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Pac-12 Basketball: Washington and Utah rises, UCLA falls in latest power rankings

Pac-12 Basketball gets league play going. Who have shown themselves to be the teams to beat so far?

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1. Arizona Wildcats - 9-2

Even though Arizona has a similar record to other teams in this league, there was no debate as to who the No. 1 team in Pac-12 Basketball at this point. The Wildcats lost a ton of talent this offseason but Coach Tommy Lloyd made several right decisions through the transfer portal, including landing former UNC guard, Caleb Love.

Love’s stats (16.5 ppg and 3.6 apg) are the same as last season but he’s made clutch shots and been key to the Wildcats’ backcourt having big success. Kylan Boswell (12.0 ppg and 4.4 apg) is having a big sophomore campaign, while San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson and Oumar Ballo is one of the best two-way frontcourts in the country.

Arizona has wins over Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Alabama, four of the top 6 or 7 wins from the entire conference to this point. They only have losses to Purdue and FAU but that’s only affecting their hopes of being No. 1 in the country. 

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Still, the Wildcats remain a favorite of getting a 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament and they are easily a big favorite to win the Pac-12 regular-season title. The question now is how many times will they lose in league play? They have two road games to start to see how much they’ll get tested, with Cal and Stanford up first.