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January 12, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Today’s picks

Here they are:
WASHINGTON STATE AT UCLA: Since I was in town, I also wrote a story on this game today as looms as one of the biggest regular-season games in WSU history.These are the two best defensive teams in the conference so a low-scoring game is probably in the offing. UCLA has won six in a row against the Cougars — meaning none of the current WSU players have ever beaten the Bruins. But the last three games here have all been decided by three points or less. The real X factor today is the health of UCLA’s Darren Collison and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. We’ll assume they are okay and that the Bruins win another close one. UCLA 58, WSU 52.
ARIZONA AT HOUSTON: Houston is 11-2 overall, 9-0 at home and beat the Wildcats the last time they played here in 2005. Jerryd Bayless, however, is expected to be back for Arizona, so we’ll go with the road team. ARIZONA 75, HOUSTON 67.
CAL AT OREGON STATE: Hard right now to pick the Beavers to beat anybody — OSU’s simply not a good enough shooting team to win often (39.2 percent overall and 29.1 on three-pointers). CAL 69, OSU 52.
WASHINGTON AT USC: For my story today I wrote about Venoy Overton coming back to the school where he originally committed. He could be back in the starting lineup today, as well, as the Huskies try to find some more offense. UW is down to seventh in the conference in field goal percentage at 47.4. USC has its own issues at 0-3 in Pac-10 play and apparently some chemistry issues with freshman Davon Jefferson benched for Thursday night’s game against WSU. But Jefferson is expected back and in a battle of two teams desperate for a conference win, the home court figures to be the tipping point. USC 77, UW 72.
SEASON RECORD: 13-1.

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