Well, the ranking didn't jinx them. Neither did playing on the road. Nor the Cal Bears.
The Cougars took control of Thursday's Pac-10 game early and never gave any indication they would ever lose it, methodically building an insurmountable lead and breezing to their fourth conference win (against one loss).
You can find the game story here.
All five Cougar starters scored in double figures, led by Kyle Weaver's 14 points and 10 assists. Daven Harmeling (pictured battling Cal's Ayinda Ubaka for a loose ball; Associated Press photo) and Ivory Clark also had 14 points apiece.