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Projecting the Pac-12 standings

Cal's Tyrone Wallace has been one of the Pac-12's surprising standouts so far. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

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Last season, six Pac-12 teams earned bids to the NCAA tournament. The conference had unprecedented success in non-conference play, and was as deep as any in college basketball. The conference lost six players in the first round of the NBA draft, and although it didn't have a great non-conference showing in 2014-15, the current landscape could actually benefit the Pac-12 come March.

Here's how the standings should look when that time comes.

1. Arizona Wildcats

Arizona (13-1, 1-0) is a mature, physical old-school team that is hard to score against. T.J. McConnell defends the ball at the point of attack, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has defensive versatility. The big question for the Wildcats is can they score consistently. They get only 22 percent of their scoring from the 3-point line, which is 300th in the country. As league play continues, I look for coach Sean Miller to have the Wildcats playing faster and attacking more in transition. Stanley Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson are both excellent finishers.

2. Utah Utes