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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 15, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Bad omen for Pac-10?

Louisville is putting it to Stanford, lleading 46-20 at halftime.
So count the Pac-10 as the first conference with a team out of the tournament.
I had promised to provide some commentary on Pac-10 games earlier — and I had Stanford being drubbed by Louisville in the first round (okay, so maybe I thought Louisville had a chance).
We’ll just scratch that one.
The next Pac-10 team in action is Washington State against Oral Roberts, and being down here in Sacramento, there are a lot of different schools of thought on this one.
Oral Roberts certainly passed the eye test during practice yesterday — Caleb Green and Ken Tutt look like the real deal — and ORU did win at Kansas this season.
On the other hand, the Golden Eagles also lost 10 games this season and had to scrape and claw to get past Oakland in the Mid-Continent final.
Can a 10-loss MCC team really beat the second-best team in the Pac-10?
Sure, the way the Cougars have played at times lately. WSU has looked a little vulnerable near the end of the season, losing three of their last six. And Oral Roberts is the team that comes into this one with some tournament experience, losing to No. 1 seed Memphis 94-78 last year. Oral Roberts players and coaches played that up yesterday, saying a year ago they were just happy to be here —- this year, they want to stay a while.
So I expect a tough game for the Cougars today.
But in the end, I don’t think ORU is going to show the Cougars anything they haven’t seen before — the Cougs did win 13 Pac-10 games this year.
Call it WSU 67, ORU 59.
For more info on the game, check our preview here.

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