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January 17, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Today’s picks

So who says the Pac-10’s unpredictable?
Fresh off a 4-0 Thursday, I’m now 18-4 for the season (and I’m getting all my unseemly bragging out of the way now before the worm inevitably turns and my winning percentage recedes to OKC territory).
Today’s slate, however, looms a lot tougher to handle. There are five conference games, only one with a spread of more than six-and-a-half, and that one only nine. So the prognistication skills will be tested. But with the aid of the continental breakfast at The Shilo Inn (hey. times are tough) I’m ready to roll.
ARIZONA STATE AT UCLA (Bruins by six): No way ASU and James Harden will play as poorly as that performance at USC the other night. But that game also showed how vulnerable ASU can be if Harden struggles. It will take a total team effort to win at Pauley. As I keep writing, however, it looks like UCLA is really starting to come together. UCLA 72, ASU 64.
ARIZONA AT USC (Trojans by six-and-a-half): The two most enigmatic teams in the conference, each seemingly capable of beating anyone and losing to anyone, face off. Trojans are more well-rounded and at home, which should be enough to build a small winning streak as they head to Seattle for a game with the Huskies Thursday. USC 68, ARIZONA 63.
CAL AT STANFORD (Cardinal by three-and-a-half): The game could be a subplot to the return of Mike Montgomery to Maples Pavilion. The line almost seems odd at first given where these two teams are in the conference standings. But then the home court, the emotion that figures to be in place, and the fact that the Cardinal seems due after losing two one-point games last week — while Cal is trying to win a third straight on the road — all point to Stanford. STANFORD 75, CAL 71.
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON (Cougars by two): The Ducks are flailing, and Ernie Kent is back on the hot seat, possibly again fighting for his coaching life. Oregon’s young players appear to be regressing, not improving, as the season hits the midway point, while WSU has rebounded from that blowout loss to UW. Cougars force teams to shoot a lot of threes, which is something Oregon likes to do anyway, so the whole game will come down to that — whether Oregon can hit any threes. Here’s betting the Ducks won’t make enough. WSU 64, OREGON 57.
WASHINGTON AT OREGON STATE (Huskies by nine): UW is the biggest favorite of the day in the Pac-10, though I doubt Lorenzo Romar feels that way. This looms as a scary game for the Huskies after two intense efforts and now going against a team that plays a lull-you-to-sleep style. It’ll probably be ugly for a while. But this UW team has a maturity and togetherness missing the last couple of years, and hence more of an ability to fight through the rough patches. Ultimately, talent will win out today. WASHINGTON 63, OSU 53.

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