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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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8. Arizona State Sun Devils - 6-5

Literally days before the start of the season, Arizona State added senior transfer, Jose Perez. It was a sign that the roster still needed more offense and that’s something he’s been able to add, producing 12.4 ppg and 3.1 apg on 42% shooting from the field.

With LSU transfer Adam Miller now eligible, the Sun Devils have some talent on the perimeter, also including starting PG, Frankie Collins. The problem with this team is that they’re not very efficient at all, ranking in the bottom 40 nationally in most offensive categories. And with little frontcourt production to rely upon, they’re vulnerable to losing just about any game.

ASU does have wins over San Francisco and Vanderbilt but also has four games of 15+ point losses, along with a defeat to San Diego on the road. They’re now on a three-game losing skid before a couple of road games at Stanford and Cal.

The hope is that Miller’s presence and the Sun Devils’ shooting have positive regression to get the offense back on track. But they’re a team that could easily slide down the rankings because they also haven’t looked great. If that happens, Coach Bobby Hurley could be in some real trouble with his job.