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Pac-10 Power Rankings

No. 1 Arizona (20-4, 9-2 Pacific 10 Conference)

With a sweep of the Northern California schools, the No. 15 Wildcats solidified their spot as the most consistent, if not best, team in the league. If they keep it up, head coach Sean Miller might be in line for a coach of the year award or two.

No. 2 Washington (15-7, 7-4 Pac-10)

Yes, the Huskies dropped two games to the Oregon schools, two of the bottom feeders of the league. Yes, they are in a tailspin. But there are still enough games to play to regain traction and make the NCAA Tournament.

No. 3 UCLA (16-7, 7-3 Pac-10)

The Bruins beat up on St. Johns out of the Big East Conference, but until they can win consistently in the Pac-10, they aren’t good enough to be considered better than Washington. Though the Huskies are reeling, they’re still the more talented team compared to the Bruins.

No. 4 Washington State (16-7, 6-5 Pac-10)

Splitting games at the Oregon schools isn’t something to brag about, but it’s not enough to drop the Cougars out of the fourth spot in the rankings — such is life in the wily Pac-10.

No. 5 California (13-10, 6-5 Pac-10)

Perhaps beating the helpless Sun Devils by only four points isn’t saying much, but the Golden Bears made a statement by hanging with the Wildcats for 55 minutes. If they stop playing down, or up, to their competition, Cal might make some waves.

No. 6 Oregon (12-11, 5-6 Pac-10)

Look who it is: the Ducks are rising under their first-year head coach, Dana Altman. Beating both Washington schools makes Oregon a legitimate threat to win any game from here on out.

No. 7 Stanford (12-10, 5-6 Pac-10)

The Cardinal is trying to stop the bleeding, winning two of its last three after having lost four in a row. But who doesn’t beat ASU these days?

No. 8 Southern California (12-11, 4-6 Pac-10)

The seat is getting hotter for head coach Kevin O’Neill. Despite having one of the more talented rosters in the league, the Trojans aren’t winning.

No. 9 Oregon State (9-13, 4-7 Pac-10)

The Beavers had a big win against Washington last week, but otherwise aren’t talented enough to compete with the number of quickly improving programs in the Pac-10.

No. 10 ASU (9-14, 1-10 Pac-10)

If there’s anything positive about ASU’s team, it’s that they’ve lost their last four games by single digits.


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