees continue to let the Trojans clutch and grab on defense as they've done all season.  If they don't well then all you have to do is look to UCLA's loss at West Virginia last Saturday to see how physical teams do when the game is being called tightly.






(17-7, 8-5)

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Is it just me or does Arizona's overall and conference records look a lot like USC's?  Take away the records and you'd think the Trojans were seven or eight games better than the Wildcats.  Take away the records and you'd think it was USC who had been to 22 straight NCAA tournaments.  Take away the records and you'd think that Tim Floyd was the Dean of the Pac-10, not Lute Olson.  Can you tell that I'm a little sick about hearing how wonderful the Trojans are and how bad Arizona is.  I hope so.  I also hope our players are as angry as I am and use the opportunity to prove a point tomorrow night in McKale when they take on the Cardinal and Gold.  Make no mistake it'll take a great effort by the Wildcats to beat a very good USC team who is having a strong season, but enough of the doomsday talk about Arizona already.






(20-5, 8-5)

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With the home loss to Arizona last Saturday, Oregon is now 1-3 in the second half of conference play.  As predicted, the Law of Averages is catching up to them and all those games they were once winning in the closing minutes have lately gone the other way.  Oregon will look to get healthy in the Bay Area this week, but it won't be easy.  Brooks' is coming off back-to-back low scoring games and the Ducks will need him to regain his shooting touch if they expect to beat Stanford on Saturday.  Thursday night, they can probably afford to not play their best and still win but then again, no win is a lock in the Pac-10 this year.






(15-8, 7-5)

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Stanford sent a message to conference foes during the first half of Pac-10 play when they started out a surprising 6-3.  The Pac-10 has finally responded back and it hasn't been pretty for the Trees.  The Cardinal were anything but competitive in the Pacific Northwest last week and will look to this week's home stand to hopefully right the ship.  They draw Oregon State first before welcoming in the Ducks for a primetime Saturday night match up that, like all Pac-10 games, won't be broadcast nationally because there's no East Coast bias.






(16-8, 6-7)

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Washington can literally control their destiny.  Tonight they face off against rival Washington State.  A win would put them at .500 in conference and would set the stage for a late conference run.  Saturday, they will visit Big East leader Pittsburgh for an out of conference "resume building" game of epic proportions.  Washington also still plays UCLA, USC and Oregon – all high profile teams that by beating them will seriously bolster their cause to be the fifth, sixth or even seventh team from the Pac-10 to get into the big dance.  Of course, the tough schedule could prove to be a total disaster if the Huskies continue to only beat inferior opponents (lone quality win since December – Stanford at home).






(12-12, 4-8)

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Cal will draw an angry and almost desperate Oregon team on Thursday and that's not good news for the Bears.  On the brighter side, they'll square off against the Beavers on Saturday in a game they should win.  It's a shame that Ubaka won't be around to play another season with Anderson because the two are very fun to watch.  This team is much better than their six straight losses would indicate.  Unfortunately, the Pac-10 is just too good top to bottom which makes major upsets of the upper echelon teams few and far between.  A win over Oregon would obviously be considered a huge upset. 



Oregon State



(10-16, 2-11)

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Congratulations to the Beavers.  They played hard last week and darn near pulled of a sweep of the Arizona schools.  They let the Wildcats escape with a victory but were not so kind to the Sun Devils who might have blown their last opportunity to win a conference game this season.  They'll be in the Bay Area this week and although they'll most likely struggle in Palo Alto they have a great chance of upending the Bears.  For those watching, you'll be treated to a great match up of star players when Cal's Anderson and OSU's Jones take to the floor. 



Arizona State



(6-18, 0-13)

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The Sun Devils can't buy a win.  They've been so close, yet still seem so far away.  They played well in Eugene in nearly upsetting the Ducks.  They then struggled in Corvallis and fell to the Beavers.  This week it won't get any easier.  They draw an injured UCLA team first but will only be able to compete if the Bruins have their minds elsewhere.  They then get USC on Saturday which will be bad anyway you cut it.  If USC happens to lose to Arizona on Thursday, then the Trojans will play desperate to salvage the split and keep themselves in contention for a high Pac-10 seed and birth in the NCAA Tourney.  If they beat Arizona, then USC will look to pound ASU into submission early to assure that they come out with a win and a firm stranglehold on third place in the Pac-10 with only four games to go.


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