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Basketball Power Rankings Week 10

Pac-12 Basketball: Week 10 Power Rankings

Oregon State's Kylor Kelley shots over Colorado's Dallas Walton last week. | OSU Athletics.

By Dane Miller & Nicholas Bartlett, SportsPac12 Senior Writers

—No. 1—

1. Arizona (1-0, 11-3) —Previous Ranking: 4 

Sean Miller’s comments to the media and private discussions with his players lit a fire under the reeling Cats, who completely dominated Arizona State. Arizona’s star freshmen have a more sharpened role, and the expectations of the supporting cast has been made clear. The return of Stone Gettings is a pivotal development for the Wildcats, whose three losses have all come during his absence. A split on the upcoming Oregon trip would set up UA for a realistic run at the regular-season title. 

—No. 2—

2. Oregon (1-1, 12-3) —Previous Ranking: 1 

The Ducks split their Mountain trip, doing what they needed to do in the race for the Conference title. Oregon followed up its ninth-straight loss in Boulder with a respectable win over Utah. Payton Pritchard willed his team to victory, playing with a bloodied nose to lead his team to a come-from-behind win. With arguably the hardest road trip in the Pac-12 out of the way, Dana Altman can turn his focus to defending Matthew Knight Arena as the Arizona schools come to town this week.    

—No. 3—

3. Colorado (1-1, 12-3) —Previous Ranking: 2 

The Buffs mixed season continued with an impressive win over Oregon, followed by a head-scratching loss to the Beavers. Colorado needs to establish a consistent and reliable go-to dog, whether McKinley Wright IV or someone else with the game on the line late. The Buffs showed they have the defensive talent and experience to smother elite teams the caliber of the Ducks, but need more offense down the stretch to overcome an equally tough defense, such as OSU's stifling 1-3-1 zone.

—No. 4—

4. Washington (1-1, 11-4) —Previous Ranking: 3 

The Huskies suffered an embarrassing loss against UCLA on Thursday, but responded against USC on Sunday night to keep pace with the Pac-12's other 1-1 teams. Washington may be the most talented team in the Conference, but their inexperience could prove costly early on, especially on the road. Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels will cause problems for every team on UW's schedule, provided the freshmen tandem continues to mature.

—No. 5—

5. Stanford (1-0, 12-2) —Previous Ranking: 5 

After dropping two straight to Cal at Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal took care of business behind a season-high 20 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals from Daejon Davis. Stanford has a favorable schedule to begin Conference play with the Washington schools visiting the Bay Area this week. The home stretch puts the Tree in a position to move into first place in the Pac-12 standings by defending their home court.

—No. 6—

6. Utah (1-1, 10-4) —Previous Ranking: 7 

Inconsistency has plagued the Utes all year, but defending the Huntsman Center had been a constant. Utah took care of Oregon State, but stumbled against an Oregon squad needing to bounce back. The split was a realistic outcome for Larry Krystkowiak’s young team, which hasn't yet taken the next step toward becoming a legitimate Pac-12 contender. Still, each victory brings them progressively closer to an at-large bid; and a win at Colorado this week would likely catapult them into a handful of bracket projections. 

—No. 7—

7. Oregon State (1-1, 11-3) —Previous Ranking: 8 

The Beavers finished their up-and-down week on the right foot, claiming an upset victory over Colorado after an understandable, if regrettable, loss to Utah earlier in the week. For OSU to continue their winning ways, they need to find a perimeter scoring threat to complement Ethan Thompson, and build on the success of their zone defense in Boulder. Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley could be the best post duo in the Pac-12.

—No. 8—

8. USC (1-1, 12-3) —Previous Ranking: 6 

The Trojans posted their worst performance of the season in a blowout loss to Washington, shooting just 20% from the field. Fortunately, USC's win over Washington State earlier in the week secured a split in the Apple State. Andy Enfield has to be concerned about his team's sharp regression following a six-game winning streak dating back to November. This week’s matchup with rival UCLA provides an opportunity for the Trojans to regain their confidence and footing.

—No. 9—

9. Arizona State (0-1, 9-5) —Previous Ranking: 9 

The Sun Devils got manhandled by rival Arizona to open Pac-12 play, exposing more weaknesses in the process. The biggest issue has been a lack of leadership and confidence, especially after the debilitating non-conference losses to St. Mary’s and Creighton. Junior guard Remy Martin needs to take charge of the team, enabling the talented and capable group of Alonzo Verge Jr., Romello White, and Rob Edwards to coalesce as a productive unit.

—No. 1o—

10. UCLA (1-1, 8-7) —Previous Ranking: 11 

In arguably the most impressive win of the early Conference season, the Bruins took down Washington in Seattle, revealing tremendous untapped potential. Sadly, UCLA followed up that performance with a sloppy loss to WSU, squandering away a lead in the last ten minutes. Despite missing out on what might have been their best chance for a road sweep, the Bruins showed some promising signs of the fight characteristic of previous Mick Cronin-coached teams.

—No. 11—

11. Washington State (1-1, 10-5) —Previous Ranking: 10 

Thus far, the Cougs look like a revitalized team under new head coach Kyle Smith. They opened the week with a tough loss to USC, but rebounded with a gutty comeback win against the bigger and more-talented Bruins. While CJ Elleby has struggled early in Pac-12 play, he showed he can be counted on to come through in the clutch, sinking the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, which provided the impetus Washington State needed to close out the game in overtime.

—No. 12—

12. California (0-1, 6-8) —Previous Ranking: 12 

Despite battling hard, the Bears could not overcome the substantial skill-gap of their rival Stanford. Cal has now lost four straight, giving Mark Fox’s team only two victories since Thanksgiving. This week’s game against Washington State presents one the best opportunities for the Bears to snare a Conference win this season. Losing to the Cougars would open the door to a possible 0-18 conference campaign.

Dane Miller (@DaneMiller_SP12) covers Pac-12 football and basketball as a Senior Writer for Miller also co-hosts and produces "The Dane & Nick Show," a SportsPac12 Radio Podcast.

Nicholas Bartlett (@WordsByBartlett) covers Pac-12 football and basketball as a Senior Writer for Bartlett also co-hosts and co-produces "The Dane & Nick Show," a SportsPac12 Radio Podcast.

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