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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Tonight’s picks

Lots on the line in three Pac-10 games tonight. Too bad UW is involved in the fourth, which has little real meaning other than Stanford trying to improving its NCAA tournament seeding.
At least one team in each of the other three games, however, would be best-served to win to assure a tourney bid.
A 9-9 conference record may, for the first time in Pac-10 history, be good enough this season to get an at-large bid. But teams would obviously be better off not testing that theory up front.
That said, a look at each game tonight.
WASHINGTON AT STANFORD: Huskies are 11-point underdogs, and not hard to see why. This just feels like a bad matchup for the Huskies, who can’t logically be regarded as a threat to win a road game against a really good team. They have four road wins in the last two years, two against teams that have fired their coach since then —- LSU and Oregon State this season — and two against Arizona State, which, at least when UW plays there, feels like the least-imposing road environment in the conference. The Huskies will get a full-throttle effort tonight from the Stanford crowd, as well as a Cardinal team still aiming for a Pac-10 title. If Brook Lopez gets going early, watch out. STANFORD 71, WASHINGTON 55.
WASHINGTON STATE AT CAL: Cougars, at 21-6 overall, are all-but-in. Still, they need at least one win the rest of the way to assure finishing better than 9-9. And a bigger issue may be NCAA tournament seeding. ESPN this week had WSU facing a second-round matchup with Duke in Raleigh, N.C. That’s no way to get to the Sweet 16. And remember, Cal is one of the four teams to win in Pullman this year as the Cougars had no answer for Ryan Anderson, who is a bad matchup for Aron Baynes. That said, feeling here is Cougars rebound from Saturday’s loss against Arizona against a Cal team that seems to play better on the road than at home. WSU 67, CAL 61.
USC AT ARIZONA: Trojans look in pretty good shape at 8-6 in conference play. On the other hand, the four games left aren’t easy — at the Arizonas and home to the Cal and Stanford — so they aren’t out of the woods. Arizona is the most likely Pac-10 team to get in with a 9-9 record thanks to the high RPI and a strength of schedule that remains No. 1 in the country. Wildcats seemed to find something in Pullman last Saturday and we’ll assume they’ll still have it at home. ARIZONA 75, USC 69
UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils got the win they absolutely had to have last Saturday in Seattle — their desperation led to an intensity that the Huskies never did match. Now they get the LA schools at home and they need to win at least one before finishing with games at the Oregon schools next weekend. But while UCLA seems a little distracted at times, the Bruins almost always find a way, and they just dominated the Sun Devils at Pauley last month, winning 81-54. UCLA 79, ASU 70.
SEASON RECORD: 55-17

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