California Golden Bears Getting Some Respect In Power Ranking of Pac-12

By Trevor Lowry
California Golden Bears
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The California Golden Bears finished one game back in the Pac-12 standings this past season and they will be a top team once again in the conference in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

In a recent power ranking by ESPN, Cal was ranked No. 4. Ahead of it was UCLA, Colorado and Arizona.

That can be expected as UCLA and Arizona get top recruits all of the time, plus some great players are returning on both teams. The Buffaloes will be returning a large amount of talent and have very high expectations, hence the No. 2 ranking in this power ranking.

Leading scorer Allen Crabbe may be gone, but in comes four-star recruit Jabari Bird. Not to mention, Justin Cobbs will be back, among other players.

Cobbs is the highest scorer returning. He averaged 15.1 points per game last season. Him and Bird will be scoring threats all season long and should help make up quite the combo.

However, it will not be easy to win the conference title. Arizona is going to be a top five team or at least it should be in the rankings once the season starts. It does not help that Colorado will basically bring back everyone, minus Andre Roberson.

UCLA loses its head coach, but it also brings back a couple of key players.

Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State will also not be easy opponents. However, with Bird set to have a big freshman season, the Golden Bears are being ranked right where they should be.

An NCAA tournament appearance is likely going to happen once again, which is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

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