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January 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Today’s picks, and a couple links

For most teams, today marks the beginning of the second-third of Pac-10 play, if that makes any sense.
But the season goes quickly — consider by the end of next weekend, the conference season will be half over.
For now, there are four Pac-10 games on tap today, plus one non-conference affair (Houston and Arizona, which we’ll pass on since the mandate of these picks was to select every conference game this season).
OREGON AT CAL (Bears by 15): Ducks looked like they had begun to quit when they fell down 40-18 at Stanford. A little second-half rally indicated there is some life. Still, no reason to think Oregon can win this one. Biggest curiosity today is Cal — was that fast start by the Bears more of a fluke than we thought? Big problem lately for Bears has been defense — Stanford and OSU each shot 52 percent or better, the kind of thing hard to fathom for a Mike Montgomery team. Bears bounce back big today. CAL 75, OREGON 57.
OREGON STATE AT STANFORD (Cardinal by 16-and-a-half): Heck of a week for Craig Robinson, even if the guys at NBC had no idea who he is. The college basketball world is finding out maybe he knows what he’s doing.Apparently time for everyone to take the Beavers seriously every time out. This would be Robinson’s biggest conquest yet if he can win at Maples — OSU has lost every game there since 1993. Cardinal has rallied nicely from its lost trip to Washington and can get back over .500 in Pac-10 play with a win. It’ll be more of a struggle than the oddsmakers think, but the Cardinal will get it. STANFORD 68, OSU 59.
USC AT WASHINGTON STATE (Cougars by 1-and-a-half): Think UW has struggled against the Cougars the last few years? Consider that WSU has won nine of the last 11 against the Trojans dating to the 2003-04 season, and five in a row in Pullman. Neither game was close last year as WSU’s defense seemed to really frustrate the Trojans. Considering how sloppy this year’s USC team is, and that Dwight Lewis is still unlikely to play, odds again favor the Cougars at home. WSU 70, USC 64.
UCLA AT WASHINGTON (Bruins by 1): We’ve detailed quite a bit all that the Huskies could gain by winning today. For UCLA, it may be even more personal — none of the Bruins has ever won in Seattle. Not sure UW can win this one without a bounce-back from Jon Brockman to offset what figures to be a Bruin edge in outside shooting. Huskies are on a good roll, but the odds say it’s UCLA’s turn. UCLA 82, UW 75.
SEASON TO DATE: 25-7.
ALSO, here are a few links. …
— Here’s my story on today’s game including at a look at the Brothers Holiday.
— Here’s Brian Dohn’s preview from the LA Daily News as well as a reminder of the tension that erupted at the end of last year’s game here.
— Every other Pac-10 link you could want available from Mike Tokito at The Oregonian.
All for now.

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