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Best of the West: UCLA and others are living on the edge as season wanes

UCLA guard Bryce Alford, left, goes up against Oregon guard Joseph Young during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. UCLA won 72-63. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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UCLA guard Bryce Alford, left, goes up against Oregon guard Joseph Young during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. UCLA won 72-63. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Is UCLA an NCAA tournament team? How about Stanford or Oregon?

Maybe.

That same question can be asked for a good chunk of the west in the next couple of weeks.

The race for the Pac-12 regular-season title has been great, but the chase a few games behind Utah and Arizona is just as crazy — and there's more on the line there.

Oregon, UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State are separated by just one game in the standings heading into this week, and each is toeing a tough line.

Utah and Arizona will be in the tournament. Everyone else in the conference is a question mark or out. The same can be said for Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference and San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference.

But after sorting it all out, here is an attempt to rank the top 10 teams in the West.


Note: As always, honorable-mention candidates are based on leaders of conferences that did not appear in the top 10 and do not necessarily mean they are the top teams outside of the chosen top 10. Conferences included in these power rankings are Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-12, Western Athletic and West Coast. Use of KenPom.com, Massey and RPI ratings are not the absolute basis of the power rankings, but an idea where teams hold up in national metrics ratings.