When 2013 ended, it looked like 2014 was going to be a great year for the Pac-12.
Arizona and Oregon were undefeated. Colorado was climbing the rankings and had just beaten Kansas. UCLA wasn't in that group yet, but Steve Alford had his team playing great on the offensive end. Even bottom-dweller Utah had been impressive with an 11-1 start.
Well, the first two weeks of 2014 have not been kind to the perception of the league. This week, only one other Pac-12 team made the B/R Rankings, and that team, Colorado, just barely made it. The Buffs lost on Sunday at Washington and might be without star Spencer Dinwiddie for the rest of the season. If that's the case, who knows if the Buffs will even be able to make the tourney?
Oregon has lost three straight after a 13-0 start. The Ducks can score, but they can't guard.
The same can be said for the Bruins, who could be the second-best team in the league if Dinwiddie is finished. That's a UCLA team that lost at Missouri and got worked by Duke at Madison Square Garden.
Maybe California—3-0 in conference play—is for real and will help the league's image. But outside of Arizona, it's hard to find a team you can trust.
Teams to Watch: Xavier, California, VCU
Dropped Out of Rankings: Missouri, Oregon
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