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Pac-12 Basketball Power Rankings: Arizona on top heading into conference play

Let there be conference play!

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We are on the verge of conference play beginning in the Pac-12, so we set out to rank the conference after the non-conference part of the season.

The only things that all five of us voters agreed on was that Arizona is the best team, and Stanford is the worst.

Here's how the voting turned out, with golf scoring used for the points (1 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, etc.):

Ranking Team Points
1 Arizona Wildcats 5
2 Utah Utes 14
3 Oregon Ducks 15
4 California Golden Bears 20
5 UCLA Bruins 22
6 Colorado Buffaloes 31
7 USC Trojans 32
8 Arizona State Sun Devils 41
9 Oregon State Beavers 42
10 Washington Huskies 51
11 Washington State Cougars 54
12 Stanford Cardinal 60

As has been the case throughout the season, there are a few pairs of teams that are really close and tough to decipher between. Utah/Oregon, Cal/UCLA, CU/USC and ASU/OSU are all within one or two points of each other, showing how similarly their respective seasons have played out to this point.

Hopefully conference play begins to bring a little clarity to where all of these teams stand. The top seven, possibly the top nine, all have a chance to make at least a little noise in the Pac-12 this year. It's about to get interesting.

Check back here every Wednesday throughout the rest of the season for our updated Pac-12 Power Rankings after each weekend of games.