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March 13, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Tonight’s picks

About two-and-a-half hours away from the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, each of which will be further tests of the question — is it really hard to beat a team three times in one season?
UW beat ASU in both regular season meetings, as did UCLA against USC.
So far in this tournament, four of the six games have featured matchups in which one team had beaten the other twice. In three of those, the team that had won twice won a third time. The only loser was Oregon State against Stanford. So maybe it really is simply about one team being better.
On with the picks:
ARIZONA STATE VS. WASHINGTON (ASU by 1): ASU may have more motivation in wanting to prove something to the Huskies after the two bitter regular-season defeats.UW, though, also seems driven to further validate its regular season title. To me, the biggest thing in this game is ASU’s supporting cast of Derek Glasser, Ty Abbott and Rihards Kuksiks. Those guys didn’t do a lot (at least not consistently) in the first two games. But if they hit some shots early, it would be a big lift for the Devils. Still, UW has the edge in depth and athleticism, particularly at the guard spots, which has also proven to be one of the big differences in this matchup this year. And then there’s UW hex on the Devils — 13 wins in the last 14 games against ASU. Make it 14 of 15. WASHINGTON 71, ARIZONA STATE 69.
USC VS. UCLA (Bruins by six-and-a-half): Trojans need the win to keep NCAA tourney hopes alive. But UCLA also seems on a mission to win a title of some kind and reassert its Pac-10 dominance. Bruins seem to be playing better defense now to go along with as efficient an offense as there is in the country. UCLA 67, USC 60.
SEASON RECORD: 68-27.
LIVE CHAT FROM STAPLES — Also, I’ll try to do a live chat around 4:30 or so.

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