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January 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Tonight’s picks

Week two of the Pac-10 season begins tonight with four games, including Stanford at UW at 7:30 at Edmundson Pavilion.
I went 7-2 on the first weekend, missing only the two Stanford-ASU and OSU-USC.
Off we go:
OREGON AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 12): Two desperate teams, with Arizona in the more dire straits given its pre-season expectations — last time UA started 0-3 in conference was Lute Olson’s first year in 1983-84, also the last time it didn’t make the NCAA Tournament. But that won’t happen tonight as Oregon is too young to win a game like this on the road just yet. ARIZONA 81, OREGON 68.
OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA STATE (Sun Devils by 23): That seems like a big spread considering the style that both of these teams play and the obvious improvement in the Beavers. Also, there is a little injury concern about ASU center Jeff Pendergraph, who is expected to be able to play but may not be 100 percent with a strained MCL. Craig Robinson appears to have OSU on the rebound, having gotten another big commitment this week from PG Jared Cunningham, who had been committed to ASU. ASU will get revenge for that tonight, but it won’t be as easy as Vegas thinks. ASU 65, OSU 54.
CAL AT WASHINGTON STATE (pick ’em): So do you realize Cal doesn’t have a single senior on its roster? and none of its key players seem like guys who should head to the NBA early. Meaning, Bears may be emerging as a power for a couple of years. WSU, meanwhile, is headed the other way, with the realization starting to sink in over there that the rebuilding could take a while. This is a make-or-break weekend for WSU, however, with the Bay Area teams at home. After this, WSU has six of eight on the road. Cougs need at least a split this weekend or it could get ugly. CAL 62, WSU 53.
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON (Huskies by five-and-a-half): This will be a different looking UW-Stanford game than you’re used to, as I wrote about in my preview of the game today. That could bode well for UW, which hast lost four of the last six it has played against the Cardinal, including both last season. Unlike most games in recent years against Stanford, UW should dominate on the boards (Stanford was usually one team that could keep pace with the Huskies in that area) and that, plus the home court, should prove the difference. WASHINGTON 82, STANFORD 75.

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