AROUND THE PAC-10:
— Our advance focuses on Abdul Gaddy, who committed to Arizona before reneging and choosing Washington.
— Didn’t think Cal could win a game with just three three-pointers, but the Bears downed USC 67-59 while attempting seven shots behind the arc. Cal wielded a different weapon on Saturday, a defense that held the Trojans to three points during a 9:12 minute span in the second half.
— The Trojans haven’t been the same since the school announced sanctions that include a postseason ban.
— There’s more to Stanford than Landry Fields, the Pac-10’s second leading scorer. There’s Jeremy Green, who scored a career-high 30 points and led the Cardinal to a 70-59 win over UCLA. Green suspended for two weeks after being arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence. He was reinstated, without any charges being filed.
— According to the Los Angeles Times, UCLA’s 23 turnovers were the difference in the game. Times’ David Wharton writes: “To say the Bruins let victory slip away would be an understatement, miscues adding up to a 70-59 loss at Stanford that would have been comical were it not so disheartening.”
— John Hunt at the Oregonian previews today’s Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State.
— Washington State has defeated Arizona State six straight times and to prevent the streak growing, the Sun Devils intend to pay extra attention to Klay Thompson, Pac-10’s leading scorer.
— The Oregonian’s Paul Buker writes the roles are reversed this time. The Ducks are the team with promise and the Beavers look like a train wreck.
— In case you didn’t see it, former Tacoma standout Avery Bradley scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 2 Texas to a 103-86 win over Colorado. Bradley and Gaddy were teammates at Bellarmine Prep as juniors. Bradley transferred to Findlay Prep in Nevada for his senior year.
Washington State at Arizona State, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
No. 24 Washington at Arizona, 2:30 p.m. (FSN NW)
Oregon State at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
My picks: ASU and Oregon.
Pac-10 record: 7-8.
AND THE UW-ARIZONA WINNER IS …
— The Wildcats.
Until they do it, it’s silly to believe the Huskies have the mental toughness to win on the road.
Fortunately for Washington, Arizona doesn’t play very much zone defense and relies heavily on a man-to-man defense. The Wildcats rank last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense and they don’t t have the defenders to slow down the Huskies.
Still, the Wildcats have athletic players that can make life miserable for UW. Senior guard Nic Wise scored 29 points in their last meeting at McKale Center and freshman forward Derrick Williams poses a serious threat to a underachieving UW frontline.