Another week of College Basketball has come and gone, and with it comes a new poll release from the Associated Press. Week 12 has seen quite a bit of changes that now directly impact how we view the Pac 12 conference. Here’s what the latest changes mean for each ranked Pac 12 team.
7. Arizona Wildcats (18-2, 7-0)
The Arizona Wildcats are red hot right now after returning home from sweeping the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins, and now they have a 7-0 Conference record to show for it. Not to mention also, the Wildcats are on a 12-game win streak.
The return of sophomore guard, Allonzo Trier has made a huge impact on how the Wildcats look on the court. Now the Wildcats have a chance to remain perfect as they return to the McKale Center this week to host the Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies. Their next big challenge will be next week when they travel to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks.
8. UCLA Bruins (19-2, 5-2)
Now let’s not assume anything here. UCLA did move a lot in a backwards direction this week (moving from No. 3 last week), but this does not prove anything other than the fact that the Pac 12 is just really competitive.
The Bruins fought extremely well against Arizona, but just couldn’t contain Kobi Simmons 20-point game, or the performance of the rest of the Wildcats offense for long enough to try to catch up. Lonzo Ball is still a superb offensive player and UCLA’s overall offense is still No. 1.There’s no doubt UCLA will get right back into the swing of things, with USC and the Washington schools over the next two weeks.
10. Oregon Ducks (18-2, 7-0)
The Ducks move was miniscule this week (moving up from 11), but they finally returned to the Top 10 nonetheless. Oregon is still one of two teams in the Pac 12, alongside Arizona, to have a 7-0 conference record, including a win over UCLA in the conference opener some weeks back. And, like Arizona, the Ducks are on a pretty lengthy win streak of 16 games.
The Ducks will have a chance to extend that win streak a bit longer when they attempt to take down the Mountain schools and Arizona state before hosting the Arizona Wildcats on Feb. 4.
On The Radar (Receiving Votes)
USC Trojans (6 votes): There is not much that changed for the Trojans this week. While still unranked, they are still receiving votes from AP. Last week, they split the series with the Arizona schools, losing to the Wildcats and edging the Sun Devils. USC has a big challenge coming up for them over the next week, having to face intercity rivals, UCLA Bruins. Should the Trojans pull off an upset over the Bruins, they would immediately be placed back into the Top 25 after spending two weeks off the list.
Utah Runnin’ Utes (1 Vote): The Runnin’ Utes received a vote for the first time in a while from AP and their vote means a lot for the Pac 12. Currently ranked fourth in the Pac 12, one over USC, the Runnin’ Utes has a chance to gain more conference momentum with a shot hosting the Oregon Ducks this week. A win would probably grant the Runnin’ Utes entry into the AP 25, but the Utes will have to work much harder than they have so far if they are going to take down a top 10 team.