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January 19, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Saturday’s picks

Thursday wasn’t quite the dent on the record I feared, going 3-1 for a season mark of 20-2 (the two games I haven’t gotten right were Arizona’s win at Oregon and Arizona State’s win at Cal).
Admittedly unseemly bragging over, on to today’s picks:
ARIZONA AT CAL: Arizona hasn’t been 1-3 in Pac-10 play since 1985 (it also started last season 2-4) so this is a big one for the Wildcats, who could conceivably fall into ninth place with a loss today. But Cal has beaten Arizona just twice since 1999 and in a battle of two teams coming off tough losses, the Wildcats will prevail. ARIZONA 75, CAL 71.
ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD: ASU’s freshmen proved me wrong by leading the Sun Devils to a gutty road win at Cal on Thursday night. But two OTs may have taken a lot out of the Sun Devils, especially now facing a punishing Cardinal squad — Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at 10.2 per game. STANFORD 68, ASU 59.
USC AT UCLA: Much of the focus in this one will be on Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo, , though the LA Times points out in a story today that the two teams often do better when those players score less. Still, it didn’t seem to hurt UCLA much when Love scored 27 against WSU last week. The bigger issue in this game is that UCLA simply has a lot more around Love than USC does around Mayo, which will be the real difference today as the Bruins cruise. UCLA 78, USC 63.
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON: Lots of intrigue in this one, which we’ll break down in more detail later from the arena. But in brief, some in Oregon speculate this could be the final game for OSU coach Jay John while it is also the first game back in Seattle in for former Rainier Beach star C.J. Giles, which I wrote about today. The bigger issue for UW is simply putting two good games back-to-back, something that has been difficult for the Huskies this season. Guess is this could be ugly for a while but that the Huskies will eventually pull away. WASHINGTON 71, OSU 55.

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