Jaime Jaquez, UCLA Bruins, Pac-12 basketball

Joe Jackson gives his Pac-12 basketball power rankings one week into the season.

 

Matchup of the week: Illinois vs UCLA

Sneaky good matchup of the week: Oregon vs Houston

All games listed are EST

1) UCLA Bruins

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Sacramento State (W) 76-50, Long Beach State (W) 93-69

Next Week: Norfolk State (Nov. 14 – 10 p.m.), Illinois (Nov. 18 – 9:30 p.m.)

Best Wins: Sacramento State, Long Beach State

Worst Losses: N/A

UCLA looked dominant against both opponents to start their season. Jaime Jaquez has been efficient from the field, and Jaylen Clark is currently shooting 53.8 percent from 3 and 76.5 percent from 2.

2) Arizona Wildcats

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Nicholls State (W) 117-75, Southern (W) 95-78

Next Week: Utah Tech (Nov. 17 – 9 p.m.)

Best Wins: Nicholls State, Southern

Worst Losses: N/A

Arizona is playing very fast, the second fastest in the country per Kenpom. They went 11-of-18 from deep in the first game, and they had 30 assists. Their ball movement is some of the best in the country.

3) Oregon Ducks

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 1-1

Last Week: Florida A&M (W) 80-45, UC Irvine (L) 69-56

Next Week: Montana State (Nov. 15 – 9 p.m.), Houston (Nov. 20 – 9:30 p.m.)

Best Wins: Flordia A&M

Worst Losses: UC Irvine

After handily beating Florida A&M in their opening game, Oregon got upset by UC Irvine. They shot 4-of-21 from three and had 15 turnovers. Oregon has been hit by the injury bug a bit, but it is still concerning to have a loss like that this early.

4) USC Trojans

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 1-1

Last Week: Florida Gulf Coast (L) 74-61, Alabama State (W) 96-58

Next Week: Vermont (Nov. 15 – 11 p.m.), Mount St. Mary’s (Nov. 18 – 11 p.m.)

Best Wins: Alabama State

Worst Losses: Florida Gulf Coast

Similarly to Oregon, USC also had an upset where they shot poorly from 3 and turned the ball over a lot. Drew Peterson struggled in the game, and he is going to be a huge part of this team as one of the best players in the country. USC got back on track with their win over Alabama State

5) Colorado Buffaloes

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-1

Last Week: UC Riverside (W) 82-66, Grambling State (L) 83-74, Tennessee (W) 78-66

Next Week: UMass (Nov. 17 – 1:30 p.m.)

Best Wins: Tennessee, UC Riverside

Worst Losses: Grambling State

Colorado had one of the more confusing weeks, as they played fine against UC Riverside, lost to Grambling State, and then beat one of the best teams in the country in Tennessee. KJ Simpson showed this week that he is the go-to guy for Colorado and will be relied on heavily.

6) Stanford

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 1-1

Last week: Pacific (W) 88-78, Wisconsin (L) 60-50

Next week: San Diego State (Nov. 15 – 9 p.m.), Cal Poly (Nov. 18 – 11 p.m.)

Best Wins: Pacific

Worst Losses: N/A

Stanford did not look impressive in either game, beating a Pacific team by ten and losing to a solid Wisconsin team by 10. They’re shooting 23.7 percent from 3, and they will have to be able to get that up.

7) Washington Huskies

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Weber State (W) 69-52, North Florida (W) 75-67

Next Week: Utah Tech (Nov. 14 – 10 p.m.), Cal Baptist (Nov. 17 – 11 p.m.)

Best Wins: Weber State, North Florida

Worst Losses: N/A

Washington did what they are supposed to against their two opponent last week, beating both. They have shot the ball really well, and they are generating a good amount of live ball turnovers.

8) Washington State Cougars

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 1-1

Last week: Texas State (W) 83-61, Boise State (L) 71-61

Next week: Prairie View A&M (Nov. 15 – 7 p.m.)

Best wins: Texas State

Worst Losses: N/A

Washington State took care of Texas State at home, but lost a tough one at Boise State. This will be a team to keep an eye on as they grow more together. They could surprise people later in the season.

9) Arizona State Sun Devils

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-1

Last week: Tarleton State (W) 62-59, Northern Arizona (W) 84-68, Texas Southern (L) 67-66

Next week: VCU (Nov. 16 – 8:30 p.m.)

Best wins: Tarleton State, Northern Arizona

Worst Losses: Texas Southern

Arizona State has struggled to score the ball, as they are shooting only 31.3% from 3 and 44.2% from 2. Their defense helped them win their two games, but the lack of offense was not able to be overcome as they lost to Texas Southern in OT.

10) Utah Utes

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last week: LIU (W) 89-48, Cal St. Bakersfield (W) 72-44

Next week: Idaho State (Nov. 14 p.m.), Sam Houston State (Nov. 17 – 9 p.m.)

Best wins: LIU, Cal St. Bakersfield

Worst Losses: N/A

There were not a ton of expectations coming into the season for Utah. They did not play great competition, but they handled their business, which is something good teams are supposed to do.

11) Oregon State Beavers

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last week: Tulsa (W) 73-70, Florida A&M (W) 60-43

Next week: Bushnell (Nov. 15 – 11 p.m.), Portland State (Nov. 19 – 10 p.m.)

Best wins: Tulsa, Florida A&M

Worst Losses: N/A

Oregon State did not shoot all that well, but their defense did enough to secure two victories for Oregon State. One thing to keep an eye on is how much they turn the ball over as they struggled with it last week.

12) California Golden Bears

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 0-2

Last week: UC Davis (L) 75-65, Kansas State (L) 63-54

Next week: UC San Diego (Nov. 15 – 10 p.m.), Southern (Nov. 18 – 9:00 p.m.)

Best wins: N/A

Worst losses: UC Davis, Kansas State

California could not have imagined a worse start to the season as they lost both games, although they were against two teams that are solid. They are turning the ball over more than most teams in the country, and they are not shooting well. That is not a recipe for success.

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