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Pac-12 basketball power rankings — Feb. 27

Arizona and USC top our charts

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

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.

With just one more week until the Pac-12 Tournament, a few teams are trying to sneak their way into a first-round bye while others are trying to get themselves off of the NCAA Tournament bubble.

Here’s how we ranked the Conference of Champions this week:

Pac-12 power rankings — Feb. 27

Rank Josiah Jordan Tonis
Rank Josiah Jordan Tonis
1 Arizona Arizona Arizona
2 USC (+1) USC (+2) USC
3 Stanford (+3) Stanford (+3) Stanford
4 Oregon (+4) Utah (+1) Utah
5 Utah UCLA (-3) Oregon
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
12 Washington State California California

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.