Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffs responded to an ugly loss at Utah with an incredibly important win at Oregon and a necessary victory at Oregon State.
Moreover, a win against Colorado State keeps looking better.
Oregon's current losing ways (2-3 in its last five) are due in part to the loss of point guard Dominic Artis.
When the selection committee is discussing the Ducks, who are now 37th in the RPI with an 8-3 Pac-12 record, Artis' health will be a key talking point.
For a team with so much talent, the Bruins are maddening to watch.
Just ask Bill Walton.
Nevertheless, they compiled two wins this week against the Washington schools and now have eight conference victories to go with sturdy computer numbers (38 RPI, 36 SOS, two top-20 road wins).
Arizona State Sun Devils
The Sun Devils are another last four in/first four out candidate.
On the one hand, they have 18 wins, are 7-4 in conference and showcase some underrated talent (Jahii Carson, Jordan Bachynski, Carrick Felix) that would be a nice addition to March Madness.
On the other, they are No. 66 in the RPI, have a SOS of 107 and lost to DePaul at home earlier in the season.
California Golden Bears
The Bears have struggled with inconsistency, but they earned a massive road win against Arizona State on Sunday and are now No. 58 in the RPI with a SOS of 29.
Throw in zero losses outside the top 100 and five of their last seven being at home, and the Bears have a good shot of sneaking in.
The Cardinal are in a similar situation as Cal. They have an RPI of 58, a SOS of 33 and their worst loss is against USC (103 RPI).
However, Stanford's best win is at home against Oregon (33 RPI and dropping).
The Rest (alphabetical order)
Oregon State Beavers
Washington State Cougars