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January 26, 2008 at 12:03 AM

Saturday’s picks

The games start early, so we’re staying up late to pass along our picks for Saturday.
And hoping that it goes better than Thursday when we didn’t do so well — it’s we when we lose and I when I win — going 2-2 on Thursday.
Season record is now down to 26-5 which is still in Dave Cokin territory, even if I don’t wear one of those snazzy hats.
Anyway, on with the picks:
WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE: One of four intriguing games on the docket in the Pac-10 Saturday (for now, we’ve had it with Oregon State after the fold job against USC in a game we thought the Beavers might actually have a chance to win) this is a matchup of two rated teams that could be in fourth place by the end of the day. Word is Tony Bennett closed practice Friday after the Cougars got beaten badly in Tucson Thursday. Maybe that will light a fire under a WSU team that hasn’t looked quite as good as its billing of late. And after getting a first-hand look at ASU we think they’re just a little too young to really be a Top 25 team, so we’re calling for the Cougars to rebound. WSU 61, ASU 51.
USC AT OREGON: Ducks have lost three in a row and could be in ninth place at the end of the weekend if they don’t win this one. USC is going for its third straight road win, and it’s time to really start taking Davon Jefferson seriously — he’s averaging 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for the season. He’s also shooting 57.5 percent from the field. In other words, he’s really good, and unheralded as a freshman playing next to O.J. Mayo. Good enough to help USC hand Oregon a fourth straight defeat. USC 75. OREGON 71.
UCLA AT OREGON STATE: Bruins rebounded nicely from the USC loss to win in Eugene and should cruise in Corvallis with another win that may have the Fire Kevin Mouton chorus ready to sing loudly. You mean they fired Jay John so they could lose by 24 at home to USC and score 44 points in the process? They can’t even blame C.J. Giles for that. Beavers are likely to be more inspired, but that won’t matter against a vastly superior team. UCLA 75, OSU 51.
STANFORD AT CAL: Bears, at 2-4 in Pac-10 play and 1-3 in conference games, rank as the most disappointing team in the conference that has yet to fire its coach. But Cal’s numbers make the Bears look like they should be better — one loss in overtime, another by four points, third in three-point field goal percentage, second in defensive three-point field goal percentage, etc. — so the thinking here is that the Bears have simply run into some bad luck so far and are due for some good fortune. The caveat is that Ben Braun has simply been horrible against Stanford, beating the Cardinal just five times in 22 games since taking over in 1996-97. Spinal Tap had better luck picking drummers. But hey, maybe he’s due. CAL 75, STANFORD 72.
WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA: Huskies legitimately looked like a team that could contend for the NCAA Tournament during their win at ASU the other night. Despite shooting just 38 percent they won a Pac-10 road game, the kind of thing that takes a gutty and gritty performance. UW seems the most together it has been since the 2006 season. But talent wins the day in basketball and Arizona will have more of it today, especially when factoring in the home court advantage. This won’t be the kind of embarassing rout it was a year ago (84-54) but with Jerryd Bayless healthy, Arizona figures to have too much. ARIZONA 74, WASHINGTON 67.

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