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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week Five

Posted by naterb on December 7, 2009

Most seasons if you lose a close game, you’re going to drop a spot or two in the conference power rankings. Most seasons if you get blown out on the road you’re going to drop in the power rankings as well. But this isn’t most seasons.

The PAC-10 is down a significant amount, there’s no question about it. It is down so much that losing on your home court to a team that finished ninth in the Big-12 actually solidifies a higher spot in the power rankings.  It’s still early, but things are certainly starting to take form in the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week Four

Posted by naterb on December 1, 2009

Last week I gave UCLA the benefit of the doubt in keeping them in the top half of the conference, but it appears as though I shouldn’t have. The Bruins are in bad shape with or without Dragovic and have taken the biggest hit in these rankings of the year dropping four spots this week.

The thing about all of this though, is you can pretty much throw all of it out the window once conference play starts. But we’ll go along pretending I have a clue as to what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 3

Posted by naterb on November 25, 2009

It has certainly been a bizzare week of PAC-10 basketball. With so many teams struggling out of the gate it not only looks like the PAC-10 is down, but it is way down. But as I said earlier, withhold your judgement. Afterall, do you really trust records that put Arizona State (4-0) as the top team in the conference?

That is the very reason I do the Power Rankings, because the quality of a team isn’t just in wins and losses… Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 2

Posted by naterb on November 19, 2009

**This week’s Power Rankings are only for the games THROUGH Sunday, November 15.**

It is still really early in the season, but there are a few things of note already, but really not much change in the power rankings this week. Just two major ones moves. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 1

Posted by naterb on November 7, 2009

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  1. Washington Huskies – Reigning conference champs have lost a little, but have added a great recruiting class. They deserve this spot until Cal or someone else can wrestle it away from them.
  2. Cal Golden Bears – After returning almost their entire roster Cal looks primed for a charge to the top of the conference. They’ll need more production from their bench if they hope to stave off another late-season melt down.
  3. UCLA Bruins– Not many teams are capable of remaining in the top three in their conference after losing so many key players, but UCLA was deep a year ago and added a Top 10 recruiting class to the mix. It’ll be bumpy early, but they’ll earn their stripes.
  4. Oregon State Beavers – The Beavers only lost one key player and added a Top 25 recruiting class. Combining Craig Robinsons coaching prowess and the talented players, the Beavers will turn some heads this year.
  5. Oregon Ducks – Don’t buy into the Ducks being a basement team for two years in a row with the amount of talent they have. Dunigan will have matured, and the Ducks should rebound from a dismal season.
  6. Arizona Wildcats – The ‘Cats won’t likely finish here, but until their freshman and role players step up, they haven’t earned a better slot after losing Budinger and Hill in the off-season. Their Top-15 recruiting class and new coach Sean Miller will provide a huge boost. Look for the ‘Cats to make significant strides throughout the year.
  7. Arizona State Sun Devils – After the departure of Tarden and Pendergraph, the Sun Devils will return to their painful slow-down brand of ball circa 2007. With Glasser still at the helm, the Sun Devils will prove to be a steady, methodical team that can hang around. The lack of a go-to guy leaves the Sun Devils losing a lot of tough games.
  8. Washington State Cougars – Ken Bone will bring in a more up-tempo brand of basketball to Pullman, which can be a good thing. The only problem is that the Cougars lack the horses to make that cart run consistently. The Cougars have talent and will pull out a couple of surprising wins, but don’t look for it consistently.
  9. USC Trojans – After a scandall-ridden off-season, the Trojans lost 4 of 5 starters, their entire recruiting class, and turned to a Kevin O’Neill to replace their defensive guru. That’s going to be too much for the Trojans who field a team that won’t fit the style O’Neill likes to run.
  10. Stanford Cardinal – Johnny Dawkins could prove to be a solid coach if he can ever get a solid 7 or 8 man rotation. In order to do that he has to bring in a quality recruiting class – something he’ll get an opportunity for next year with even more departures on the horizon. It’s going to be a long year, but at least there’s next year.

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 8

Posted by naterb on February 23, 2009

 

Despite four of the top five teams taking losses this week, there is no movement in the top of the conference. It looks to me like there won’t be much more movement amongst these teams the rest of the way out. Could be a few position switches (ASU/UW for example), but I wouldn’t expect anymore 2-spot jumps or drops the rest of the way out.

 

  1. Arizona State (E) – They’ve won five straight including wins over UCLA, USC, and breaking Arizona’s 7-game win streak. They’ll be tough to stop from here on out.
  2. Washington (E) – Despite the loss to UCLA last week, they’re still in sole possession (by a half game) of the best conference record and have a chance to separate themselves further with ASU coming to town this weekend.
  3. UCLA (E) – Defeating Washington at home was nice, but the Bruins are struggling and a home loss against Washington State shows it. They’re falling fast and I wonder if Ben Howland can turn ‘em back around.
  4. Arizona (E) – A two-point loss to Arizona State on the road is nothing to frown upon. They’ve been playing well over the past four weeks and are still one of the hottest teams in the conference.
  5. CAL (E) – A loss to Oregon State isn’t as bad as we thought, but CAL has suffered that fate twice this year. They’re in the same boat as UCLA with the wheels starting to come off down the stretch.
  6. Oregon State (+2) – A season sweep of CAL and a winning record against the bottom half of the conference earns them this spot. Imagine what they could do with USC type of talent.
  7. USC (-1)  The Trojans have struggled all year long, but it keeps getting worse. They haven’t won back-to-back games in the past four weeks. They’ve fallen apart in the second half of conference play.
  8. Washington State(+1)  That was a nice win for the Cougars over UCLA this week – and on the road no less. Could they finally be gelling as a team and producing at the level we’ve become accustomed to with Bennett Ball the past few years or was this simply a flash in the pan?
  9. Stanford (-2)– Okay, I admit it… I screwed up on these guys last week. They drop not just because of their loss to Oregon, but lets face it – their frontcourt is non-existent and their backcourt is average at best. They haven’t won two games in a week since before conference play began.
  10. Oregon (E)– The Ducks have been in the basement of the PAC-10 Power Rankings almost all season long. Unfortunately the only way out of it is to sweep their final three games and have Stanford get swept. Is Ernie Kent on the way out?

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 7

Posted by naterb on February 15, 2009

I’ve shaken things up a lot this week, but things are anything but settled. With the regular season conference title still within reach for the top five teams, and plenty of match-ups remaining amongst them, the top spot is anything but settled. Arizona State holds the spot for now after earning a regular season sweep of the Bruins. Cal dropped three spots despite a win in their sole game of the week – largely because they are being out-performed by the other four schools right now.

 

  1. ASU (+3) – The Sun Devils and Herb Sendek apparently have UCLA’s number this year and have a regular-season sweep of the Bruins. They may not be the better team, but head-to-head the Sun Devils get the nod.
  2. Washington (+1)– With the best record in the conference and a sweep over the Oregon school, the Huskies could very well be in the top spot, but a tough four game stretch ahead (@LA schools, vs. Arizona schools) They’ve got one of the toughest remaining schedules in the conference.
  3. UCLA (-2)– The Bruins took a big drop this week, and fell to their lowest point in the rankings this season after they got swept in the desert. UCLA was expected to run away with the conference this year, but they’re in a huge dog fight for the top spot now with a Thursday match-up against the league leading Huskies. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 6

Posted by naterb on February 8, 2009

  1. UCLA (E) – After taking care of business at home against the Trojans there’s no reason to contemplate UCLA surrendering the top spot this week. They’ll travel to the desert this week to face a team that beat them at Pauley and a streaking Arizona team.
  2. CAL (+2) – The Golden Bears seem to have regained their swagger and composure after a 4-game bump in the road and look to continue to build momentum in the second half when they look for revenge at home against the Cardinal.
  3. Washington (-1) – The Huskies have quickly lost that best record in the conference with splits the last two weeks, but have a good chance at regaining it when they host the bottom two teams in the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week Five

Posted by naterb on February 1, 2009

 

  1. UCLA(+1) – The Bruins returned to their winning ways by utterly dominating CAL last week. The first half of conference play has shown that they could be the best team in the conference, but not by the landslide originally thought.
  2. Washington (-1) – The Huskies don’t fall too far after splitting in the desert. They could drop as far as 5th or 6th in the conference before all is said and done because of the many tough road trips they have remaining.
  3. USC (+2) – They snuck by Stanford at home, before controlling the game against CAL. They are too inconsistent for this to become a permanent spot. With some difficult second-half road trips coming up they will likely struggle more from here on out. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 4

Posted by naterb on January 25, 2009

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  1. Washington – Don’t expect the Huskies to stay in the top spot for too long, but after an impressive sweep of the SoCal schools they certainly deserve it. They have some very impressive wins in the first half of conference play.
  2. UCLA – You can’t fault the Bruins too much for a road loss in Seattle – especially considering they’ve had a problem playing there for some time now. They’ll be back on top before too long.
  3. Arizona State – I was going to drop them for their poor shooting and fortunate win against Arizona last week, that is until Cal lost at home to Oregon State. Don’t expect them to stay in this spot much longer. Read the rest of this entry »

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