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Power rankings: Pac-12, WCC, MWC men's basketball, Version 3

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 11:47 a.m. MDT

Arizona's Aaron Gordon (11) looks to pass after securing possession away from Duke's Jabari Parker (1) after Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) blocked Parker's shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the NIT Season Tip-off tournament Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in New York. Arizona won 72-66. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (Jason DeCrow, AP) Arizona's Aaron Gordon (11) looks to pass after securing possession away from Duke's Jabari Parker (1) after Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) blocked Parker's shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the NIT Season Tip-off tournament Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in New York. Arizona won 72-66. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (Jason DeCrow, AP)

Colorado is the big winner in Version 3 of the power rankings, moving from No. 8 to No. 3 with its win over then No. 6 Kansas (as predicted here last week). Every person who loves to play basketball should get the chance to feel what it must have felt like to be Askia Booker when he hit that 35-footer at the buzzer to beat the Jayhawks.

Incredible shot.

Others that impressed included Pacific of the West Coast Conference in beating Utah State comfortably in Logan, and UNLV of the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels nearly beat Arizona, the top-ranked team in the country, on the road.

Those that dropped in the rankings include BYU, UCLA, San Diego State, Utah State and Utah.

Here is the third edition of the Pac-12/MWC/WCC power rankings (games through Dec. 10):

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