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Power rankings commentary: Pac-12, WCC, MWC men's basketball, Version 4

By Nate Gagon

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 3:52 p.m. MST

Saturday was a great day for the Pac-12 as its teams went 8-0. The three impressive wins were Arizona over Michigan on the road, Oregon over Illinois and Utah’s demolition of BYU.

The Utes were the big winners in the power rankings this week, jumping over the likes of UCLA, New Mexico, Boise State and BYU all the way into the Top 10. In the WCC, Saint Mary’s finally played a decent team and showed well in beating Boise State on the road.

Those that had the worst weeks were New Mexico and BYU.

There are some good games coming up this next week. These are the most impactful to keep an eye on:

1. Thursday: UCLA at No. 8 Duke (5:30 p.m., ESPN)

2. Friday: Pacific vs. Princeton (8:30 p.m.)

3. Saturday: No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 20 Colorado (9:30 p.m., ESPN2)

4. Saturday: BYU at No. 13 Oregon (8:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

5. Saturday: Texas Tech at Arizona State (4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

6. Saturday: No. 21 Gonzaga at Kansas State (1:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Here is the fourth edition of the Pac-12/MWC/WCC power rankings — games through Dec. 18.

Nate Gagon is a published sports, music, and creative writer. He is also a wholehearted father, grateful husband and ardent student of life. He shoots roughly 94% from the free throw line and can be reached at: nategagon@hotmail.com or @nategagon.

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