Although the Pac-12 only has one team ranked in the AP Top 25, it showed plenty of competitive action in the first week of play.
Arizona (14-0, 2-0) is by far the top basketball team in the conference. In the most recent AP poll, the Wildcats were ranked No. 4. They have the only other undefeated record in NCAA men's basketball besides Duke and Michigan.
This weekend Arizona hosted Colorado and Utah, beating both teams to defend its unbeaten record. When Colorado came to town, it ended in a controversial showdown.
The game was tied with seconds remaining and Colorado's Sabatino Chen banked in a 3-pointer at the end of regulation. The referees waived the basket, saying it left his hand after the game clock expired. Arizona went on to rout Colorado in overtime and took the game, 92-83.
Another team on the radar in the Pac-12 is the UCLA Bruins. Since beginning the season 5-3, the Bruins have rattled off seven straight victories. This includes their Pac-12 openers against Cal and Stanford.
Utah has had a better start to the season than expected, however, it clearly still has strides to make before it's consistently competitive in the Pac-12. The Utes lost their first two conference games by a combined four points.
In their Pac-12 opener, the Utes visited Arizona State and nearly won in regulation. However, with seconds remaining, Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson sank a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime. Later in the extra time, Carson made a layup with 35 seconds remaining to seal a 55-54 victory for the Sun Devils.
ASU senior forward Carrick Felix was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the Sun Devils' conference victories.
Utah's Jason Washburn had a great weekend in Arizona to kick off conference play. His 19 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks against the Sun Devils outclasses any other individual effort.
Here are the Pac-12 standings through the first week of conference play:
1. No. 4 Arizona 2-0 (14-0)
1. Arizona State 2-0 (13-2)
1. UCLA 2-0 (12-3)
1. Washington 2-0 (10-5)
5. Oregon 1-0 (12-2)
6. USC 1-1 (6-9)
7. Stanford 1-2 (10-6)
7. Cal 1-2 (9-6)
9. Oregon State 0-1 (10-4)
10. Colorado 0-2 (10-4)
10. Washington State 0-2 (9-6)
10. Utah 0-2 (8-6)
Before the season, the 6-6 junior was one of the favorites for player of the year and he's having a great year so far. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.4 points per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the field and is second in the league at 87.0 percent from the line. With 24 3-pointers he's the only player on his team with more than eight.
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He's only 6-7, 210 pounds, but he's a rebounding machine, leading the league with 12.1 per game after leading the conference at 11.1 a year ago. He also ranks third in the league in steals with two per game. He is just fourth on a balanced Buffalo team in scoring at 11.4 ppg.
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The 6-6 senior transfer from College of Southern Idaho earned his second Pac-12 player-of-the-week honor after leading the Devils to a pair of victories. He averages 15.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55.3 percent from the field.
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The 6-7 senior from Los Angeles averages 13.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds for the Wildcats. He shoots 45.1 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range, second best on team, and makes 80.6 percent of his free throws.
Up next: In recruiting circles last season, this freshman was mentioned in the same breath as Jabari Parker.
Since becoming eligible four games into the season, this highly-touted freshman swingman has become the league's second-leading scorer at 19.6 ppg, while leading the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting at 48.6 percent.
Up next: A young man from Pleasant Grove, Utah.
With Terrance Ross and Tony Wroten each going to the NBA early, the former Pleasant Grove star has become the main man for the Huskies. Wilcox averages 18.4 points, grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and leads his team in blocked shots with 19. He also shoots 39.8 percent from 3-point range and 85.3 percent from the line.
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The Wake Forest transfer has improved his scoring to 10.8 points per game and leads his team with 20 blocks on season, but should be getting more than 3.7 rebounds per game. His 57.1 field goal shooting is among the league leaders.
Up next: An Australian center. Shades of Andrew Bogut...
School: Washington State
This senior from Australia is a load to handle for Pac-12 opponents. He ranks third in the league in scoring at 19.4 per game, shoots 49.5 percent from the field and averages 7.1 rebounds per game.
Up next: A sharp shooter in Corvalis.
School: Oregon State
The 6-3 junior guard leads the Beavers in scoring at 16.0 points per game and assists at 3.1 and ranks second in Pac-12 in 3-point shooting at 46.4 percent.
Up next: Like Steve Nash, he's from Canada, but he's only 11 inches taller.
This forward from Canada leads a balanced Cardinal offense his team at 14.4 points per game, while shooting 49.0 percent from the field. He's also second on the team in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game and second in blocked shots with one per game.
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The senior from Riverside Calif., is the only Trojan averaging in double figures at 11.7 points per game. He also grabs 4.6 rebounds, is second in steals and shoots 51.5 percent from the field.
Up next: The lone Ute on the list. It may not be who you're thinking.
After a slow start when he lost his starting position, the 6-11 senior had come on strong at the start of Pac-12 play, averaging 18 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. For the season he ranks fifth in the league in field goal percentage at 61.8 percent.
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