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January 4, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Saturday’s picks

Fresh off a 4-0 Thursday — have I mentioned that already somewhere? — here are Saturday’s picks.
OREGON AT ARIZONA: Ducks were undone by a zone defense at Arizona State (making just 2-17 three-pointers) but now face a team that likes to play man, a matchup that might better suit them. On the other hand, Ducks seem to be starting to question themselves having lost three of past four games. Arizona 78, Oregon 71.
OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE: Two of OSU’s Pac-10 wins last year came against the Sun Devils (the other against the Huskies) something you’d think Herb Sendek will bring up at some point today. Beavers fought hard at Arizona, but now face a good defensive team that will slow the pace a bit, something that wouldn’t seem to suit them well. Speaking of Beavers, good stuff on the strange C.J. Giles situation here. ASU 69, OSU 52.
USC AT STANFORD: Two 0-1 teams and a matchup of two of the better defensive teams in the conference. But Stanford’s superior size inside would seem to give the Cardinal an edge, not to mention playing at Maples. USC got just four points from its bench in its loss at Cal, something it needs to improve to win a game like this. Stanford 72, USC 67.
UCLA AT CAL: Easy to forget but the Bears actually won the last time these two met in the Pac-10 tournament, an upset that helped pave the way for Oregon to win the tourney. But that was due mostly to the now-graduate Ayinda Ubaka going crazy, scoring 29 points. If Cal gets a big game out of Ryan Anderson, who leads the conference in scoring at 21.6 per game, it has a chance. But hard to pick against the Bruins right now. UCLA 74, Cal 65.
WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON: Here’s what I wrote for the paper tomorrow in breaking down this game — Huskies have high hopes after winning their last five, with the lineup solidifying with the return of Ryan Appleby from injury. They are improved defensively and playing with more purpose on offense. But the Cougars have the veteran experience, a style that always seems to bother the Huskies, and the knowledge that they have already gone into Gonzaga this year and won. WSU 71, UW 65.

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