Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week Two

Posted by Connor Pelton on November 21st, 2011

Here’s a look at the power rankings that Drew and I have compiled after the second week of Pac-12 games. Here we go!

1. California, 3-0: The Golden Bears hold steady at number one after playing just one game this week. The game was a 72-55 blowout win over Austin Peay. Jorge Gutierrez lead the way for the Bears with 14 points and six rebounds. Now it’s on to the Championship round of the CBE Classic, where Cal will face their first two tests of the year. Up Next: 11.21 vs Georgia in Kansas City

Gutierrez led the Golden Bears with 14 points on Tuesday night.

T2. Stanford, 4-0: The Cardinal had a great week, blowing out all three of their opponents. The highlight of the week came on Tuesday when Stanford beat a talented Colorado State team by 12 in the Preseason NIT Quarterfinals. Up Next: 11.23 vs Oklahoma State in New York City

T2. Oregon State, 4-0: The Beavers had one of the better weeks in recent memory, going 3-0 against solid competition. They started off the week on Monday with a 93-60 win over West Alabama, and they continued the streak with a ten-point win over Hofstra on Wednesday. The highlight of the stretch came on Saturday night in the Legends Classic Semifinals, where the Beavers used a 37-point performance from junior guard Jared Cunningham to upset Texas, 100-95, in overtime. Up Next: 11.21 vs Vanderbilt in East Rutherford

T4. Washington, 3-1: The week began with a 30-point win against Portland, but a blowout loss at Saint Louis leaves a sour taste in their mouth’s after week two. Terrence Ross was the highlight of the week, averaging 20.5 PPG. Washington should now get two easy victories before heading to New York to take on Marquette and Duke. Up Next: 11.25 vs Houston Baptist

T4. Arizona, 4-1: The Wildcats dropped two spots after a tough loss against Mississippi State on Friday night. However, the trip to New York wasn’t too terrible since they got a solid, résumé building win against St. John’s. Up Next: 11.23 vs San Diego State

T6. Washington State, 2-1: Not a bad week at all for the Cougars. They got their season started on Monday night at Gonzaga, where they hung with the Bulldogs all night but eventually fell, 89-81. Their two victories came against a pair of solid mid-majors, Sacramento State and Portland. Up Next: 11.24 vs Oklahoma in Anaheim

T6. Oregon, 2-1: Oregon survived a scare on Thursday night against Eastern Washington before dismantling SE Missouri State to close out the week. However, the big news on campus was regarding the departure of Jabari Brown. Expect sophomore Johnathan Loyd to initially take Brown’s minutes and spot in the starting lineup. Up Next: 11.23 @ Nebraska

8. Colorado, 2-2: The Buffaloes faced a pair of tests in the Puerto Rico Tipoff last weekend and failed them both. They did finish the trip with a five point win over Western Michigan to get back to .500. Up Next: 11.23 @ Air Force

T9. Arizona State, 1-2: The Sun Devils have looked terrible so far, dropping games to both Pepperdine and New Mexico IN Tempe. Junior guard Trent Lockett leads the team with 17 PPG. Up Next: 11.24 vs Fairfield in Lake Buena Vista

Lockett has been one of the few bright spots in a bad season so far for the Sun Devils. (credit: Aaron Lavinsky)

T9. USC, 1-3: The Trojans were an interesting team to watch this week. They played in two hard-fought games that they would eventually lose in the final seconds, but it showed they can compete on the road with talented teams. And then Saturday happened. The deflated Trojans suffered a let-down of epic proportions, a 42-36 loss against Cal Poly at the Galen Center. Up Next: 11.22 vs Morgan State

T12. Utah, 1-2: It has not been easy so far this season for new coach Larry Krystkowiak and the Utes. There have been losses to Adams State (exhibition), Boise State (by 21), and Montana State. The lone win was a 58-55 victory over San Diego Christian College. Up Next: 11.24 vs Harvard in Nassau

T12. UCLA, 0-2: It’s a sad day when UCLA is joining the likes of Utah, USC, and Arizona State at the bottom of the conference, but that’s what happens when you lose by 11 to Loyola Marymount and by 20 to Middle Tennessee. Now it’s on to the Maui Invitational, meaning it could get much worse for the Bruins before it gets better. Up Next: 11.21 @ Chaminade

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