Arizona’s situation, for a lack of better words, has left the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas next week up for grabs.
The Wildcats may have been the only team to be trusted as a favorite, but likely playing without Allonzo Trier and possibly head coach Sean Miller puts them back in the scrum.
No team has yet to lock up a top-four spot and a first-round tournament bye entering the final week of the regular season. An unpredictable conference season is headed for a wild finish.
Here are my final Pac-12 power rankings of the season.
1. USC 21-9, 12-5 (Last week: 2)
Last week: 75-64 win at Colorado; 74-58 win at Utah
This week: home vs. UCLA, Saturday
The Trojans take over the top spot after a road sweep to win their third and fourth games in a row. Even without Bennie Boatwright (knee), they look like the current team to beat next week.
2. Arizona 22-7, 12-4 (1)
Last week: 75-65 OT win at Oregon State; 98-93 OT loss at Oregon
This week: home vs. Stanford, Thursday; home vs. California, Saturday
The 19th-ranked Wildcats have plenty of distractions. It will be nothing short of impressive if they find a way to right the ship going forward.
3. Stanford 16-13, 10-6 (5)
Last week: 94-78 home win vs. Washington; 86-84 home win vs. Washington State
This week: at Arizona, Thursday; at Arizona State, Saturday
The Cardinal have quietly kept a spot near the top after winning five of their last seven. Holding a place in the top four with a trip to the desert ahead will be a challenge.
4. Utah 18-10, 10-7 (4)
Last week: 84-78 home win vs. UCLA; 74-58 home loss vs. USC
This week: home vs. Colorado, Saturday
Saturday’s home loss to a hot USC team ended a five-game winning streak. The Utes have enough firepower to still work their way on to the NCAA bubble.
5. Oregon 19-10, 9-7 (7)
Last week: 75-68 home win vs. Arizona State; 98-93 OT home win vs. Arizona
This week: at Washington State, Thursday; at Washington, Saturday
The win against Arizona helped, but the Ducks need to get a sweep this week and hit a run of luck in Vegas to be considered for March Madness.
6. UCLA 19-10, 10-7 (2)
Last week: 84-78 loss at Utah; 80-76 loss at Colorado
This week: at USC, Saturday
As the only team with wins against every other team with a winning Pac-12 record, the Bruins are a darkhorse in Vegas. But four losses to the bottom five put into question whether they can string together three or four straight victories.
7. Washington 19-10, 9-7 (6)
Last week: 94-78 loss at Stanford; 68-51 win at California
This week: home vs. Oregon State, Thursday; home vs. Oregon, Saturday
The Huskies have wins against USC and Arizona, but the rest of their conference victories are relatively unimpressive. Saturday’s game with Oregon looks like a big one.
8. Colorado 16-13, 8-9 (9)
Last week: 75-64 home loss vs. USC; 80-76 home win vs. UCLA
This week: at Utah, Saturday
The Buffaloes stopped a three-game losing streak with the win against the Bruins. Short of falling on its face, Colorado seems destined for the NIT.
9. Oregon State 14-14, 6-10 (10)
Last week: 75-65 OT home loss to Arizona; 79-75 home win vs. Arizona State
This week: at Washington, Thursday; at Washington State, Saturday
Is the first road win in two years coming this week? If so, the Beavers could find themselves moving into the 8-9 game at the Pac-12 tournament.
10. Arizona State 19-9, 7-9 (8)
Last week: 75-68 loss at Oregon; 79-75 loss at Oregon State
This week: home vs. California, Thursday; home vs. Stanford, Saturday
The Screaming Bobby Hurleys dropped from a 6 seed to a 10 in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology after being swept. They can regain some traction with a win against Stanford.
11. Washington State 11-17, 3-13 (11)
Last week: 78-76 win at California; 86-84 loss at Stanford
This week: home vs. Oregon, Thursday; home vs. Oregon State, Saturday
The Cougars nearly pulled off a road sweep, which would have given them three wins in four games. But overall they’re much better at home, which should put a little scare into this week’s visitors.
12. California 8-21, 2-14 (12)
Last week: 78-76 home loss to Washington State; 68-51 home loss to Washington
This week: at Arizona State, Thursday; at Arizona, Saturday
The Golden Bears will try to avoid an eighth Pac-12 loss (and 11th of the season) by 17 points or more. That won’t be easy on the road against two motivated teams.