The new rankings are outWSU drops in the rankings this week
Published 1/20/2012Comments (0)
Only Oregon State was the bigger mover this week as no major upsets came to fruition. The Cougars had their chance to jump up but lost their third game where they held a lead at halftime.
- California — Still the elite of the conference after obliterating Utah by 36 on Saturday. The Bears also beat Colorado despite Jorge Gutierrez shooting a career worst 2-17 form the field. Thursday’s match up against the Huskies will be the game of the week.
- Stanford — If you created a blind resume for Stanford and Cal, you would not be able to tell them apart. Both teams are at the top of the conference in scoring margin and all their losses have been away from home including to ranked opponents. Cal may have the bigger names but Stanford’s balanced attack has them running on all cylinders.
- Oregon — A nice bounce back weekend for the Ducks as they swept the two Arizona schools for just the second time on the road since Arizona and Arizona State joined the now Pac-12, 33 years ago. Oregon now gets three straight home games during the next two weeks before heading to Utah and Colorado. They could very easily could rack up five wins during that stretch.
- Washington — After an uneven performance against Seattle last Tuesday, they came out and showed no life in the first half against the Cougars. But then Terrence Ross caught fire and the Huskies blitzed the Cougars on Sunday outscoring them 50-25 in the second half alone before winning 75-65. The big reason was their 21 offensive rebounds, which supports why they’re eighth in the country in rebounding.
- UCLA — The Bruins continue to truck along under the radar after an easy 66-47 win at USC on Sunday night. They don’t do anything really great but under head coach Ben Howland’s tutelage, the Bruins have won three straight, eight of ten, and they don’t turn the ball over. Nationally, UCLA ranks in the top ten averaging not even 11 turnovers a game.
- Arizona — Similar to UCLA, a very pedestrian team that will not blow you away but still manage to sneak out a win. They very easily could’ve lost to both Oregon and Oregon State during the weekend but needed overtime to overcome the Beavers. The Wildcats are however tops in the conference in defending the three point shot and also have made the most three pointers (134) at a respectable 37 percent.
- Colorado — Despite losing both games in the Bay area and being exposed a bit, the Buffaloes actually jumped up one spot in this week’s rankings. That’s how bad the Pac-12 is this year. Against Cal, Colorado held their own and the game was tied with just more than a minute to go until they finally faltered. Colorado is just one of two teams in the Pac-12 that has four players averaging double-figure points.
- Arizona State — Only lost by single digits to Oregon and then beat Oregon State by 10, not bad for a team with an average scoring margin in the negative numbers. Five of their 11 losses have been by three points or fewer. Reverse just three of those scores and this team would have a record above .500.
- Oregon State — This week’s biggest drop in the rankings. After another overtime loss to Arizona and then losing to Arizona State, maybe this team is a product of a cushy pre-conference schedule because during conference play their scoring output remains constant but they’re giving up 14 points more per game.
- Washington State — I seriously considered putting them at 11 below Utah because Utah beat them this week, but I decided to look at the big picture and not focus on a single game. But the big picture says the Cougars can’t keep their opponents off the boards. Case and point was Sunday night against Washington when they gave up 21 offensive boards. It was the 13th time in 17 games that opponents have recorded double digit offensive rebounds.
- Utah — Their lone win against Washington State is nothing more than a blip on the radar as this team lost both games against Cal and Stanford. Their 36 point loss to Cal was their seventh loss by more than 20 points.
- USC — The Trojans remain win-less in the Pac-12 after losing to their rival UCLA, which saw them down by 20 in the first half. Only five times this season has USC played a game with more assists than turnovers.