Now that the non-conference portion of the college basketball season is basically over, let’s take a look back at how things have gone.

Since these power rankings debuted on Nov. 21, the top two spots have not changed. Arizona and Oregon have continued to find ways to win each game they have played.

Utah, Colorado and San Diego State have been the most pleasant surprises with UNLV pressing to join that list after a rough start.

The most disappointing teams have been BYU, Saint Mary’s, Utah State and New Mexico. BYU has fallen 10 spots from where it debuted.

Last season 13 teams currently in Pac-12, Mountain West or West Coast conferences made the NCAA Tournament. As was discussed in the initial power rankings, none of those teams made the Elite 8 and only two even made the Sweet 16.

As of Jan. 2, according to ESPN’s renowned Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi there are 10 teams from these conferences currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

Arizona and Oregon, the highest seeded teams in the projections, have looked impressive this season, but certainly not unbeatable. They have both survived close calls in games they easily could have lost.

With the season still young as conference play is now just beginning, it would not be a surprise to see another NCAA Tournament this season with no teams from these conferences in the Elite 8. On the flip side, there are some tough, dangerous teams like Colorado, Gonzaga or San Diego State that could get hot at the right time and make a deep tournament run.

Here is the fifth edition of the Pac-12/MWC/WCC power rankings (win/loss through Jan. 2, stats/rankings through Jan. 1):

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1. Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12)

No change

Record: 14-0

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 1 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: No. 1

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 1

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 1

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 46

RPI Ranking: No. 10

Best Win: Beat AP No. 7 Duke 72-66 in NIT Preseason Tournament championship (neutral court in New York)

Worst Loss: None

Team MVP so far: Junior shooting guard Nick Johnson: 16 points, 2.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 50.4/38.2/83.3 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

2. Oregon Ducks (Pac-12)

No change

Record: 13-0

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 3 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: No. 10

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 9

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 6

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 41

RPI Ranking: No. 12

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 9, Illinois, 71-64 (home game)

Worst Loss: None

Team MVP so far: Junior shooting guard Joseph Young: 20.2 points, 2.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 54.8/46.7/81.8 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

3. Colorado Buffaloes (Pac-12)

No change

Record: 12-2

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 5 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: No. 20

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 24

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 20

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 5

RPI Ranking: No. 8

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 4, Kansas, 75-72 at home

Worst Loss: Defeated by AP No. 9, Baylor, 72-60 (neutral court in Texas)

Team MVP so far: Junior shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie: 15.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 48.1/41.7/87.6 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

4. Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC)

No change

Record: 13-2

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 6 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: No. 24

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 21

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 24

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 68

RPI Ranking: No. 24

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 41, Arkansas, 91-81, in Maui Preseason Tournament (neutral court )

Worst Loss: Defeated by RPI No. 87, Kansas State, 72-62 (neutral court in Kansas)

Team MVP so far: Junior point guard Kevin Pangos: 17.6 points, 4.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 47.5/46.7/92.6 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

5. San Diego State Aztecs (MWC)

No change

Record: 11-1

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 6 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: No. 21

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 19

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 41

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 167

RPI Ranking: No. 32

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 55, Creighton, 82-67 (neutral court in California)

Worst Loss: Defeated by AP No. 1, Arizona, 69-60 (at home)

Team MVP so far: Senior guard Xavier Thames: 16.3 points, 2.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2 steals, 44.7/47.4/79.4 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

6. UCLA Bruins (Pac-12)

Up 3

Record: 11-2

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 7 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: No. 32

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 28

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 21

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 44

RPI Ranking: No. 50

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 23, UC Santa Barbara, 89-76 (at home)

Worst Loss: Defeated by AP No. 25, Missouri, 80-71 (on the road)

Team MVP so far: Sophomore small forward Kyle Anderson: 14.5 points, 6.7 assists, 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 51.6/54.5/75.4 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

7. Utah Utes (Pac-12)

Up 1

Record: 11-2

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: Not currently projected in

Associated Press Poll Ranking: Not ranked

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: Not ranked

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 57

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 300

RPI Ranking: No. 171

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 27, BYU, 81-64 (at home)

Worst Loss: Defeated by RPI No. 30, Boise State, 69-67 (on the road)

Team MVP so far: Sophomore forward Jordan Loveridge: 17.3 points, 2.9 assists, 9.4 rebounds, 47.3/31.6/79.7 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

8. New Mexico Lobos (MWC)

Up 4

Record: 9-3

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 8 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: Not ranked

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: No. 36

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 56

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 7

RPI Ranking: No. 56

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 35, Cincinnati, 63-54 (at home)

Worst Loss: Defeated by RPI No. 54, New Mexico State, 67-61 (at home)

Team MVP so far: Senior point guard Kendall Williams: 18.6 points, 5.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 50/46.7/85 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

9. Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12)

Down 3

Record: 11-3

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: Not currently projected in

Associated Press Poll Ranking: Not ranked

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: Not ranked

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 40

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 120

RPI Ranking: No. 79

Best Win: Beat RPI No. 86, UNLV, 86-80 (on the road)

Worst Loss: Defeated by RPI No. 111, Miami (FL), 60-57 (neutral court in CA)

Team MVP so far: Sophomore point guard Jahii Carson: 19.3 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 48.9/51.4/77.4 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

10. Boise State Broncos (MWC)

Up 4

Record: 10-3

Bracketology NCAA Tournament Projection: No. 11 seed

Associated Press Poll Ranking: Not ranked

USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: Not ranked

ESPN BPI Ranking: No. 48

BPI Strength of Schedule Ranking: No. 57

RPI Ranking: No. 30

Best Win: Beat BPI No. 57, Utah, 69-67 (at home)

Worst Loss: Defeated by BPI No. 29, Saint Mary’s, 67-61 (at home)

Team MVP so far: Junior small forward Anthony Drmic: 19.5 points, 1.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 2 steals, 46.7/33.8/73.3 percent shooting (field goals, 3-pointers, free throws)

Next Five

UNLV (MWC): The Rebels (10-4) have won seven straight and appear ready to do some damage in conference play. The Rebels have a BPI rank of No. 49.

California (Pac-12): The Golden Bears (10-4) had No. 63 RPI and BPI ranks before beating Stanford on the road Thursday night.

Saint Mary’s (WCC): The Gaels (10-4) were surprisingly still projected as a 9-seed in the NCAA Tournament after games of Jan. 1 despite three straight bad losses. It will be interesting to see if they remain in the projected field after getting blown out by Gonzaga for their fourth straight loss Thursday night.

BYU Cougars (WCC): Due to a lack of better choices, a No. 27 RPI rank and its victories over Texas and Stanford, BYU remains in the top 15. The Cougars have proven they can compete with almost anybody when they are making shots but have also proven they can lose to almost anybody when they are not.

Stanford (Pac-12): The Cardinal (9-4) had a BPI rank of No. 46 and were projected as a 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament before losing top Cal at home to begin conference play. That loss probably knocks them out of the tournament for now.

Where is Utah State?

Utah State’s loss to a bad Air Force team kept the Aggies from having a chance to jump back into the top 15.