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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Today’s picks

Just five games into the Pac-10 conference season and the one thing that isn’t scarce are road wins. So far, the road team has won four — UW at WSU, UCLA at Oregon State, USC at Oregon and Arizona State at Stanford.
All were won in blowout fashion.
It’s really early, obviously, but maybe all that talk of parity in the conference this year is overblown because the four teams mentioned above — plus Cal — look like they may be the best five teams in the Pac-10 right now.
Today’s lineup, which includes four games, could also yield a few more road wins, possibly providing a rare weekend in which home teams win fewer games than visitors.
Here are the games on tap:
UCLA AT OREGON (Bruins by 11): Despite Oregon’s resurgence the last two years, UCLA has won seven of the past eight against the Ducks. No reason to think this one will be any different as the Bruins will D up the Ducks and force Oregon to take dozens of ill-timed three-pointers that aren’t likely to go in. UCLA 71, OREGON 54.
USC AT OREGON STATE (Trojans by 11): At some point I may find it in me to pick the Beavers, but it won’t be today. The Trojans appear to be hitting their stride with the beginning of conference play and OSU just doesn’t have enough weapons on offense to keep up. USC coach Tim Floyd is 6-0 against the Beavers and will make it seven. USC 61, OSU 43.
ARIZONA STATE AT CAL (Sun Devils by 2.5): The game of the day. These are two of the best three shooting and three-point shooting teams in the conference. If one team seems to have an edge it’s ASU with Jeff Pendergraph in the middle, a matchup Cal doesn’t seem to have an answer for. But for some reason I think the Bears are going to pull it out. CAL 71, ASU 65.
ARIZONA AT STANFORD (Cardinal by 3.5): One of these teams, after entering the week with high hopes, will end the weekend a suddenly reeling 0-2 in conference play. Given Arizona’s erratic play, this figures to be its day for an upswing. But the Cardinal can’t really be as overrated as its 30-point loss to ASU made it look, can it? We’ll go with the home court advantage. STANFORD 81, ARIZONA 77.
RECORD TO DATE: 4-1
PROGRAMMING NOTE: For the guy in the last thread who remarked that I was up early, it’s not voluntary. We booked a 7 a.m. flight out of Spokane so I had a few minutes to kill in the aiport before boarding. Now I’m finishing this post with hours to kill as our flight was delayed four-and-a-half hours for mechanical difficultes. Ah, the glamorous life of a sports writer. I can officially report, however, that there is still a lot of snow in Spokane.

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