The Washington Huskies worked their way out of the jumbled mess that is the middle of the Pac-12 men’s basketball standings with two big wins last week.
Dominic Green’s 3-point buzzer-beater against Arizona gave the Huskies their second win versus the top half of the conference standings. USC in the season opener six weeks ago was the other.
The weekend sweep puts Washington not only solidly in the NCAA tournament conversation but within reach of the Pac-12 title.
Here are my power rankings for Week 7.
1. Arizona 19-5, 9-2 (Last week: 1)
Last week: 100-72 win at Washington State; 78-75 loss at Washington
This week: home vs. UCLA, Thursday; home vs. USC, Saturday
The 13th-ranked Wildcats had won 16 of 17 before Saturday night’s loss in Seattle. They’ll get as good a weekend test as the conference has to offer when they host the L.A. schools.
2. Washington 17-6, 7-3 (7)
Last week: 68-64 home win vs. Arizona State; 78-75 home win vs. Arizona
This week: at Oregon, Thursday; at Oregon State, Saturday
The Huskies remained in the same spot — among the last four byes — in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology before and after the weekend. Washington faces just one team with a winning Pac-12 record (Stanford) in its remaining eight regular-season games.
3. UCLA 16-7, 7-4 (5)
Last week: 82-79 home win vs. USC
This week: at Arizona, Thursday; at Arizona State, Saturday
Is there a team harder to figure out than the Bruins? They knocked off the Trojans for their third straight win, which followed three straight losses.
4. USC 17-7, 8-3 (2)
Last week: 82-79 loss at UCLA
This week: at Arizona State, Thursday; at Arizona, Saturday
Saturday’s loss had to be a disappointing one for a team clipping at Arizona’s heels heading into this week’s trip to the desert. The Trojans still have work to do — needing quality wins — if they want to make March Madness.
5. Stanford 13-11, 7-4 (6)
Last week: 80-71 home win vs. Oregon State; 96-61 home win vs. Oregon
This week: at Utah, Thursday; at Colorado, Sunday
The Cardinal bounced back from three consecutive defeats to secure a spot in the Pac-12’s top half. A weekend road sweep in the mountains would nail that down.
6. Oregon 15-8, 5-5 (4)
Last week: 66-53 win at California; 96-61 loss at Stanford
This week: home vs. Washington, Thursday; home vs. Washington State, Sunday
The Ducks return home needing a bunch of wins in a hurry to have any shot at the NCAA tournament. Beating the Huskies would be a good start.
7. Arizona State 17-6, 5-6 (8)
Last week: 68-64 loss at Washington; 88-78 win at Washington State
This week: home vs. USC, Thursday; home vs. UCLA, Saturday
Could the Sun Devils really make the NCAAs without ever winning two conference games in a row? They can get their second Thursday against the Trojans.
8. Colorado 13-10, 5-6 (9)
Last week: 67-55 home win vs. Utah
This week: home vs. California, Wednesday; home vs. Stanford, Sunday
Another team that broke a three-game losing skid last week, the Buffaloes are chasing a postseason tournament. They put their 9-2 home record to the test and try to get back above .500 in conference.
9. Utah 13-9, 5-6 (3)
Last week: 67-55 loss at Colorado
This week: home vs. Stanford, Thursday; home vs. California, Saturday
The streaky Utes had a poor shooting game (35.1 percent) in Boulder coming off an impressive split at the Arizonas. Like Colorado, Utah tries to keep pace this week while aiming for a top-half finish.
10. California 8-16, 2-9 (12)
Last week: 66-53 home loss to Oregon; 74-70 home win vs. Oregon State
This week: at Colorado, Wednesday; at Utah, Saturday
The Bears ended a nine-game losing streak, seven of which came by 13 points or more. Shooting 38.5 percent didn’t keep Cal from getting out of the cellar.
11. Oregon State 11-11, 3-7 (10)
Last week: 80-71 loss at Stanford; 74-70 loss at California
This week: home vs. Washington State, Thursday; home vs. Washington, Saturday
UC Riverside (5-17) and Central Arkansas (12-12) won in Berkeley but the Beavers couldn’t. To say OSU needs more contributions from its bench is an understatement.
12. Washington State 9-13, 1-9 (11)
Last week: 100-72 home loss to Arizona; 88-78 home loss to Arizona State
This week: at Oregon State, Thursday; at Oregon, Sunday
The Cougars have been more competitive in conference than the Bears. But that hasn’t meant anything in the win column.