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January 30, 2010 at 5:48 AM

Pac-10 picks — including UW game

No perfect picks Thursday. That’s two straight outings when no one has correctly predicted every game. We’re slipping. I went 2-2 and like many was burned by USC and Arizona State.
Let’s try and do better today. And we’ve got a UW score to pick. Same rules as before. Give me prediction and the closest to the final score wins a prize.
TODAY’S GAMES:
Washington State at Washington, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
Stanford at Arizona State, 2 p.m.
USC at Oregon, 3 p.m.
UCLA at Oregon State, 4:30 p.m. (FSN NW)
SUNDAY’S GAME:
California at Arizona, 1:30 p.m. (FSN)
(Game times local to site)
My picks: ASU, USC, OSU and Cal.
Pac-10 record: 23-17.
AND THE UW-WSU WINNER IS …


The Huskies, 87-73.
Washington State coach Ken Bone summed up the Huskies earlier this week when he said: “At home those kids are a little bit different then they are on the road so we’re preparing for the UW at home. … They’re able to play much more physical at home and on the road I don’t think they get away with the physicality.”
The Huskies average 86.9 points at home, but just 66.8 in road games. UW opponents average 68.7 points at Hec Ed and 80.6 when UW is on the road.
Even with conference leading scorer Klay Thompson and former Rainier Beach High star Reggie Moore, who is 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring, it’s going to be difficult for Wazzu to keep pace offensively with Washington.
Thompson and Moore are so good, they’ll likely score at least 40 points combined no matter what the Huskies do. The key for UW is preventing them from exploding for monster games and shutting down the role players.
DeAngelo Casto, who averages 10.0 points, is a high-energy big man who has been in foul trouble in five of the past seven games. The Cougars are 7-2 when he scores in double figures. And senior F Nikola Koprivica has at least two three-pointers in each of the past four games.
When WSU won 74-69 at Arizona, Casto (16 points, nine rebounds) had a big game. When WSU won 67-60 at USC, Koprivica (13 points, 3-for-4 on three-pointers) had a big game.
Washington is re-integrating guard Isaiah Thomas, it’s second-leading scorer, into the starting lineup. He missed Tuesday’s 123-76 victory against Seattle University because of a stomach illness. it will be interesting to see UW’s offensive chemistry will change with Thomas on the court.
Junior guard Venoy Overton had a five-game stretch where he failed to reach double-digit scoring. He seems to have broken out of a slump with an 18-point outing at USC and a career-high 20 on Tuesday while subbing for Thomas.
Washington State can slow the pace and play zone as it did last week against USC when it overcame a 15-point second half deficit. The Cougars, however, prefer an up-tempo game that’s tailor made for the Huskies.

Comments | Topics: Reggie Moore, UCLA

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