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Basketball Power Rankings Week 11

Pac-12 Basketball: Week 11 Power Rankings

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By Dane Miller & Nicholas Bartlett, SportsPac12 Senior Writers

—No. 1—

1. Oregon (3-1, 14-3) —Previous Ranking: 2 

The Ducks swept the Arizona schools in Eugene, taking sole possession of second place in the Conference standings. Payton Pritchard averaged 23.5 points over the home stand, and Will Richardson put up 21 points in a game-changing performance against Arizona. Dana Altman has Oregon right where it needs to be heading into its road trip to Washington.

—No. 2—

2. Colorado (2-1, 13-3) —Previous Ranking: 3 

The Buffs dismantled rival Utah in their best showing of the year. CU held Utah’s star forward Timmy Allen to seven points in the type of smothering defense it will need to sustain on the road to win the Conference. Colorado's balanced scoring attack provides plenty of options, with Evan Battey, Tyler Bey, McKinley Wright IV, and D’Shawn Schwartz all capable of scoring in double figures.

—No. 3—

3. Stanford (3-0, 14-2) —Previous Ranking: 5 

Off to its best start since 2003-04, the Cardinal swept the Washington schools at Maples Pavilion to maintain sole possession of first place in the Conference. Jarod Haase engineered a come-from-behind victory over a shorthanded Washington team, and the Tree followed it up with an explosion of offense against Washington State. Stanford gets its first road test in Pac-12 play this week at the L.A. schools.

—No. 4—

4. USC (2-1, 13-3) —Previous Ranking: 8 

Even with Onyeka Okongwu dealing with foul trouble all game, the Trojans managed to dispatch UCLA by 11 points in Andy Enfield’s first matchup with Mick Cronin. USC got it done behind a poised game from Nick Rakocevic, and a career-night from Ethan Anderson. The Men of Troy have their first home games of the Conference season this week against the Bay Area teams, a pivotal stretch for a team still playing below its potential.

—No. 5—

5. Oregon State (2-2, 12-4) —Previous Ranking: 7 

The Beavers recorded their first win over a ranked team in four seasons by out-hustling Arizona in Corvallis. Coupled with an earlier victory over Colorado in Boulder, OSU is in good position to land an NCAA tournament birth. If the Beavs can manage a split against the Washington schools, they could be well-positioned to make a run at the regular-season Pac-12 title as well.

—No. 6— 

6. Arizona (1-2, 11-5) —Previous Ranking: 1 

The Cats dropped both of their games in Oregon, and have yet to win a true road game this season. Each loss drops Sean Miller’s team lower in bracket projections, and continual defeats could put UA’s tournament expectations into question. While inconsistent play is to be expected when starting three freshmen, the failure of the upperclassmen to fill the void has been Arizona’s Achilles heel.

—No. 7—

7. Arizona State (1-2, 10-6) —Previous Ranking: 9 

The Sun Devils rebounded from a devastating blowout loss at Arizona with a solid win at Oregon State. The Ducks put up a better fight, dispatching ASU by 10. Remy Martin, who scored 24 and 29 in those matchups, respectively, continues to carry a disproportionate share of the load. ASU hosts Colorado and Utah this week needing at least a split. 

—No. 8—

8. Utah (1-2, 10-5) —Previous Ranking: 6 

Losers of three of their last four, the Utes tied a season-low output of 52 points in a blowout loss to rival Colorado. While the uneven start is less than ideal, Utah has faced some of the toughest teams in the Pac-12 in its opening three games. Unfortunately, things don’t get any easier as the Utes head to Arizona for a road swing in the desert. Regardless, Timmy Allen must play better after scoring just seven points against CU.

—No. 9—

9. Washington (1-3, 11-6) —Previous Ranking: 4 

Washington's up-and-down, confusing season continued with the suspension of point guard Quade Green for academic reasons, and road losses to Stanford and Cal. The Huskies find themselves in danger of losing touch with the Pac-12 leaders, and can't afford to be swept again, especially not at home against the tough Oregon schools this week in Seattle. Some soul-searching may be in order for the Dawgs.

—No. 1o—

10. California (2-1, 8-8) —Previous Ranking: 12 

In perhaps the most shocking result of the conference season, the Bears swept the Washington schools to keep pace with the Pac-12 leaders after the second weekend of Conference play. While the roster situation of other teams is out of its control, Cal took the opportunities it had against the players on the court. The victories provided Mark Fox’s team with renewed confidence, which they must now carry over in L.A. this week.

—No. 11—

11. UCLA (1-2, 8-8) —Previous Ranking: 10 

The Bruins lost to cross town rival USC in their only matchup last week. Despite playing the Trojans tough in the first half, UCLA couldn't handle USC inside after the break. Chris Smith, Prince Ali, and Jalen Hill each scored in double figures, and that offensive balance must continue for the Bruins to reverse their fortunes and begin realizing their potential later in the season.

—No. 12—

12. Washington State (1-3, 10-7) —Previous Ranking: 11 

The Cougs jumped to an early lead against Cal but struggled to find their offensive rhythm, losing a close, winnable contest in Berkeley. Stanford dominated the Cougars in their second game of the week, showing how much work remains to be done in Pullman. Moving forward they’ll need to continue leaning on CJ Elleby and find the sophomore star the help he needs as he solidifies his role as the team's leader.

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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