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January 3, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Reviewing opening night

So who said the Pac-10 would be hard to figure this season?
I went a perfect 4-0 on my picks the first night of conference play, including calling the mini-upset of Arizona State over Oregon. (Got to get the pats on my own back in here before it’s too late).
ASU held the normally high-scoring Ducks to just 54 points in a 62-54 win as Oregon showed again that it is vulnerable when the outside shots aren’t going down. Oregon was 2-17 on three-pointers with Tajuan Porter 0-7. As you can see here, Porter’s three-pointer shooting is down quite a bit this season.
I didn’t envision that Oregon State would keep it tight against Arizona for most of the night, but in the end it was another loss as the Wildcats eventually pulled away to win 76-63. The Beavers played without C.J. Giles who was reportedly benched for being late to practices indicating maybe that experiment isn’t working as well as everyone in Corvallis hoped. OSU did get a breakout game from 6-7 freshman Omari Johnson who scored 19 points.
Cal beat USC 92-82 largely due to hitting 11-25 three-pointers and indicating again that the Bears are a more diverse team than many thought heading into the season, when the focus was on the big-man duo inside of Ryan Anderson and DeVon Hardin. At the time, the thought was Cal might not have enough in the backcourt to compete, but Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher are proving to be more than able on the perimeter. O.J. Mayo scored 34 points but the Trojans hit just 5-20 three-pointers.
Three-point shooting was also the key for UCLA as the Bruins hit 9-16 in beating Stanford 76-67. UCLA took the redshirt off sophomore forward James Keefe, who hadn’t played before tonight but was pressed into duty due to injuries, particularly to Michael Roll.
The team that falls quickly on the brink is Oregon, which now plays at Arizona, returns to host the Bay Area schools, then plays at UW and WSU.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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