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Best of the West: A tough week for some of the western's top teams

Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) drives in Provo  Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  BYU won 78-74.
Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) drives in Provo Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. BYU won 78-74.
Matt Halton,

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With the exception of Arizona, Gonzaga and maybe San Diego State, it was a harsh week for the top college hoops teams in the West.

Utah and Stanford each lost on the road, as did Wyoming, Colorado State, Oregon State and Oregon, while Washington and Saint Mary's lost at home. It becomes clear each and every week that nothing is certain in the western conferences.

Winning on the road becomes increasingly toilsome as the conference season wears on. It makes a ranking of the who is ahead even more taxing.

After sorting it all out, here is an attempt to rank the top 10 best 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.