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January 10, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Today’s picks

The Pac-10 starts early today, with the first game at 11 a.m.
And today’s lineup is a good one for those who hate the conference’s TV contract to remember — every single game is on TV, essentially a back-to-back-to-back-to-back of Pac-10 basketball on FSN (with a Gonzaga game thrown into the mix for good measure). Not going to get that on ESPN.
Anyway, off we go:
OREGON STATE AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 19): What OSU has done the last three games is probably what we should expect of rebuilding programs — one step forward, two steps back. OSU has looked awful twice in Pac-10 play, sandwiched around a win. Is today time for another step up? Probably not as Arizona’s just too talented and seemed to get back on track a little the other night against the Ducks. ARIZONA 75, OSU 55.
OREGON AT ARIZONA STATE (Sun Devils by 16-and-a-half): Oregon is struggling to do much of anything well right now —- as two examples, Ducks are last in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 41.3 and ninth in FG defense at 46.8. Ducks are also a distant last in rebounding margin at minus-4.7. Just not much they can hang their hat on right now other than the hope that all that talented youth matures quickly — or simply looking ahead to next year. ASU rebounded nicely from its loss at Cal to pummel the Beavers and no reason to think they won’t do the same today. ASU 71, OREGON 52.
CAL AT WASHINGTON (Huskies by five): That actually seems like a pretty big spread in UW’s favor given the success of the Bears to date. But it also shows the growing belief out there that the Huskies are for real. We’ll really know after this one as this may be the best team UW has played since losing to Kansas and Florida almost two months ago now. As I wrote in my preview story today, this is an intriguing matchup of a UW team that leads the nation in rebounding vs. a Cal team that leads the nation in three-point percentage. Whichever team can best exploit its strength figures to walk away with the W. Given the home court, some surging confidence, and that Cal has already won at WSU on this trip (road sweeps are always difficult) we’ll give a close edge to the Dawgs. WASHINGTON 77, CAL 74.
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE (Cougars by a point-and-a-half): After what I saw of these two teams the last two games, no doubt in my mind which one is a lot better — the Cardinal. But playing in Pullman on the back end of this trip can be tricky, and WSU’s style will keep it close. Still, WSU games seem to be developing a sameness — the Cougars stay close for a half, 30 minutes, then fall apart at the end when their inability to create much on offense proves too much to overcome. Expect more of the same today. STANFORD 65, WSU 57.
SEASON RECORD: 11-2.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
Here are a few links on today’s game:
— Here’s a breakdown from The Sports Network, including a prediction of a Cal win.
— A preview from the San Francisco Chronicle.
— And here’s some good stuff on Cal from the Bear Talk blog.
All for now.

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