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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Tonight’s picks

The start of the second half of Pac-10 play brings with it another quartet of interesting games (okay, trio).
On with the picks:
UCLA AT WASHINGTON STATE: Game of the night doesn’t look quite so shiny after WSU got swept at home last weekend. WSU’s much-vaunted defensive reptuation beginning to take a little hit — the Cougars rank just eighth in the conference in field goal percentage defense in Pac-10 games only, allowing opponents to hit 48 percent. Cougs even worse defending the three, ranking last in conference games at 39.4 percent. UCLA leads Pac-10 in shooting at 49.8 percent and should be able to handle a raucous crowd and a tough road to Pullman. UCLA 71, WSU 62.
USC AT WASHINGTON: Two teams going in opposite directions — UW has lost three in a row while USC has won five of its last six, including three straight on the road. Trojan coach Tim Floyd making a big deal with his team out of how the Trojans have struggled greatly in Seattle the last few years. But those were against better UW teams. USC is tied with UCLA in shooting percentage and second field goal percentage defense, which may be more relevant than anything else. Trojans due for a win at Hec Ed. USC 74, UW 68.
OREGON STATE AT CAL: Goofy stat of the season is that the Bears are 3-1 on the road in Pac-10 play and 1-4 at home. So Bears are back in their discomfort zone of Berkeley. But Oregon State should be enough to make any team feel right at home. OSU has lost 11 in a row and has been outscored by 17.4 points in Pac-10 play. CAL 81, OSU 62.
OREGON AT STANFORD: Ducks already in a precarious post-season state at 4-5 and now begin a stretch of five of seven on the road. Ducks really need a split of the Bay Area, but are unlikely to get that win here. Oregon’s one hope is to get hot from the three-point line — Ducks lead the conference in Pac-10 games only at 8.22 three-pointers per game (Stanford is tied for last at 4.33). But Brook Lopez is finally living up to all that potential and odds say Ducks — who beat Cardinal in Eugene last month — can’t sweep Stanford. STANFORD 75, OREGON 67.

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