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UCLA stays on top despite loss to Arizona

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

The big result last 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 shut down the Bruins and hand them their first conference loss.

But Mick Cronin’s side remain at the top of our power rankings, with just one loss to their name and a very solid CV on the year.

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

USC moves up to three with a good week, and they have a chance to really make a statement and push for an NCAA Tournament 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 were beaten by a score of 68-48. That kind of year for Mark Fox’s team, with very little sign of improvement.

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 bounced back with a 20-point blowout win 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 great week, blowing out Oregon State by 21 points and defeating Oregon to move to 7-12 on the year. The winning streak was 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 team 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 tough week for Kyle Smith’s team, which 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 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 fine season continues as they blew out 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 last game. They are now 4-6 in conference play and 12-9 overall, with a road trip to Oregon and Oregon State coming up.

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, neither score being particularly close.

Craig Smith’s team 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 muster a big win at home against UCLA and USC as they fell to 6-3 in conference play. They have a chance to right the ship with two wins over 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: 2nd

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KenPom: 15

Next: @ Washington State (1/26)

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

UCLA Bruins (17-3) Last Week: 1st

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KenPom: 4

Next: @ USC (1/26)

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

The story originally appeared on Ducks Wire

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