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February 12, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Tonight’s picks

Back with a clean bill of oral health from the dentist, I’m ready to sink my teeth into tonight’s Pac-10 contests (though that will hopefully be my last sentence like that).
On with the picks:
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON (Huskies by 17-and-a-half): Seems like a lot of points to give to what is an improving OSU team. But the Huskies did handle OSU easily in Corvallis last month and seemed to have some matchup edges at a number of spots. Still, you have to figure OSU comes out fighting a lot harder than it did in that game and if any of the guards hit some outside shots, the Beavers could stay in it a while. I’m anticipating a game where OSU stays within reach much of the night before the Huskies pull away at the end. UW 75, OSU 63.
OREGON AT WASHINGTON STATE (Cougars by 10-and-a-half): Oregon is truly earning its last-place standing, ranking last or near the bottom in a number of statistical categories in Pac-10 play. Most telling tonight could be Oregon’s 10th place ranking in three-point defense at a whopping 44.6 percent. WSU has been shooting better of late and is up to third in three-point shooting at 37.9 percent. Could be just as simple as that as the Cougars again wear down the Ducks. WSU 65, OREGON 52.
USC AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by two-and-a-half): Starting to get to crunch time for both teams in terms of the NCAA Tournament. USC is battling a number of injuries and hoping eight days off will be enough recovery time to get healthy while Arizona is the hottest team in the conference, having won five in a row. Arizona probably should have won the first meeting and will get even tonight. ARIZONA 81, USC 75.
UCLA AT ARIZONA STATE (Sun Devils by 1): I honestly had trouble finding the spread on this at first because I kept looking for UCLA in the favorite’s column. I know ASU beat the Bruins in Pauley, but since then the two teams have taken vastly different trajectories, UCLA the last four games playing as well as any team in the conference has all season. UCLA’s surge has been keyed by some hot outside shooting as the Bruins are suddenly No. 1 in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting in conference games only at 43.6 percent — ASU, meanwhile, is last at 30.3. UCLA seems to be rising to the challenge and will deny ASU the season sweep. UCLA 71, ASU 62.
SEASON RECORD: 39-14.

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