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Franks scores 34 again, Washington State beats Arizona 69-55

Washington State forward Robert Franks had 34 points in the Cougars' 69-55 win at Arizona last Saturday. Pac-12 road teams went 8-4 last week, including three sweeps.

So much for a home-court advantage.

Five teams that entered last week’s Pac-12 men’s basketball games with winning conference records and played at home went 2-8. There were three road sweeps. The home wins came from Oregon State (against California) and Arizona State in its upset of Washington.

Pac-12 road teams went 8-4 last week and 6-4 the week before. Home teams have won just 54.5 percent (36 of 66) in conference play.

This week, teams with sub-.500 records host seven of 10 contests. Another stretch like last week would further scramble the standings.

Here are my Pac-12 power rankings for Week 7. 

1. Washington 19-5, 10-1 Pac-12 (Last week: 1)

Last week: 67-60 win at Arizona; 75-63 loss at Arizona State

This week: At Washington State, Saturday

The Huskies are still the conference’s top dogs despite the result in Tempe. Washington would have to collapse in a big way not to win the regular season.

2. Arizona State 16-7, 7-4 (2)

Last week: 91-70 home loss to Washington State; 75-63 home win vs. Washington

This week: At Colorado, Wednesday; at Utah, Saturday

The Sun Devils once against showed their potential, but only after a complete embarrassment against the Cougars. They head out on the road to play two teams feeling pretty good about themselves.

3. Oregon State 15-8, 7-4 (3)

Last week: 83-60 home loss to Stanford; 79-71 home win vs. California

This week: Home vs. Oregon, Saturday

Save for winning the Pac-12 tournament, another road win or two and holding serve at home will be necessary to receive a postseason tourney invitation that Oregon State will accept.

As long as the Beavers stay in contention for a top-four spot and a bye at the conference tournament, every game going forward will be the biggest since the 2015-16 season.

4. Utah 13-10, 7-4 (9)

Last week: 77-70 win at USC, 93-92 win at UCLA

This week: Home vs. Arizona, Thursday; home vs. Arizona State, Saturday

Five of the Utes’ conference wins are on the road, tying Washington for the most victories away from home. The 22-point second-half comeback at UCLA will likely be Utah’s best win of the season and the Bruins’ worst defeat.

5. Oregon 15-9, 6-5 (8)

Last week: 73-60 home win vs. California; 68-46 home win vs. Stanford

This week: At Oregon State, Saturday

Other than their blowout loss at Colorado, the Ducks seem to have found some traction with four wins in five games. Back from a broken jaw, Kenny Wooten has 21 blocks in those five games.

6. Colorado 14-9, 5-6 (7)

Last week: 84-73 win at UCLA; 69-65 win at USC

This week: Home vs. Arizona State, Wednesday; home vs. Arizona, Sunday

The Buffaloes were all but out of the postseason picture after losses at Stanford and at home to Oregon State. But they’ve won three straight behind a balanced attack and are playing with confidence.

7. Stanford 12-11, 5-6 (10)

Last week: 83-60 win at Oregon State; 69-46 loss at Oregon

This week: Home vs. USC, Wednesday; home vs. UCLA, Saturday

Playing without point guard Daejon Davis, who knocked heads with OSU’s Zach Reichle early in the second half last week, was a big factor in the lack of offense and loss at Oregon. Davis will be key if the Cardinal are to make a push toward the top half of the conference.

8. USC 13-11, 6-5 (4)

Last week: 77-70 home loss to Utah; 69-65 home loss to Colorado

This week: At Stanford, Wednesday; at California, Saturday

The Trojans had wins in four of five games and were coming home trying to keep their hot stretch going. Despite losses like Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin, this team is too talented to struggle this much in a down year in the conference.

9. UCLA 12-12, 5-6 (5)

Last week: 84-73 home loss to Colorado; 93-92 home loss to Utah

This week: At California, Wednesday; at Stanford, Saturday

A team expected to challenge for the conference title is in the bottom half of the standings. The Bruins are on their third streak of three losses or more.

10. Arizona 14-10, 5-6 (6)

Last week: 67-60 home loss to Utah; 69-55 home loss to Washington State

This week: At Utah, Thursday; at Colorado, Sunday

The Wildcats have lost five straight conference games for the first time since 1982-83, the year before Lute Olson became head coach. Injuries to Chase Jeter and Brandon Williams haven’t helped.

11. Washington State 10-14, 3-8 (11)

Last week: 91-70 win at Arizona State; 69-55 win at Arizona

This week: Home vs. Washington, Saturday

Robert Franks was The Man for the Cougars in the road sweep with two 30-point games. Have they built a statue in Pullman yet for the conference’s player of the week?

12. California 5-18, 0-11 (12)

Last week: 73-60 loss at Oregon; 79-71 loss at Oregon State

This week: Home vs. UCLA, Wednesday; home vs. USC, Saturday

The Golden Bears are competitive and playing hard. But Washington State’s historic weekend all but locks Cal into the 12th spot in the standings.

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