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BTD’s Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings: 2/12

Things are not pretty right now in Pullman.

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1. Arizona Wildcats (20-6)

Last Game: (W) 81-67 v. USC | Streak: 1W

Sean Miller has yet to figure out this Arizona group, as the Wildcats continue to drop games along the way with their hit-or-miss efforts. Arizona still holds a solid two game-lead over the rest of the conference but their dominance has been absent up to this point. There’s a lot still that needs to be fixed down in Tucson.

2. UCLA Bruins (17-8)

Last Game: (L) 88-79 at Arizona State | Streak: 1L

The Bruins climbed back into the second spot in our Power Rankings with four straight wins, which included two impressive efforts against cross-town rival USC and on the road at Arizona. Before they let a good opportunity on the road at Arizona State get away, UCLA was safely in the NCAA Tournament conversation.

3. Arizona State Sun Devils (19-6)

Last Game: (W) 88-79 v. UCLA | Streak: 3W

Arizona heads to Tempe on Thursday, for what could be the defining moment of the Sun Devils’ Pac-12 season. Arizona State’s red-hot start to the season hasn’t been met with the same in-league success but Bobby Hurley’s squad is slowly putting the pieces back together. The Sun Devils look good right now.

4. Oregon Ducks (17-8)

Last Game: (W) 84-57 v. Washington State | Streak: 2W

Point guard Payton Pritchard had really come into his role as the glue that holds this whole roster together, with his knack for making plays on both ends of the floor. The Ducks were expected to be a team that improved as they began to gel together and they may finally be playing their best basketball of the year.

5. USC Trojans (17-9)

Last Game: (L) 81-67 at Arizona | Streak: 3L

USC has lost three straight games on the road at UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona, which basically proved that this Trojans group may still make the big dance but probably won’t go any further than that. Andy Enfield’s boys are lacking the ability to win in key situations, which is confounding with a more veteran roster.

6. Washington Huskies (17-8)

Last Game: (L) 97-94 at Oregon State | Streak: 2L

The Huskies had a downright awful road trip to the Beaver State, where they first posted just forty points in a blowout loss to the Ducks and then allowed the Beavers to hang almost a hundred spot on them. Putting those two bad outings behind them will start with Washington having strong showings against Utah and Colorado.

7. Utah Utes (15-9)

Last Game: (W) 77-43 v. California | Streak: 2W

Larry K’s squad has a lot to prove in the last five games of their Pac-12 slate, which will include a road trip to the Washington schools and then a three-game home-stand against UCLA, USC and Colorado. The Utes have had trouble bringing believers on the hype train for this unit. That’s nothing some top-level conference victories can’t change.

8. Colorado Buffaloes (15-10)

Last Game: (W) 64-56 v. Stanford | Streak: 3W

The surprise of the last two weeks in the league has been Colorado, who has slowly crept up the standings as the thick of the conference continues to knock each other off. The Buffs’ three-straight wins (regardless of competition) show that when they want to, Tad Boyle’s team can put all the pieces together.

9. Oregon State Beavers (13-11)

Last Game: (W) 97-94 v. Washington | Streak: 2W

Oregon State is hanging on to the right side of the .500 mark with still six league games left, which are headlined by brutal road trips to UCLA and USC, as well as meetings in Corvallis with Arizona and Arizona State. For all the heavy lifting the Beavers have already done, another act may be needed from this squad.

10. Stanford Cardinal (13-13)

Last Game: (L) 64-56 at Colorado | Streak: 2L

Another one of those roller-coaster, hot-or-cold, hit-or-miss, etc. type of Pac-12 teams, it’s hard to even guess at this point which version of Stanford will take the court on a nightly basis. The Cardinal will be lucky to return to the NIT at this point, which in the past has been a source of post-season glory for them.

11. California Golden Bears (8-18)

Last Game: (L) 77-43 at Utah | Streak: 2L

Wyking Jones and company haven’t been able get their act together on a nightly basis, despite some random solid efforts, where the future of this program has been of full display. The only good news for the Golden Bears is that there’s some young and talented pieces in tow, who may change the trajectory of this program in years to come.

12. Washington State Cougars (9-15)

Last Game: (L) 94-62 at Oregon State | Streak: 7L

Washington State dropped their seventh consecutive game on Sunday night in Eugene, in a continuation of what has been a nightmare campaign for the Cougars. Ernie Kent’s group has just one conference win to their name (over California) and hasn’t beaten anyone else since before Christmas.