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January 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Tonight’s picks

And tonight is when that glittering 18-1 record to date may get a little smudged.
Three of the four games tonight are pretty hard to call, but I put myself up to this, so here goes.
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE: So I’ll ease into these picks with the one sure thing as the Cougars host the worst team in the conference. As our Bud Withers pointed out, OSU actually gave WSU two pretty tough games last season with the Cougars prevailing each time. Don’t see that happening tonight as the Cougars — anxious to put the UCLA game in the past and playing just their second home game since Dec. 9 — should roll easily. WSU 71, OSU 49.
ARIZONA STATE AT CAL: The Sun Devils are one of the feel-good stories of college basketball so far, from off the mat to into the top 25. But ASU has played just one road game so far, when it was beaten 62-47 at Nebraska. Interestingly enough, this is the site of ASU’s last road win, 42-41 late last season. But I keep thinking the Bears are a little better than people think, and that a young ASU team may take some lumps on the road. CAL 66, ASU 59.
ARIZONA AT STANFORD: Cardinal coach Trent Johnson is just 1-6 against Arizona, having lost the last six in a row. But two have come in overtime, two more by five points or less. Jerryd Bayless makes Arizona a lot better so don’t read much into that 1-2 conference record without him. But the Cardinal seems due. STANFORD 75, ARIZONA 71.
OREGON AT WASHINGTON: Did you know that Washington has a longer home winning streak against the Ducks than it does against any other Pac-10 team? UW has won the last six at home against Oregon dating to the 2000-01 season, and every other Pac-10 team has won at Hec Ed since then (yes, including Oregon State, which beat the Huskies in Seattle in the 02-03 season, Lorenzo Romar’s first at UW). UW, in fact, has won six of the last eight and seven of the last 10 against the Ducks overall. Part of it is matchups — UW has obviously thrived playing up-tempo the last few years and often has welcomed a visit by the Ducks after having suffered recent losses against some other slower-tempo teams. I may sound contradictory after saying that Stanford is due to beat Arizona, but I’m going to give the Huskies some benefit of the doubt that they are better than they looked against USC and that they will again rise to the occasion playing their favored style buoyed on by a raucous crowd. But the Huskies won’t be able to do it without getting a big game from someone other than just Jon Brockman and Ryan Appleby. Guess here is Quincy Pondexter will fill that role well tonight. UW 83, OREGON 78.

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