What a week in the Pac-12.
No, not on the court. That was pretty much overshadowed by the FBI investigation and Sean Miller wiretap news that came out last Friday. But, despite the ineligibility of Allonzo Trier and Miller’s coaching status up in the air, Arizona still tops our power rankings.
Here’s how we ranked the Conference of Champions this week:
Pac-12 power rankings — Feb. 27
|2||USC (+1)||USC (+2)||USC|
|3||Stanford (+3)||Stanford (+3)||Stanford|
|4||Oregon (+4)||Utah (+1)||Utah|
|6||UCLA (-2)||Oregon (+1)||UCLA|
|7||Arizona State (-5)||Washington (+1)||Washington|
|8||Washington||Arizona State (-5)||Colorado|
|9||Colorado||Oregon State||Oregon State|
|10||Oregon State||Colorado||Arizona State|
|11||California||Washington State||Washington State|
Destin: UCLA could have been 21-8. But they’re not. The Colorado loss may have bounced them out of the Tournament. Oregon looks great. Too bad the Ducks are 1-6 on the road in conference play. If USC takes care of business at home against the Bruins and the Sun Devils don’t completely collapse, the Pac-12 should have three teams in the “Big Dance,” including troubled Arizona.
Kaye: Three Pac-12 teams — USC, UCLA and Washington — are on the NCAA Tournament bubble, but only one hasn’t shot itself in the foot over the last few weeks. Washington has lost four of its last six games and UCLA just got swept in the Rocky Mountains. USC, however, has elevated its stock each of the last two weeks with two sweeps. If the Pac-12 gets a third, or maybe even fourth, team into March Madness, it may take a deep run in the Pac-12 Tournament by one of those three teams.
Tonis: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Sun Devils have the longest active losing streak in the Pac-12, likely dooming them to the dreaded noon Wednesday tip at the Pac-12 Tournament. Southward, recent reports won’t keep Arizona out of the top spot, but new developments could still impact them moving forward. While the standings are still shaking out, the conference is wide open heading into the final week of the regular season with an NCAA Tournament bid up for grabs next week in Sin City.