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STANFORD AT ARIZONA: A matchup of the best (Stanford) and worst (Arizona) teams in the conference in field goal percentage defense in Pac-10 play heading into the weekend. If Cardinal can eliminate Arizona’s inside game and turn the Wildcats one-dimensional it could be a long day for the home team. Arizona has won last three against Stanford at home and had won six in a row before Cardinal got a four-point win at home last month. Stanford had won seven in a row before Thursday loss at ASU and hasn’t lost two in a row all season. Guess here is that trend continues. STANFORD 72, ARIZONA 65.
CAL AT ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils right smack dab in the hunt for an NCAA tourney bid after the win over Stanford. All those young legs appear to have gotten their second wind after hitting a wall for a few weeks. Cal again appears headed in the other direction, dropping two in a row after winning three in a row, after losing three in a row. Bears look like a team that could win the NIT, but won’t have enough to beat the Sun Devils. ASU 67, CAL 61.
WASHINGTON AT OREGON STATE: This one got a lot more interesting after the events of Friday, when the Beavers interrupted the end of UW’s practice at Gill Coliseum with some trash-talking and protests that the Huskies weren’t showing the proper respect to “our house.” How that emotion manifests itself on the court could be the key to today’s game. Huskies usually play better when riled up while the Beavers seemed a little too heated during the game in Seattle, when OSU lost a five-point lead in the final five minutes. Huskies could hit true rock bottom if they can’t beat the Beavers, a team against which they always seem to struggle, especially in Corvallis. OSU usually does a decent job of slowing the game down and frustrating the Huskies. Here’s to thinking that the Beavers might have made a mistake in riling up the Huskies, who looked like dead Dawgs in Eugene Thursday but may now have the ammo to summon the needed intensity. UW 71, OSU 67.
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON: So I’ll send, I don’t know, my heartfelt congratulations to the first person on this blog who can name the Cougar coach the last time WSU won a game at Mac Court. In other words, it’s been a while in a series that has been shockingly dominated by the Ducks of late — Oregon had won 14 in a row before WSU got them with a late rally in Pullman last month, and has won all but two games since 1997. Oregon appears to be finding the late-season stride it so often has under Ernie Kent, who seems to have a knack for righting the ship when times seem most desperate. This looks like the key game for Oregon’s NCAA tourney hopes — a loss, and Oregon is 6-7 in Pac-10 play facing three in a row on the road. But while all of that seems to hint of an Oregon victory, the odds tell me it’s time for this group of Cougars to finally get a win here. WSU 75, OREGON 67.
SEASON RECORD: 45-13
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