Pac 12 Well Represented in ESPN's Top 68
I've gotta say. I'm impressed, and maybe even a little surprised. I'm not a huge fan of ESPN's BPI ranking system, but it's just another interesting tool. Like a lot of computer systems, it uses some subjective preseason values to establish a base to go off of, so some of these seem a little off IMO. It's still impressive to have 7 PAC teams represented in the top 55. Along with the recent bracketology update that had 6 teams in the field, this is really great news overall. Still disappointing to not have more top 25 teams, but there are still a few more opportunities. With the exception of Oregon St and probably Colorado, all of these teams will have a shot at getting into the top 25 before conference play begins. Anyway... take a look.
10. Arizona Wildcats (Last Week: 16)
The Wildcats rebound the ball well, and showed some toughness at Clemson, continuing to defend in a game that could not have been fun to play. Nick Johnson has been hot, posting 18 points per game over his last two contests headed into exam week. Arizona needs to better guard the 3-point line, and should be able to build out to that point.
35. California Golden Bears (Last Week: 32)
The Golden Bears' first-shot defense was solid against UNLV, but Cal was simply allowing too many second shots. On the last play of the game, Quintrell Thomas had the luxury of watching the flight of the ball -- spotted it was an air ball -- and made the alert play. Cal felt it should have had that game. This is a good team but inconsistent.
36. UCLA Bruins (Last Week: 36)
UCLA is hard to watch. This is not a tough defensive team, and not a team that competes -- at least, not yet. UCLA won in Dallas, but it wasn't because the Bruins were good. UCLA won because Texas was just that bad. This is not a vintage UCLA team, and this team is nowhere near as good as it should be. The Bilastrator believes UCLA will get better, but this is not a team that will play in the second weekend of the NCAA tournament, if at all.
38. Stanford Cardinal (Last Week: 38)
Stanford is better than its record, due to having played too many games without point guard Aaron Bright. The Cardinal has defended very well, but has shot the ball poorly, hitting only 40 percent of its overall shots. A recent bright spot has been Dwight Powell, who averages more than 14 points per game and posted a 29-point performance against Denver.
39. Colorado Buffaloes (Last Week: 27)
The Buffs got run over in Lawrence in a game Tad Boyle and his team should pitch out the window. Colorado is good, but overvalued by many who were overly enthusiastic about the win over Baylor. The Buffs have good players but are not yet a tough defensive team. Still, wins over Dayton, Baylor, Murray State and Colorado State are evidence of their ability to play with most anyone. The next step is to do it consistently on both ends of the floor. Colorado is better than the numbers suggest, but not as good as some people said it would be.
44. Oregon Ducks (Last Week: 44)
The Ducks are young but balanced, with six different players averaging between 9.0 and 11.0 points per game. If this young team can stop coughing the ball up so much, Oregon can do some damage in the Pac-12.
56. Oregon State Beavers (Last Week: 61)
The Beavers have a solid rebounding team, with Eric Moreland leading the way with almost 12 rebounds in just 28 minutes per game. Oregon State has nice balance among its top seven players, but has to perform well in Pac-12 play because its non-conference schedule has not been stellar.
Also, just for reference, I went through and looked at how the PAC stands up to other conferences. What's most impressive is the lower end of these conferences. There is currently no updated, complete list for BPI, but looking at kenpom, the PAC has the best, worst team - Utah at 196, except for the MWC with Nevada at 158 and the very competitive Big East with DePaul at 103. For fun I also included below the number of teams on kenpom that are ranked 100+.
Number of Teams in Top 68, Top 25, # of 100+ teams
|B1G ||9 ||6 ||2 |
|Big East ||7 ||6 ||2 |
|ACC ||8 ||2 ||2 |
|Pac 12 ||7 ||1 ||3 |
|SEC ||6 ||3 ||6 |
|Big 12 ||6 ||2 ||2 |
|MWC ||4 ||2 ||3 |
well maybe the pac is on the way back to being a powerhouse. i still believe that the coaching is what makes the conference relevant. We will still be 2nd tier until Romar, Howland, Oneil and Sendek are replaced and improved upon.
i also agree with what miller said in is pod cast with Katz, the bottom of the conference is sooo much better it makes everyone else better.
I agree with you and Coach Miller!
Originally Posted by Anschauung
Great news for end of the season RPI. It will nice not having to play as many teams in the Pac that bring our RPI down just for playing them even if we win by 20+
stanford will surely fade into mediocrity once conference play start, like they do every single year. high hopes for the cardinal year in and year out only to see them finish in the bottom half of the conference every year. this year will be no different.