Arizona State apparently couldn’t handle success well. Ever since being ranked No. 3 in the country, the Sun Devils have gone 2-3 with losses to Colorado and Oregon as well as another to in-state rival Arizona. Arizona State lost a tough one at home to Oregon in Week 10 — a game it should have won — and nearly dropped another to Oregon State. Tra Holder and Co. need to figure out what the issues are before it’s too late for a Pac-12 title run.
A week ago, Sean Miller was saying how he didn’t know how to reach his team and now they’re 14-4 after a couple of home wins and sitting in first place in the Pac-12. The Wildcats might have some issues internally they need to work out, but when you have players like Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier, it’s not tough to win games. Oregon and Oregon State found that out the hard way when facing the Wildcats last week.
Gonzaga is one of those teams that won’t move much in the rankings throughout the rest of the season unless all teams ahead of the Bulldogs lose at perfect times to slowly drive them up the rankings. They had no trouble with Portland and San Francisco last week and improved to 16-3 overall. Could Saint Mary’s be a thorn in Gonzaga’s side this season? We’ll find out soon enough.
Cincinnati had just one game in Week 10 against South Florida and it was fairly obvious the Bearcats were going to win big against the AAC foe. They didn’t prove much more than we already knew in the win such as the fact that the Bearcats may be the AAC’s best team and South Florida isn’t very good. The Bearcats will get a slight bump this week, though.
Talk about a tale of two halves of a single week. Xavier started Week 10 with a 24-point road loss to No. 1 Villanova and then ended with a 22-point victory over No. 25 Creighton. It’s tough to rank a team after a week like that, but I’d guess the Musketeers probably drop a spot or maybe even stay at No. 10 when the new rankings come out. This team still looks like a Final Four threat.