College Basketball Rankings: Pac-10 Struggling To Hang With Big Boys

The Pac-10 has just a 3-12 record against AP top 25 teams this season.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: AP Top 25 Poll Has No Pac-10 Teams

The latest Associated Press college basketball poll is out, and the Pac-10 conference is not to be found anywhere in the top 25. The USC Trojans lost by two on the road at Kansas, which remained ranked third in the AP poll. In the Wooden Classic, the UCLA Bruins beat BYU, which was ranked 16th but is now ranked 23rd. The win by the Bruins was just the third in 15 attempts this season by the Pac-10 against AP top 25 teams. USC plays at No. 19 Tennessee Tuesday night. Here is the full AP top 25:

  1. Duke
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. San Diego State
  8. Villanova
  9. Missouri
  10. Georgetown
  11. Kansas State
  12. Michigan State
  13. Kentucky
  14. Purdue
  15. Baylor
  16. Memphis
  17. Minnesota
  18. Texas
  19. Tennessee
  20. Florida
  21. Illinois
  22. Notre Dame
  23. Brigham Young
  24. UCF
  25. Texas A&M

In last week's poll, the Washington Huskies were ranked 28th, the Arizona Wildcats were ranked 33rd, and the Washington State Cougars were tied for 36th. This week, the Pac-10 teams in the "others receiving votes" section are Washington (27th), Arizona (36th), and Washington State (39th).

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: No Pac-10 Teams In ESPN/USA Today Top 25

The latest ESPN/USA Today college basketball poll is out, and the Pac-10 conference has no teams in the top 25 for the second straight week. In the Wooden Classic, the UCLA Bruins beat BYU, which was ranked 18th but is now ranked 23rd. The USC Trojans lost by two on the road at Kansas, which remained ranked third in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Here is the full ESPN/USA Today top 25:

  1. Duke
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. San Diego State
  8. Villanova
  9. Georgetown
  10. Missouri
  11. Kansas State
  12. Michigan State
  13. Purdue
  14. Kentucky
  15. Baylor
  16. Minnesota
  17. Memphis
  18. Tennessee
  19. Florida
  20. Notre Dame
  21. Illinois
  22. Texas
  23. Brigham Young
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Louisville

The Pac-10 has just two teams in the "others receiving votes" section, and both are in the northwest. The Washington Huskies received 27 points and are ranked 30th, while the Washington State Cougars received two votes and are ranked 39th. USC plays at No. 18 Tennessee on Tuesday night.

For more Los Angeles college basketball news, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs for UCLA (Bruins Nation) and USC (Conquest Chronicles).

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College Basketball Rankings: Pac-10 Struggling To Hang With Big Boys

Saturday was a good day for the local college basketball teams, as the UCLA Bruins beat the No. 16 BYU Cougars and the USC Trojans nearly beat the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks in Kansas. However, when a 1-1 day against ranked teams can be considered a good day for the conference, it is simply a down year for the Pac-10. When the college basketball rankings are released on Monday, the Pac-10 is likely to be without a top 25 team for the second week in a row.

The Washington Huskies have been the only ranked team in the Associated Press top 25 at any time this season, but they dropped out of last week's poll after a loss to Texas A&M. The Huskies were 28th in last week's poll, so they could sneak back into the top 25 (Washington won its only game this week, 80-52 over Nevada on Saturday), but the fact remains that the Pac-10 simply has no top teams this season. The conference's record against top teams this season has been less than stellar.

The Pac-10 teams this season have a 63-36 cumulative record, but the vast majority of those wins have been compiled against lesser teams. Pac-10 teams are just 3-12 against AP top 25 teams this season, and those three wins have been against teams ranked 16, 19, and 21. USC and UCLA each have one of those wins, as USC beat No. 19 Texas last Sunday, and UCLA beat No. 16 BYU in the Wooden Classic on Saturday.

Three of the 12 conference losses against top teams have come at Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas. Both USC and UCLA lost excruciatingly close contests in the final seconds, while Arizona lost 87-79 during Thanksgiving weekend. In the latest Sagarin ratings, the Pac-10 is ranked as the seventh-best conference, behind the Mountain West. San Diego State is simply the best team on the west coast this season, in what has been a down year for the Pac-10.

For more Los Angeles college basketball news, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs for UCLA (Bruins Nation) and USC (Conquest Chronicles).

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