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Chimezie Metu, left, and the USC Trojans are just a half-game back of Arizona in the Pac-12 standings entering the final week of the regular season.

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.

Jesse Sowa covers men's basketball for the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald. He can be reached at


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