The University of Washington basketball team, after a few failed attempts due to COVID-19, will open the Pac-12 game in Washington state on Tuesday night.
As it stands, the Huskies (5-5) rank 10th in our SI Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings, five spots down than the Cougars (8-5).
WSU has something that Mike Hopkins’ side don’t have at this point in the season – big men you need to keep.
It will be redeemable for the Huskies to start the conference game; it might not be that rewarding.
It’s a program that still struggles to be anything other than a lower division entry and quickly lost fans.
SI PAC-12 POWERFUL MEN’S BASKETBALL RANKING
1. Arizona (11-1, 1-0), 58 points (3 votes for the first place)
2. UCLA (8-1, 2-0), 57 (2 votes for the first place)
3.USC (12-0, 2-0), 50
4. Colorado (9-3, 1-1), 44
5. Washington State (8-5, 1-1), 38
6. Utah (7-4, 1-1), 36
7. Oregon (6-6, 0-2), 28
8. Arizona State (5-7, 1-1), 26
9. Stanford (7-4, 1-1), 21
10. Washington (5-5, 0-0), 14
11. Cal (8-5, 1-1), 12
12. Oregon State (1-10, 0-2), 5
DONNIE DRUIN, ALL THE DEVILS OF THE SUN
1. UCLA; 2. Arizona; 3. USC; 4. Colorado; 5. Washington State; 6. State of Arizona; 7. Oregon; 8. Utah; 9. Stanford; 10. Washington; 11. Cal; 12. State of Oregon
Comment: I respect Oregon’s efforts in their eight-point loss to Baylor. As for Arizona State, the Sun Devils appear to be turning a corner thanks to their tough battles early in the season despite their loss to San Francisco. We’ll see if ASU can end on a good note against Florida A&M before the USC / UCLA / Arizona gauntlet arrives.
JEFF FARAUDO, CAL SPORTS REPORT
1. UCLA; 2. Arizona; 3. USC; 4. Colorado; 5. Utah; 6. Washington State; 7. Oregon; 8. State of Arizona; 9. Washington; 10. Stanford; 11. Cal; 12. State of Oregon
Comment: With UCLA on hiatus, Arizona and USC continue to impress. The gap is widening between the top three and the rest of the field, although Oregon has shown signs of finding its way in a 78-70 loss to defending National Champion Baylor.
DYLAN REUBENKING, DUCKS DIGEST
1. Arizona; 2. UCLA; 3. USC; 4. Colorado; 5. Utah; 6. Washington State; 7. Stanford; 8. Oregon; 9. California; 10. State of Arizona; 11. Washington; 12. State of Oregon
Comment: The Ducks looked like the wheels were starting to turn towards a comeback against No.1 Baylor. The Pac-12 appears to be a high-profile conference with a bunch of intrusive teams trying to find their way, and Oregon needs to start putting together a few wins to gain confidence ahead of the conference game because the Ducks have l Looks like a far cry from a team that can constantly compete with companies like USC, UCLA and Arizona.
SAM CONNON, ALL BRUINS
1. Arizona; 2. UCLA; 3. USC; 4. Colorado; 5. Utah; 6. Washington State; 7. Oregon; 8. State of Arizona; 9. Stanford; 10. Washington; 11. Cal; 12. State of Oregon
Comment: As tough as it was a decision, the Wildcats are just too hot not to be ranked No.1. Dammit, even the Trojans would be No.1 in most conferences right now. UCLA shouldn’t be blamed for being hit hard by COVID – or at least that shouldn’t count against them on the pitch – but playing a game over a four-week period will introduce many question marks as to at their return. It could help or it could hurt, only time will tell, and it will become very clear via the UCLA-Arizona game result at the end of the month.
DAN RALEY, HUSKY MAVEN
1. Arizona; 2. UCLA; 3. USC; 4. Washington State; 5. Colorado; 6. Utah; 7. State of Arizona; 8. Oregon; 9. Stanford; 10. Washington; 11. Cal; 12. State of Oregon
Comment: Completing most of the game out of conference, the league looks as tough as it has been for a long time. Tommy Lloyd brought a Gonzaga vibe to Arizona. LA schools are tough. Kyle Smith made Washington state a spoiler. The Huskies have finally returned to play after their longest seasonal layoff in school history – three weeks. If COVID doesn’t mess things up too much, Pac-12 basketball should be a lot of fun.
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