Week Four Pac-12 Predictions: Sunday’s Games

Oregon State @ Washington State (1:00, Live Stream)

Washington State showed some tenacity, battling back from a double digit deficit to almost beat Oregon on Friday. Now they face a much tougher test with Scott Rueck’s Beavers coming to town.

Winner: Oregon State

Arizona @ USC (2:00, Live Stream)

Both teams are coming off losses on Friday. Arizona looked much better at times against UCLA, as Kama Griffitts returned to give the Wildcats a threat from three. But the guess here is Southern Cal will not be pleased after dropping a game to Arizona State that they probably should have won.

Winner: USC

Utah @ California (2:00, Live Stream)

Cal battled back against Colorado after being down by as many as 16 in the first half. If they can contain Wicijowski and Plouffe, they should win handily.

Winner: California

Oregon @ Washington (2:00 Pac-12 Networks)

Paul Westhead and his Ducks finally secured their first Pac-12 win on Friday at Washington State. If Jazmine Davis is still out (head), Oregon may have a shot for two straight in Washington.

Winner: Washington

Arizona State @ UCLA (2:00)

After a huge win at USC, ASU will take their pressuring defense to Westwood, to face Cori Close’s Bruins. They’ll likely need to hold UCLA to under 60 if they hope to win.

Winner: UCLA

Colorado @ Stanford (4:00, Pac-12 Networks)

In their first meeting, CU found themselves down 17-2 before they gained some traction and actually outscored the Cardinal in the second half. Simply put, after a really tough loss in Berkeley, Colorado will have to make shots in Maples if they want to steal a game in the Bay Area.

Winner: Stanford

Week 4 Pac-12 Predictions: Friday’s Games

Arizona @ UCLA (6:00, Pac-12 Networks)

The Wildcats should be motivated after a tough loss on Sunday in Boulder, but the Bruins will similarly have something to prove after dropping two in a row against the Bay Area schools. In the end, Markel Walker and UCLA should prove too tough for U of A.

Winner: UCLA

Oregon State @ Washington (6:00)

After sweeping Washington in conference play last season, the Beavers head to Seattle to try to extend their run of unblemished play against the Huskies to four straight games.

Winner: Oregon State

Oregon @ Washington State (7:00, Live Stream)

Washington State should be favored in a battle of a couple of the Pac-12’s basement dwellers. Oregon will need another outstanding performance from Jillian Alleyene to have a shot at getting their first conference win.

Winner: Washington State

Arizona State @ USC (7:00, Live Stream)

Michael Cooper’s Trojans have played really solid basketball for the entirety of Pac-12 play, including two tough losses to Cal and Stanford this past weekend. ASU just doesn’t quite have the offensive firepower to score with the Women of Troy.

Winner: USC

Utah @ Stanford (7:00, Live Stream)

Stanford looked like a team that wasn’t too happy about losing two straight home games (Connecticut and California), as they defeated UCLA and USC. Utah shouldn’t be too serious of a threat to the Cardinal.

Winner: Stanford

Colorado @ California (8:00, Pac-12 Networks)

If Chucky Jeffery and No. 20 Colorado play like they did last weekend against Arizona, they may have a shot at Haas Pavilion, but they’ll need to be more competitive on the glass than they were against Cal in Boulder three weeks ago.

Winner: California

 

Week Four Pac-12 Power Rankings

1) Stanford (5-1)

Tara Vanderveer’s Cardinal bounced back from their split against California nicely with wins over then-No. 14 UCLA and a gritty USC team.

Chiney Ogwumike scores against USC (Credit: Michael Li)

Chiney Ogwumike scores against USC (Credit: Michael Li)

Up Next: Utah and Colorado

2) California (5-1)

Gennifer Brandon showed why she is the most dominate rebounder in the Pac-12 and perhaps the country, grabbing 26 in an overtime, come-from-behind win over USC. Brandon followed up on that performance by tallying a double-double (her ninth of the season) in the Bears’ win over UCLA.

Up Next: Colorado and Utah

3) UCLA (4-2)

The Bruins had their chances on the road against Cal after being blown out of the water by Stanford. UCLA failed to get defensive stops and key rebounds, and fell by five on the road.

Up Next: Arizona and Arizona State

4) Colorado (4-2)

Linda Lappe’s Buffs played perhaps their best game of the season on Sunday, demolishing Arizona 79-36. CU also turned in a strong performance on Friday, beating ASU 57-43.

Up Next: at California and Stanford

5) USC (4-2)

The Women of Troy could be much higher if they had closed out what seemed like a sure victory on the road against No. 7 California. Missed free-throws and box-outs down the stretch cost USC a chance at a signature road win.

Up Next: Arizona State and Arizona

6) Washington (4-2)

Kevin McGuff’s Huskies beat travel partner Washington State twice last week, the second edition in come-from-behind fashion on the road in Pullman, without the services of star guard Jazmine Davis for much of the second half.

Up Next: Oregon State and Oregon

7) Arizona State (2-4)

The Sun Devils took their lumps against Colorado and Utah after beating the Oregon schools in Tempe. ASU has struggled to score but they have played a tough, pressuring defense that Sun Devil fans have come to expect under Charli Turner-Thorne.

Up Next: at USC and UCLA

8) Oregon State (3-3)

OSU could easily be 5-1 at this point of Pac-12 play if they had caught some breaks early in Los Angeles. Next week should show whether or not Oregon State has what it takes to finish in the top half of the Pac-12.

Up Next: at Washington and Washington State

9) Utah (1-5)

Utah has been on the receiving end of some unfortunate scheduling early in Pac-12 play. The Utes’ first four conference games were all against ranked foes. Head coach Anthony Levrets was probably disappointed to split against the Arizona schools at home, considering up next is the toughest road trip they will face all season.

Up Next: at Stanford and California

10) Arizona (3-3)

It might be a little unfair to put Arizona beneath teams like Utah and Arizona State, but the Utes’ three conference wins came against foes with a combined two conference wins. Arizona managed to pull out a win in Salt Lake last week, but struggled mightily against Colorado, only scoring 36 points.

Up Next: at UCLA and USC

11) Washington State (1-5)

Wazzou had a chance to take down their rivals from Seattle, but they couldn’t manage to close the Huskies out down the stretch. Now with the Oregon schools coming to Pullman, the Cougars should be hoping for at least a split.

Up Next: Oregon and Oregon State

12) Oregon (0-6)

The clock has to be ticking on Paul Westhead in Eugene. The Ducks are 2-16 and have lost eight straight dating back to before Christmas.

Up Next: at Washington State and Washington