With just over three weeks left until our attention shifts to the Staples Center for the Pac-10 Tourney (bracket), here's a look at how things are shaking down in the Pac-10. You'll see the complete standings above. Here's a more in-depth look at the top 6 teams:
Slight hiccup in Morgantown, but the game won't affect UCLA's conference standings. They've still got a date with Washington State left on March 1st, which could very well decide the #1 seed for the Pac-10 tourney. They still have to get by Arizona, who beat the Ducks recently, and Stanford, who beat the Bruins earlier in the season. They end the season with a game at Washington, who UCLA has already beat by 20 this season.
The new Oregon? The Cougars are now in second place alone and have a 1.5 game cushion over USC, and a 2 game cushion on the Ducks. Oregon has lost 4 of their last 6, meanwhile Washington State has won 5 of their last 6, their only loss coming against the Ducks. Surprise of the year? I think so.
The Trojans are in great position with six games left to go, however, there are three teams within a game of second place. USC plays Arizona on Thursday, which, if Arizona pulls the upset, will move USC down into fourth or fifth, depending on how other games turnout. None-the-less, coach Tim Floyd has done a great job turning USC around this year.
What happened? The Ducks were rolling, ranked like #7 or #9 in the country, and now they've lost 4 out of 6. They still have the same teams as the Beavers left to play (Cal/Stanford, the Washington schools, and the Civil War) before the Pac-10 tourney, but one would have to imagine that Ernie Kent has them running extra lines in practice.
They're riding a nice 3 game winning streak, which will be nice when they play USC and UCLA, probably the toughest pair of teams in the Pac-10 right now.
Led by the Lopez twins, Stanford has put a decent season together. They have two "winnable" games left against the two bottom dwellers- Oregon State and Arizona State.