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Best of the West: Piecing together the leaders in the final week before Selection Sunday

Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) shoots past the Colorado Buffaloes at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Utah Utes forward Jakob Poeltl (42) shoots past the Colorado Buffaloes at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Laura Seitz

Selection Sunday is now less than a week away and it's the most important time of the year for those on the edge of getting into the tournament and those that have no other shot at the tournament other than winning a conference tournament.

This is the last week for any potential at-large team to make an impression on the selection committee. Teams at the top, such as Oregon and Utah, don't have to scramble, but teams on the bubble have a lot at stake this week. Take USC, for example, that closed the regular season 2-6 or Oregon State, that lost its second-leading scorer and rebounder to injury this week. Those teams missed out on a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament and have to make sure not to leave Las Vegas early.

That's the same case for some of the leaders in other conferences. Saint Mary's (mostly from a weak strength of schedule) and San Diego State (1-4 against the RPI Top 50) are two conference top-seed teams hovering around the bubble that don't want to damage respective resumes with exits in the conference tournaments this week. Other conference tournament top seeds have even more pressure. Hawaii (Big West), New Mexico State (Western Athletic) and Weber State (Big Sky) will more likely than not have to win its conference tournaments to get in.

So after sifting through it one last time, here's another crack and ranking the top 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.