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March 7, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Today’s picks — and a couple links

One day left and still so much unsettled. Oregon at the bottom, UW with at least a share of the top, are about the only sure things going into the last day of the season, though that seems fitting given that this has been one of the most competitive years in the conference’s history.
And while the focus here is on UW, the real pressure game today is in Tucson where you would think the Wildcats have to win to have any chance of keeping that 24-year string of consecutive NCAA tourney appearances alive.
On with the picks.
OREGON AT UCLA (Bruins by 21-and-a-half): Bruins again look like they are hitting their stride, and no reason to think Ducks can keep this one very close. That will mean, however, that UW will have to beat WSU to get the outright title. UCLA 81, OREGON 58.
WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON (Huskies by nine): Which the Huskies will do. The Cougars are better than they were when the teams met two months ago, but so are the Huskies. Maybe the most worrisome thing for UW is that the Cougars have some momentum and also not a lot of pressure now that a post-season berth of some kinds seems assured. WSU will put up more of a fight than last time. But not enough to stop what seems like Washington’s destiny. WASHINGTON 69, WSU 57.
OREGON STATE AT USC (Trojans by 12-and-a-half): Beavers won the first meeting, one of the games that has USC in the spot it’s in today. USC’s really on the outside now, but with a win today could finish alone in fifth, and coupled with a long run in the Pac-10 tournament could get back in the conversation. Expect that to happen. USC 62, OREGON STATE 53.
CAL AT ARIZONA STATE (Sun Devils by 8): Both teams are safely in the tournament but seem headed in different directions. Sun Devils need desperately to stop the bleeding, and for some reason, I think they will as the Bears will be a little spent after their marvelous win in Tucson Thursday — expect Jeff Pendergraph to dominate inside. ASU 71, CAL 65.
STANFORD AT ARIZONA (Wildcats by 6): So what’s gotten into Stanford here late in the season? Cardinal has made a nice NIT run, but you would think it ends here as the Wildcats have to win this one, and are the better team. ARIZONA 82, STANFORD 75.
PRE-GAME CHAT TODAY: Also, I’ll try another pre-game chat today around 1-15 p.m. or so going for about an hour. I won’t do the in-game chat today but will do the usual in-game blog.
— The New York Times has a story today on Jon Brockman written by former Seattle Times staffer Hugo Kugiya, who actually covered the Huskies for a while in the ’90s.
— Here’s my preview for today looking at how the first game between the two was something of a turning point for the Huskies.
— Lots of good links from Mike Tokito at The Oregonian.
— The Sports Network has this nuts and bolts preview of the game.
More later from the arena.

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