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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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9. Stanford Cardinal - 5-5

This was a pretty big year for Coach Jarod Haase, who is seemingly on some sort of hot seat. He lost a lot of talent but did bring in Providence transfer Jared Bynum to shore up the point guard position. And he’s been solid so far, averaging 9.0 ppg and 6.7 apg, good for top-10 nationally. 

On paper, Stanford has some good pieces. Forward Maxime Raynaud leads the team with 14.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg, while Michael Jones and Brandon Angel are double-figure scorers too. Even freshman wing Andrej Stojakovic (9.0 ppg) has given them a boost in the rotation. 

Yet the results remain the same, with Stanford losing to all of the good teams they’ve faced on the schedule, including Santa Clara and Northern Iowa. At least they beat Cal State Northridge, hence why they’re above UCLA in these rankings. But that’s their best win to date, making them far from the postseason conversation.

The Cardinal do have opportunities to get back on track at home, with Arizona and Arizona State coming to town this weekend. With three straight road games following it, things could get early for them if they don’t get some wins early.