Pac-12 Power Rankings: UCLA stays on top despite loss to Arizona

The Pac-12 continues to prove itself as a solid basketball conference at the top, although the bottom half remains pretty ugly as we inch closer and closer to March.

The big result this past week was UCLA’s loss to Arizona. The Wildcats were led by Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo, who combined for 30 points and 18 rebounds to down the Bruins and hand them their first conference loss.

However, Mick Cronin’s squad remains atop our power rankings, with only one loss to their name and a very solid resume on the year.

Elsewhere around the conference, Oregon’s loss to Stanford bumps them out of the top half in the conference power rankings, while a nice week from Utah bumps them back into the top five.

USC moves up to three with a nice week, and they have a chance to really make a statement and push for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid with a win at home against UCLA this week.

Without further ado, here are our Pac-12 Power Rankings for the fourth week of January:

California Golden Bears (3-17) Last Week: 12

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KenPom: 242

Next: @ Stanford (1/28)

Cal hosted Oregon State this past week, perhaps the easiest game on their Pac-12 schedule, and they got beat by a score of 68-48. That kind of year for Mark Fox’s team, with very little sign of improvement coming.

Oregon State Beavers (8-12) Last Week: 11

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KenPom: 197

Next: vs. Utah (1/26)

The Beavs managed just 46 points against lowly Stanford last week, but rebounded with a 20 point blowout victory over Cal to move to 8-12 on the year and 2-7 in Pac-12 play.

Stanford Cardinal (7-12) Last Week: 10

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KenPom: 100

Next: vs. Chicago St (1/25)

Stanford had a fantastic week, blowing out Oregon State by 21 points and defeating Oregon to move to 7-12 on the year. The pair of wins were the school’s first in conference play.

Washington Huskies (12-9) Last Week: 9

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KenPom: 105

Next: vs. Arizona St (1/26)

The Huskies took care of business on the road against Colorado, but fell by 25 points to a surging Utah squad to move to 4-6 in Pac-12 play this year.

Washington State Cougars (9-12) Last Week: 8

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KenPom: 67

Next: vs. Arizona (1/26)

It was a rough week for Kyle Smith’s team, who went on the road and lost to both Utah and Colorado.

They are now 4-6 in conference play and 9-12 overall, with a tough road ahead against the Arizona schools, USC, and UCLA.

Oregon Ducks (11-9) Last Week: 6

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KenPom: 54

Next: vs. Colorado (1/26)

Oregon’s wishy-washy season continues, as they blasted Cal by nearly 30 points but followed that up with a dud against Stanford, losing 71-64 to hand the Cardinal just their second conference win of the season. Yikes.

Colorado Buffaloes (12-9) Last Week: 5

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KenPom: 55

Next: @ Oregon (1/26)

Colorado snapped a four game losing streak with a win over Washington State in their most recent game. They are now 4-6 in conference play and 12-9 overall, with a road trip to Oregon and Oregon State coming up next.

Utah Utes (14-7) Last Week: 7

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KenPom: 45

Next: @ Oregon St (1/26)

Utah righted the ship last week, ending their three-game losing streak by defeating both Washington State and Washington, with neither result being particularly close.

Craig Smith’s squad now heads to Oregon to take on the Beavers and Ducks this week.

Arizona State Sun Devils (15-5) Last Week: 3

Syndication: Arizona Republic

KenPom: 58

Next: @ Washington (1/26)

Arizona State couldn’t procure a big win during their homestand against UCLA and USC, falling to 6-3 in conference play. They have a chance to right the ship with two wins over the Washington schools on the road this week, starting in Seattle on Thursday against the Huskies.

USC Trojans (14-6) Last Week: 4

Syndication: Arizona Republic

KenPom: 49

Next: vs. UCLA (1/26)

USC got tossed around by the Arizona Wildcats last week, but they responded with a nice win on the road against Arizona State. They are now 6-3 in conference play and a solid 14-6 overall.

Arizona Wildcats (17-3) Last Week: 2

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KenPom: 15

Next: @ Washington State (1/26)

Arizona may have defeated UCLA for a huge Quad 1 victory, but they remain behind the Bruins in the power rankings thanks to a trio of ugly losses in conference play. Still, both these teams will be very dangerous come March.

UCLA Bruins (17-3) Last Week: 1

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KenPom: 4

Next: @ USC (1/26)

The Bruins took a tough loss against Arizona this past week, but they remain the cream of the crop in the Pac-12 heading into a tough road matchup against USC this week.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire