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February 14, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Today’s picks, and a couple links

This is shaping up as quite the weekend of opportunity for the Huskies.
While UW is hosting the Oregon schools — and having already beaten the more competitive of the two — the LA and Arizona schools are beating up on each other, and Cal has to host its rival in Stanford, a team that has already defeated the Bears once this season.
Take care of business Saturday and UW could have a game-and-a-half lead on the field with just five to play by the end of the weekend.
And who would have honestly predicted that two months ago?
On to the picks. …
OREGON AT WASHINGTON (Huskies by 18): Sure, it’s a rivalry and all that. On the other hand, the Ducks are just bad. They will certainly put up more of a fight than they did the other night in Pullman when they were like Michael Spinks going up against Mike Tyson or something (you youngsters can click here for the meaning of that sentence). But there’s no reason to think the Huskies are going to lose this one. Of Oregon’s 12 Pac-10 losses, only one has come by fewer than seven points — that a three-pointer against rival OSU. In other words, they’re just getting beaten soundly every game out. More of the same in Seattle. WASHINGTON 91, OREGON 69.
OREGON STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE (Cougars by 11.5): The two lowest-scoring teams in the conference meet in a game in what looms as an NIT/CBI elimination contest. Cougars have one big edge in hot-shooting freshman Klay Thompson who is suddenly shooting 52 percent on three-pointers in conference play having made the second-most of anyone in conference play. He could have a field day against OSU’s zone. WSU 62, OSU 52.
UCLA AT ARIZONA (Bruins by four-and-a-half): Having lost at ASU Thursday, Bruins now try to avoid their first Pac-10 sweep since early in the 2004-05 season, Ben Howland’s second at UCLA. In fact, Bruins haven’t lost two in a row of any kind since March 2007. Arizona, meanwhile, has won six in a row and has played itself back into the NCAA Tournament. This looms as kind of a get-over-the-hump game for UA since the Wildcats will play the next three on the road — at ASU and then the Washington schools. A loss today puts them back in a dicey spot. UCLA won the first meeting easily in LA, 83-60. It won’t be like that today. But UCLA usually plays well when challenged and it needs a win to set up a first-place showdown with the Huskies on Thursday. The Bruins will get it in a grinder. UCLA 77, ARIZONA 71.
STANFORD AT CAL (Bears by 7): Stanford won the first meeting in Palo Alto, which started the Bears on a skid of four losses in five games. But Cal has rallied with two wins over the Washington schools, while Stanford is still playing hard, but struggling on defense, allowing teams to shoot 50.5 percent in conference play. Bears will get their revenge and stay within striking distance of the leaders. CAL 81, STANFORD 72.
SEASON RECORD: 42-15.
GAMEDAY READINGS. …
Percy Allen, who will be covering the game for us today while I attend to some family stuff, wrote this story on Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s recent slump.
— The Seattle Weekly spoke recently with Will Conroy, who will be playing in the NBA D-League All-Star game this afternoon.
DawgPress.com has a look at how recent UW and Oregon players have fared in the pros. (And just try to pronounce the name of the team Maarty Leunen is on.
Jason King of Yahoo.com isn’t that sold on the Huskies.
Mike Tokito of The Oregonian has a preview of the Husky game today as well as every other link you could possibly want.
— And if you’ve made it this far, one last reminder that TODAY’S GAME IS IN HDTV. So you fans in the first few rows groom accordingly.
All for now.

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