Pac-12 off to slow start

It was not a November to remember for Pac-12 basketball.

Preseason favorite UCLA lost to Loyola-Marymount and Middle Tennessee State at home before getting outclassed at the Maui Invitational.

USC lost at home to Nebraska and Cal Poly. Arizona State has lost to Pepperdine, Fairfield and DePaul. Washington State lost at home to Cal Riverside.

And the Buffs finished a disappointing seventh in the Puerto Rico Tip-off.

Entering tonight’s Colorado-Colorado State game at Moby Arena, the Pac-12 (9th) is actually behind the Mountain West (8th) in the conference RPI pecking order at realtimerpi.com.

The Rams (4-2) have an RPI of 75 while the Buffs are 97 as I type.

Oregon (8) is the only Pac-12 team currently in the top 20 with five schools (USC 197, Washington State 198, UCLA 231, Arizona State 261 and Utah 316) all well outside the top 100.

The Big 12 ranks third in RPI even though Kansas (65) and Texas (190) aren’t receiving much love from the computers yet.

But it’s early and these numbers are subject to change by the hour.

The good news is CU is trending up after a quality win over Georgia (48) on Monday. The SEC is ranked second in RPI at this early stage of the season behind the Big Ten.

About ryan

Ryan Thorburn has been a sports writer at the Camera since 2000. He covered the Denver Broncos beat for eight seasons (2000-2007). For the last six years Ryan has been covering the University of Colorado athletic department, including beat writing duties on men's basketball and column writing on football.
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