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January 15, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Tonight’s picks

The last-second decisions in Seattle and Pullman helped prevent a perfect Saturday-Sunday for me last week.
Still, I’m 14-4 after two weeks (and knowing I’d better get my gloating out of the way now since it probably won’t last long).
Four games on tap tonight, so here we go:
ARIZONA AT UCLA (Bruins by 11-and-a-half): May have been a while since Arizona has been this big of an underdog in a Pac-10 game. Wildcats were not very good in their two previous conference road games, and Bruins seem to be hitting their stride. UCLA is forcing a league-high 17.5 turnovers per game, and that could be the difference in this one. Guess here is Arizona keeps it closer than spread but UCLA holds on late. UCLA 74, ARIZONA 69.
ARIZONA STATE AT USC (Sun Devils by 1): Trojans are hungry for a win after tight losses in the last two games. Big difference in this game is outside shooting — ASU has made 138 three-pointers to just 62 for USC in only one more game. If you’re simply picking the better team, ASU would get the edge. But desperation and the home court has me calling the upset. USC 65, ASU 61.
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON STATE (Cougars by 5): In a battle of the two lowest-scoring teams in the conference, it could be first one to 50 wins. Cougars are hoping the Stanford win marked a turnaround. OSU, however, can point to its home win over USC two weeks ago as a reason for hope. Cougars still have some experienced players who have won games like this before, so that gives WSU a slight edge. WSU 58, OSU 55.
WASHINGTON AT OREGON (Huskies by 4-and-a-half): This looms as a pivotal game for UW to bounce back from the Cal loss and possibly lead to a road sweep that would put the Huskies right back in the upper echelon of the Pac-10 at the end of the weekend. Oregon is rebuilding, but as Lorenzo Romar said, there’s no question the Ducks are dangerous, especially at home. If it turns into an outside shooting contest, Oregon will have the edge. UW will have to make some but needs big games again from its interior players. Here’s thinking they’ll get it and that inside power will beat outside explosiveness. WASHINGTON 78, OREGON 72.
Finally, here’s a good breakdown of tonight’s games as well as some links from The Oregonian.

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