Power rankings: Pac-12, WCC, MWC men's basketball, Version 2

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4 2013 11:42 a.m. MST

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Arizona solidified its place among college basketball’s early season elite when it beat Duke, 72-66, to win the Preseason NIT. The win came after the Wildcats had to rally to beat a tough Drexel team in a game Arizona could have easily lost. With its road win at San Diego State, Arizona has the only two wins over current AP Top 25 teams from among these conferences.

Arizona (7-0) is shooting 51 percent as a team while holding opponents to just 36 percent. It is also outrebounding teams by nearly 15 boards per game and winning by an average of 20 points per contest. The Wildcats are ranked No. 2 in the major polls, No. 7 in the Pomeroy Rankings and No. 14 in RPI.

Freshman phenom Aaron Gordon continued his strong play with eight rebounds and 19 points on just 10 shots in Arizona’s 79-58 blowout of Texas Tech Tuesday night. He made 4-of-12 free throws, which may be worrisome to NBA scouts.
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Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT

It is kind of weird to put the Utes in the top 15 teams from these conferences when they just lost to the only real team they have played so far this year. But I guess it is fine, they are better than they have been for the past few seasons (which isn't saying much). I think the rest of the list is fine (I don't think a perfect list of this kind is possible at this point in the season). I hope BYU can beat number 2 from this list. I think having them at number 5 is a perfect place to put them at this point.

Gone fishin
PAC Country, WA

The top 14 sound about right. Utah at #15 is about as off base as you can get.
Playing the 348th easiest schedule in the country should not garner any votes at all. I they were throwing Utah a bone.

Gone fishin
PAC Country, WA

BYU is smart in scheduling tough OOC opponents. Can't say the same for the utes.

Too bad that the Utah game will lower their SOS ranking by a few notches.

nategagon
Taylorsville, UT

@Gone fishin and @Samwise

You are probably right about the Utes, but who would you have put in at #15 instead? USC? Wyoming? Colorado St? Oregon St for its road win over Maryland? The Utes actually looked pretty impressive against Boise last night, so I decided to slide them in due to a lack of any obvious better choices.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Utah will end up with a stronger strength of schedule ranking at the end of the year than BYU. BYU has to schedule tough out of conference because the WCC is so bad after Gonzaga and St. Mary's.

Jealous U
Alpine, UT

UU32

"Utah will end up with a stronger strength of schedule ranking at the end of the year than BYU."

Possibly, but with a much worse RPI because the Utes will have precious few wins against the decent teams on their schedule.

Boise State is just the first example of what will happen to the Utes as soon as they begin playing decent teams - lots of morale victories, just like football.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Funny that the "validity" of these subjective rankings focuses solely around Utah to so many. When Utah is rated lower, they are great. When Utah is rated higher, it is "as off base as you can get."

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

@UU32

"Utah will end up with a stronger strength of schedule ranking at the end of the year than BYU."

Yeah, your conference big brothers can probably beat your BYU big brother, and BYU's sister can probably beat you.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Utah's strategy of playing a weak schedule is proven for programs rebuilding. Makes no sense to have a bunch of underclassman whipped by more talented, experienced teams. You have to learn how to walk before you run. They're still a year away from being a NCAA post season team but heading in the right direction. BYU is a proven regular season monster and a one and done tournament team.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I have to make a small correction to the BYU homer who wrote this article. The Utes play Fresno State tommorrow so that gives us one more non-conference game against a team you've actually heard of.

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