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January 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Tonight’s picks

Two intriguing games, and two that look like blowouts, on the slate tonight.
OREGON STATE AT CAL (Bears by 17-and-a-half): OSU seems to be getting better, but maybe not as rapidly as the win over USC indicated might happen. Beavers still struggle to hit shots consistently, wide open or otherwise, and don’t get a lot of easy baskets. Cal figures to be primed after its loss at Stanford last week. CAL 75, OSU 54.
OREGON AT STANFORD (Cardinal by 11): Not so much about saving the season anymore for the Ducks, but simply avoiding embarrassment. Oregon hasn’t won at Stanford since 1986 and there’s just no reason to think this is the year that streak ends. Cardinal could get right back in the NCAA tourney picture with a pair of wins this weekend. STANFORD 86, OREGON 67.
UCLA AT WASHINGTON STATE (Bruins by three-and-a-half): Bruins have won eight in a row against the Cougars, tied for the longest active streak in the Pac-10 (UCLA has also beaten Oregon State eight straight). Cougs appear to have made major strides in the last two weeks since the meltdown against UW, and their three-game winning streak is the longest in the conference. And UCLA continues to show its not quite the power it has been the last three years. Center Aron Baynes could be the key for the Cougars tonight as the Bruins are softer in the middle than they have been the last few years. Tempting to think the Cougars will finally get it done. But I’m going with the safe bet in this one thinking the Bruins, smarting from a home loss last Saturday to Arizona State, won’t lose two in a row. UCLA 68, WSU 61.
USC AT WASHINGTON (Huskies by 7): Seems like a big spread for the Huskies, though maybe it went up with the news this week that Dwight Lewis is questionable due to injury. Kind of like the Cougars, USC’s defense has really seemed to bother the Huskies the last few years — Trojans have won three out of four, including both pretty decisively last season. Huskies will have to hit some outside shots to win this one, and while the stats don’t indicate they are doing that all that well — their 71 three-pointers are fewest in the conference — they seem to have developed a knack for sinking them when needed. With Brandon Roy in the house, hard to see the home team losing this one. WASHINGTON 74, USC 65.
SEASON TO DATE: 22-6 after dropping one last night (darn you, Dave Libbey).

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