Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings: Arizona reigns surpreme

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Check out where the Sun Devils fall in our first batch of Pac-12 power rankings.

After two weekends of conference play, it is time to see where each team sits in the Pac-12. This year's Pac-12 is one of the deepest in recent memory, and projects to get five to seven teams in the NCAA tournament.

It's no surprise that Arizona leads the first batch of rankings as the Wildcats have been dominant thus far this season, putting together good wins out of conference and in the Pac-12.

1. Arizona Wildcats (17-0, 4-0)

The Wildcats have been the most dominant team in the country, with victories over Duke, Michigan, UCLA and San Diego State this season. Sean Miller has his team playing unselfish basketball and its defense and athleticism make the Wildcats a national title contender.

2. UCLA Bruins (13-3, 2-1)

The Bruins rank eighth nationally in points per game, fourth in assists and third in field goal percentage. Two of UCLA's three losses have come against top 10 opponents, including No. 1 Arizona on Thursday night. UCLA has seven players that average over 7.0 PPG.

3. Colorado Buffaloes (14-3, 3-1)

The Buffaloes won their first three conference games before losing to Washington by 17 on Sunday. They fall behind UCLA because of the injury to star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The junior guard leads Colorado in scoring but suffered a torn ACL this weekend and will miss the rest of the season.

4. California Golden Bears (12-4, 3-0)

The Golden Bears are the only unbeaten team in conference play besides Arizona. They started their conference campaign with a victory over Stanford and followed it up with a 13-point victory over Oregon on the road. Cal is the only conference team this season to win three games on the road in the Pac-12.

5. Oregon Ducks (13-3, 1-3)

Oregon finished its nonconference slate unbeaten, with victories over Ole Miss, Illinois and BYU. The Ducks were ranked as high as No. 10 in the AP Poll. However, Oregon has started conference play just 1-3, with losses to Colorado California and Stanford. Oregon's only Pac-12 victory came in overtime against Utah.

6. Washington Huskies (11-6, 3-1)

Washington suffered nonconference losses to UC Irvine, Boston College and UCONN. Still, the Huskies have started 3-1 in conference play, with their only defeat coming to Arizona, on the road by nine points. Washington has thrust itself back into tournament contention with a 17-point victory over Colorado on Sunday.

7. Stanford Cardinal (10-5, 1-2)

The Cardinal are just ahead of the Sun Devils because they have beaten two ranked teams, including No. 10 Connecticut on the road. The Cardinal started 0-2 in conference play, including a surprising loss to Oregon State on the road. Stanford rebounded by beating No. 17 Oregon by two.

8. Arizona State Sun Devils (13-4, 2-2)

The Sun Devils have had an up and down season and are hard to figure out. They have won all the games they were expected to win, however they have looked overmatched in their losses. The Sun Devils were not competitive against Washington or UCLA.

9. Utah Utes (12-4, 1-3)

Utah is off to one of their best starts in school history, and this is the best Utah team since its it joined the Pac-12. Utah's three conference losses have come by a combined seven points. Utah may have been placed higher in our rankings if not for a loss to Washington State.

10. Oregon State Beavers (9-7, 1-3)

Oregon State has shown it can be competitive in conference games, losing to California by five and Colorado by six. However, the Beavers also have losses to Akron, Hawaii and Coppin State.

11. Washington State Cougars (8-8, 1-3)

The Cougars have steadily improved in conference play since their 60-25 drubbing against Arizona in their Pac-12 opener. Washington State lost to Colorado by one in overtime and beat Utah on Sunday.

12. USC Trojans (9-7, 0-3)

The Trojans are the only team without a win after two weeks of conference play, as Andy Enfield continues to struggle in his first season at the helm of the Trojans. USC has lost its three Pac-12 games by an average of 24.3 points per game.

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