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Basketball Power Rankings Week 12

Pac-12 Basketball: Week 12 Power Rankings

USC freshman Onyeka Okongwu dunks the ball against Stanford. | USC Athletics

By Dane Miller & Nicholas Bartlett, SportsPac12 Senior Writers

—No. 1—

1. Oregon (4-2, 15-4) —Previous Ranking: 1 

The Ducks split their Apple State trip, beating Washington in overtime and dropping a shocker to Washington State. While the WSU loss was easily UO’s worst of the season, Payton Pritchard shook it off and led his team to victory in Seattle. The poised senior hit a deep three near the end of regulation, as well as the game-winner from 34 feet in overtime. 

—No. 2—

2. Arizona (3-2, 13-5) —Previous Ranking: 6 

Sean Miller finally got the defensive performance he expects, and the rebounding effort he was clamoring for, in Arizona’s home sweep of the Mountain schools. Max Hazzard hit nine three’s over the two games, while Ira Lee provided a spark off the bench in the Colorado matchup. The 21-point victory over CU was the Cats’ first Quad 1 victory, significantly boosting their tournament resume.

—No. 3—

3. Stanford (4-1, 15-3) —Previous Ranking: 3 

Unable to maintain a 21-point lead in the second half, the Cardinal showed their youth and inexperience in an overtime loss to USC. While Jarod Haase’s team came away with a split of the LA schools, the collapse against the Trojans was painful. Despite that, the Tree have the talent to beat anyone in the conference.

—No. 4—

4. Colorado (3-2, 14-4) —Previous Ranking: 2 

The Buffs opened up the week with a victory against ASU, led by forward Tyler Bey's 19 points and eight rebounds. But against Arizona, Colorado got mollywhopped, losing by 21. There seems to be no clear indication as to how good this team really is, or can be, but it isn't likely to make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament if it doesn't play with better consistency.

—No. 5—

5. USC (4-1, 15-3) —Previous Ranking: 4 

The Trojans secured a sweep of the Bay Area schools with an historic 21-point come-from-behind victory over Stanford. Down five with 17 seconds left, USC forced two turnovers and hit the game-tying three to force overtime. Elijah Weaver scored eight points in the extra period, sealing the largest Trojan comeback in 23 years. Andy Enfield has the Men of Troy on a path for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017.

—No. 6— 

6. Washington (2-4, 12-7) —Previous Ranking: 9 

The Huskies played up to their talent level on Thursday night, dispatching the Beavers with a balanced performance in which five different players scored 10 points or more. On Saturday, they choked away a game against the Ducks, reinforcing a disconcerting trend. The Dawgs could be the most talented team in the Pac-12 but their record would seem to indicate otherwise.

—No. 7—

7. Oregon State (2-4, 12-6) —Previous Ranking: 5 

The Beavers had a tough road trip to Washington, losing both games. They opened up the week with a loss on Thursday night against the Dawgs, followed by a defeat to the Cougs on Saturday. If they hope to make the NCAA Tournament, they’ll likely need to win three out of their next four contests against lesser competition. OSU is now in crisis mode.

—No. 8—

8. Arizona State (2-3, 11-7) —Previous Ranking: 7 

The Sun Devils appeared to find their rhythm with two solid performances this past week. ASU played Colorado tough but ended up losing, rebounding with a decisive win over Utah. Point guard Remy Martin is blossoming into a certified star, while Romello White is proving to be a viable second option. Down the stretch, they’ll need to find another consistent scorer.

—No. 9—

9. Washington State (3-3, 12-7) —Previous Ranking: 12 

The Cougs put together their best basketball weekend in quite some time, beginning with Thursday's shocking upset of  No. 8 Oregon.  They followed that with a solid victory over Oregon State on Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement night. Forward CJ Elleby is learning how to be a team leader, and point guard Isaac Bonton is showing glimpses of stardom.

—No. 1o—

10. Utah (1-4, 10-7) —Previous Ranking: 8 

While the Utes' struggles early in the Pac-12 season were expected, due to their youth, their recent performance has been worse than anticipated. In fairness, no team in the conference has faced a more difficult start to open league play, but the margin of defeat in Utah's recent games has been questionable. In the long run, these learning experiences should make Larry Krystkowiak’s team a substantial threat, even if in a season or two.

—No. 11—

11. UCLA (2-3, 9-9) —Previous Ranking: 11 

The Bruins failed to show up ready for their game against Stanford, and the Cardinal took advantage, beating them by 15. On Sunday, UCLA found a way to win a tight contest against Cal in a must-win situation. Moving forward, the Bruins need to find a consistent third scoring option outside of Chris Smith and Jalen Hill. Prince Ali needs to take his game to another level for the Bruins to remain competitive.

—No. 12—

12. California (2-3, 8-10) —Previous Ranking: 10 

The Bears were swept by UCLA and USC to remain winless on the road under first year coach Mark Fox. While the home victories against the Washington schools two weeks ago raised expectations of a possible split against the Los Angeles schools, the defeats were not out of character. All in all, Cal’s start to Pac-12 play has been encouraging, and they have yet to lose a Conference game at home.

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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