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March 11, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Pac-10 picks — and off to L.A.

Off to the airport, then off to Los Angeles, for what could be one of the more interesting Pac-10 Tournaments — which isn’t necessarily saying all that much as these events have often sadly not yielded a lot of drama.
But with so much parity in the conference this year, and so much on the line for a few teams, this should be a good one.
The tournament begins with two games tonight featuring the 7-10 seeds (WSU-Oregon) and 8-9 (Stanford-Oregon State). On with the picks:
WASHINGTON STATE-OREGON (Cougars by 8.5): The winner gets UCLA in the second round. WSU handled Oregon easily in the two regular season games as their disciplined style completely unnerved a young Ducks team. Oregon played better the last half of the second half of Pac-10 play, but hard to see why this matchup would unfold much differently, especially with the Cougars also hitting their stride the last few weekends. WSU’s seniors surely also remember all those losses to Oregon in previous years. WSU 68, OREGON 55.
STANFORD-OREGON STATE (Cardinal by 5.5): Winner gets the Huskies in the second round. OSU swept the Cardinal during the regular season (swept the Bay Area, in fact), as Roeland Schaftenaar dominated from the high post. But Stanford is probably the more talented team and it seems like that might win out the third time around, especially if they can slow Schaftenaar at all. Huskies, however, would probably rather face Oregon State given the way they had an easier time with the Beavers this year. But guess here is they’ll get the Cardinal. STANFORD 78, OSU 67.
A FEW LINKS:
— Here’s the Oregonian’s daily wrapup of the Pac-10 with a lead on the future of Ernie Kent.
Nick Daschel also picks both WSU and Stanford.
LIVE CHAT FROM STAPLES — Also, I plan to host a live chat tonight from the Staples Center, probably around 5:30 or so and bleeding over into the beginning of the first game.
All for now.

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