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January 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Pac-10 picks … including UW game

Made it back to the Mendoza Line last week. Considering the unpredictable nature of the Pac-10 this season, a .500 record on picks isn’t bad.
I challenge anyone to do better.
Post your picks. Keep a tally. Be honest. And let’s compare before games.
I’ll even buy a hotdog and soft drink before home games for the person that comes closest to guessing the UW score.
TODAY’S GAMES:
Arizona State at Oregon, 5:30 p.m.
Arizona at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
California at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Stanford at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
My picks: ASU, OSU and Cal.
Pac-10 record: 9-9.
AND THE UW-STANFORD WINNER IS …


The Huskies, 75-68.
Much like Washington, Stanford can’t win away from home. The Cardinal is 0-4 this season in “true” road games, losing at San Diego, Northwestern, Texas Tech and Cal.
Stanford did beat Virginia in Cancun, Mexico, but in games away from Maples Pavilion it is 1-5.
In addition, the Cardinal brings four sophomore starters into Hec Ed, which is one of the toughest places in the Pac-10 for opposing teams.
Still Stanford’s youth and relative inexperience won’t be enough for Washington to snap its three-game losing streak.
Look for Justin Holiday, who missed the past two games, to come out and try to have a big day defensively against three-point specialist Jeremy Green and/or high-scoring Landry Fields.
Expect Quincy Pondexter, whose had a slow Pac-10 start, to bounce back after Sunday’s game in which he took just five shots. He could have five shots after two minutes tonight.
And coach Lorenzo Romar might shakeup the starting lineup again. This week he’s hinted UW gets better rebounding from smaller lineups that features three or four guards. Romar promoted Tyreese Breshes and sat Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the past two games and the results were negligible. It’s no secret he hasn’t been pleased with the post play, which includes F Darnell Gant, who had one rebound in 24 minutes on Sunday.
And it’s no secret the Huskies, the defending Pac-10 champs, have been embarrassed during their recent slide that’s dropped them at the bottom of the conference standings. They desperately need a win to jump back into the title race.

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