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February 14, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Tonight’s picks

A rough day last Sunday as I went 0-2. But I can’t imagine too many people got those two games right.
As one coach said, that was Exhibit A of what a crazy league the Pac-10 is becoming.
As noted before, even the home court is no longer much of a haven — home teams are just 28-26 in conference play.
On with the picks:
CAL AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats seem to miss Nic Wise more than anyone thought, and there seem to be some chemistry issues bubbling to the surface after the ASU loss. With Stanford coming to town Saturday, this looms as maybe the key game of the season for the Wildcats. Lose tonight and they could be 5-7 in conference play by the end of the weekend and then facing four of six on the road. Cal is back on the road, and inexplicably back where it plays better, having gone 3-1 away from Berkeley this year. But something tells me Arizona’s desperation will trump that tonight. ARIZONA 78, CAL 71.
STANFORD AT ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils showed they still have some life left with the win at Arizona. But Stanford is playing as well as anybody in the conference right now and ASU just doesn’t seem to have the horses to compete with the Cardinal up front. Consider as one piece of evidence that Stanford is averaging 12 more rebounds per game than ASU in conference play. STANFORD 68, ASU 57.
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON STATE: For some reason I just have a feeling this game will be close. The Cougars played maybe their best game of the year against USC Saturday, so they come in with more momentum then they’ve had in a while. And there’s little reason to think OSU could actually pull off the upset. But Kevin Mouton insists that his players haven’t given up and for some reason I think they’ll show that tonight by staying in this one for a while before the Cougars pull away. WSU 61, OSU 54.
WASHINGTON AT OREGON: Two teams that got off the mat last weekend, which was the focus of my preview story today. The whole key to this one is whether the Huskies can somehow stop Oregon from hitting three-pointers. UW leads the conference in three-point FG percentage against, holding teams to 29.8 percent in conference play, so there is reason to think the Huskies can do it. That was the whole key to Oregon last weekend — the Ducks went 4-18 in the blowout at Stanford, but 18-31 in the blowout win at Cal. The tricky part, obviously, is if you play Oregon too closely for the three it has the athletes to penetrate. So some of it is simply hoping the home team misses a few tonight. UW’s edge is on the boards — it is getting six more rebounds pre game than Oregon. The Huskies need to win both of those battles tonight to take this one. But Mac Court is a tough place to get that done. OREGON 75, UW 65.



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