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December 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Pac-10 picks — including the UW game

Full slate of Pac-10 games today.
Stanford at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at USC, 1:30 p.m.
UCLA at Notre Dame, 2 p.m.
San Diego State at Arizona State, 4 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 7 p.m.
Washington State at Portland State, 7 p.m.
Oakland at Oregon, 7:30 p.m.
My picks: Northwestern, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Oregon Sate, Washington State and Oregon
And the UW-Portland winner:
— The Huskies.
After losing last season’s opener at Portland and last week against Georgetown, incentive is on UW’s side. The Huskies are poised to rebound from both defeats.
In three losses, the sharp-shooting Pilots didn’t shoot well behind the three-point arc and Washington’s opponents are shooting just 27.0 percent on treys.
Only two teams (Georgetown and Montana) have held the high-scoring Huskies to fewer than 74 points and Portland doesn’t have a defensively stout team like the Hoyas and Grizzlies. The Pilots allow an average of 69.2 points per game. Forward Quincy Pondexter presents a difficult macthup for the Pilots. After a scoreless outing last year against Portland, he also has incentive on his side.
Portland shutdown Washington’s perimeter attack last year and surrendered 30 points to Jon Brockman. The Huskies no longer have Brockman, howvever, Pondexter has proven he can score inside.

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