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March 2, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Sunday links and picks

Back from Berkeley to a sunny morning in Seattle — and the Huskies in seventh place in the Pac-10 standings, which would mean a first-round meeting with Oregon State in the conference tournament in two weeks if it holds.
And remember, in terms of seeding for the tournament, the Huskies currently hold the tiebreaker on Oregon due to their win over UCLA.
On to the links:
— Our story today focused on the breakout game by center Joe Wolfinger.
— The notebook led with an item on Spencer Hawes taking in the game and saying that he has no second thoughts about leaving early. In a couple of quotes from Hawes that didn’t make the story, he said “it was definitely the best business decision but a lot of it was also about the dream of playing in the NBA. Since I was a little kid it was what I wanted to do.” Hawes also said that “I don’t see a lot of people who (think about leaving) and go back and benefit. You get nitpicked so much (by NBA scouts) that they try to cater to the NBA instead of doing what is best for you.”
— The San Jose Mercury News says Cal faltered despite some good moments from its seniors.
— The San Francisco Chronicle details the play late in the game where Cal could have tied it.
— More from the Cal view.
TODAY’S PICKS
UCLA AT ARIZONA: Not quite the first-place showdown anticipated when this was set for a Sunday national TV game. This game depends mostly on which Arizona team shows up — the one that won at WSU last week or the one that disappeared at home against USC Thursday to again fall on the brink of NCAA bubbledom. It all caused Arizona interim coach Kevin O’Neill to say Saturday that this “has been the toughest year of my coaching career.” UCLA has won six straight against Arizona, and while you’d expect the Wildcats to give a good effort, the Bruins are just too balanced and seem to raise their game in these types of settings. UCLA 78, ARIZONA 71.
OREGON AT OREGON STATE: It’s tempting to pick the Beavers, who are the first Pac-10 team ever to lose their first 15 conference games, obviously threatening to also become the first conference team to go 0-18. But the Ducks are also feeling the heat today, needing a win to keep hope alive of an NCAA bid. There are also increasing questions about the future of coach Ernie Kent, though this story in today’s Oregonian includes a quote from Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny that essentially says Kent will be back next season. Beavers will play though, buoyed by what would figure to be one of its more raucous crowds of the year. But Oregon just has too much talent — and too much at stake. OREGON 81, OSU 72.
SEASON RECORD: 60-19.

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