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Basketball Power Rankings Week 13

Pac-12 Basketball: Week 13 Power Rankings

Cal's Paris Austin dunks the ball over Stanford's Bryce Wills yesterday. | California Athletics

By Dane Miller & Nicholas Bartlett, SportsPac12 Senior Writers

—No. 1—

1. Oregon (6-2, 17-4) —Previous Ranking: 1 

The Ducks swept the Los Angeles schools in Eugene, including a double overtime victory over USC. Chris Duarte had his best week of the season, putting up 30 points against the Trojans and 24 on the Bruins. The two victories sent UO to the top of the standings at the midpoint of the conference season. On top of that, Oregon’s five Quad 1 wins pace the Pac-12, giving Dana Altman’s team one of the best resumes in the country.  

—No. 2—

2. USC (5-2, 16-4) —Previous Ranking: 5 

Andy Enfield led his team to a split on the road, dominating Oregon State and dropping a heart-breaker to Oregon. USC’s newfound confidence has translated to strong showings, and the emergence of Ethan Anderson has been a game-changer. The double overtime defeat to Oregon proved how dangerous the Trojans may be in March, while their 5-2 record in true road games will reap benefits on Selection Sunday.

—No. 3—

3. Colorado (5-2, 16-4) —Previous Ranking: 4 

The Buffs are starting to look like a group primed to make a run at the Conference title. On Thursday, they dispatched WSU easily with a balanced and complete team performance. Saturday, they repeated the process, handling Washington, and cruising to a comfortable victory. Lucas Siewert scored 16, and 12 points respectively giving CU another solid scoring option. The Buffs now have four guys who can consistently put the ball in the hole.

—No. 4—

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

Losing a game at the hand of your rival is a tough loss, but choking away a 22-point lead to your sworn enemy is an outcome that could alter the course of a season. In what may prove to be a breaking point, Sean Miller was unable to keep the Wildcats from suffering a defeat to ASU for the third time out of the last four. Arizona has the potential to beat any team on the West Coast, but its inconsistency makes it a wildcard.

—No. 5—

5. Stanford (4-2, 15-4) —Previous Ranking: 3 

On the road, down two, with two seconds remaining in the game, Stanford in-bounded the ball, drove to the hoop, and made a layup. Unfortunately, the buzzer went off before the ball left Bryce Wills’ hand, and the Cardinal dropped a shocker to cross-town rival California. Luckily for the Tree, their NET ranking is high, but continued performances like this could move them back onto the bubble.

—No. 6— 

6. Arizona State (3-3, 12-7) —Previous Ranking: 8 

In what could be the game of the week in the Pac-12, the Sun Devils climbed back from 22 points to defeat their rival Arizona. This is the type of outing that can change the trajectory of ASU’s season. Point Guard Remy Martin finished with 24 points, and has now scored more than 20 in seven straight contests. Next up, the Devils travel to WSU, where the Cougars have been tough to beat.

—No. 7—

7. Utah (3-4, 12-7) —Previous Ranking: 10 

The Utes returned to their winning ways, sweeping the Washington schools at the Huntsman Center. Larry Krystkowiak managed to breathe new life into his team, which had lost four straight. Rylan Jones’ continues his development, and could provide the spark to jolt Utah back into the Pac-12 race. It remains to be seen if the young Utes can consistently perform at the level needed to win on the road.

—No. 8—

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

The Huskies performances this week were absolutely embarrassing. On Thursday, The Dawgs outplayed the Utes the entirety of the matchup, only to squander away the game in the final minutes. On Saturday, they were dominated by Colorado, knocking them all the way to last place in the Pac-12. On paper, this is one of the most talented teams in the Conference, but thus far, it hasn't translated well on the court.

—No. 9—

9. California (3-3, 9-10) —Previous Ranking: 12 

In their only game of the week, the Bears stunned Stanford in Mark Fox’s first victory over the Tree. By any measure, the first year under Fox has been a resounding success, as California is in the thick of the Conference race, locked in a three-way tie for fifth place. If Cal can continue winning at home, and sneak out a win or two on the road, it may find itself with a favorable matchup in the Pac-12 Tournament.

—No. 1o—

10. UCLA (3-4, 10-10) —Previous Ranking: 11 

The Bruins had an up and down week, but taken in its entirely, could be considered a success. On Thursday, UCLA beat the Beavers in a close, back-and-forth game in Corvallis. This is the type of win the program needs to keep trending in the right direction. Sunday was a different story, as the Bruins were beat handily by an impressive Oregon team, but it goes down as a "good" loss on the road. Chris Smith is emerging as the best scorer on UCLA's roster.

—No. 11—

11. Oregon State (2-6, 12-8) —Previous Ranking: 7 

The Beavers had high hopes this year, but suddenly they find themselves near the bottom of the Conference standings. Their home loss against UCLA on Thursday was a gut punch, as this should have been an easy victory. On Saturday, road-tested USC destroyed OSU from start to finish. If this weekend’s results transforms into a trend, coach Wayne Tinkle could find himself on the hot seat.

—No. 12—

12. Washington State (3-5, 12-9) —Previous Ranking: 9 

The Cougars have officially come back down to earth after their home sweep of the Oregon schools the previous week. On Thursday, WSU kept within striking range for much of the game before the Buffs pulled away, cruising to an easy victory. The Cougs never did find their footing in Salt Lake City, getting outplayed wire-to-wire by Utah. WSU has been tough at home, but has yet to find a way to replicate that toughness on the road.

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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