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March 9, 2006 at 6:55 PM

Still more from Staples

That UCLA-Oregon State game was as dreadful as I feared with the Beavers unable to put up much of a fight due to having three starters sidelined.
The bad news for everyone else is that the Bruins hardly had to try to get an easy win. None of UCLA’s players played more than 24 minutes, which should leave them well-rested for Friday night’s semi-final against Arizona.
• The beginning of the USC-Cal game is only confirming my thoughts that the Trojans are a dangerous team. Gabe Pruitt’s healthy, RouSean Cromwell is also back, and USC seems highly motivated. I’ll call it right now with 12:09 left in the first half — USC wins this one.
• Speaking of motivation, reader Tom commented that he was worried about UW’s motivation tonight after having beaten Oregon twice already this year.
I’d say not to worry.
For one thing, I don’t think motivation has ever really been this team’s problem with this group of players. There have been a few blips here and there — the first WSU game, the first half at ASU last week maybe — but this is a group that likes to play the game and gets up for the big stage.
Also, it’s Oregon. That still means something.
And as far as beating a team three times in a season, we’ve seen it twice already today with UCLA knocking off Oregon State again and Arizona besting Stanford — each for the third time.

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