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Pac-10 Power Rankings

Posted by Jeff Nusser on January 17, 2008

Two weeks into the Pac-10 season seems like a good time to take stock of how the league is shaping up. Here are my initial power rankings, which we’ll update each week before the weekend action.

1. UCLA (4-0) — Pretty tough to argue with this one. The Bruins have dominated in league play so far, and look like they’re only getting stronger. I ran out of time this week, but I was going to write another followup post on the UCLA game, mostly focusing on how good Kevin Love is. I may yet do that, but to whet your whistle, consider this: The guy is 56-of-67 from the line in his last 11 games — 83.6 percent. If a 6-foot-10, 270-pound big man is going to make shots around the basket, make shots from behind the arc, and hit almost all of his free throws when you foul him, you really have no chance.

2. WSU (2-1) — Some might argue with this one, given the soft schedule and the way the Cougs were handled by UCLA. But really, who else are you going to put at No. 2? I think you can chalk much of that UCLA game up to the matchup, and three road wins to open Pac-10 play counts for a heck of a lot to this writer, no matter who you play. The Cougs are still very good, as will be evident when they exit this weekend 4-1 in the league.

3. Oregon (3-1) — The Ducks look like they’re finally living up to their potential. They seem to finally have found a bit of an identity without Aaron Brooks, now that Tajuan Porter is coming off the bench and hitting his shots again. That swagger looks to be back, although some of that had to be hitting a bit of a roll in front of the friendly quackers at Mac Court. We’ll see how they do on the road this weekend at the Washington school before we’re full believers in the return. I know I’ll have fun watching the two most underrated big men in the country — Maarty Leunen and Jon Brockman — duke it out tonight on FSN.

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