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February 13, 2010 at 2:24 AM

Pac-10 picks — including UW game

Lots of winners Thursday. But then, we only had four games on the docket. Still I’m happy to say I joined the group that correctly picked every game.
The group includes: captainbarky, S Diddy, huskylenz, danthedawg, Randyfan, ProgressiveDawg, Royal. and dawgiedaddy.
That’s the most winners we’ve had all season.
And we had another first Thursday. GFRfan did it again and won the Guess the UW Score game. Amazing. Lots of folks picked Cal to win, but few came close to predicting the Golden Bears in a high-scoring 93-81 victory. GFrfan had Cal winning 91-77.
Last month, GFRfan was the big winner after UW’s first game Cal. Anyone else think that’s a little odd? Wow. Congrats. And e-mail me privately once again to claim your winnings.
Since I began asking for your picks and keeping tabs, we’ve had eight winners in nine games. At the end of the season, I’ll post a tally of all the winners.
Also would like to congratulate husky87 for winning the Guess the Score game following the UW-USC game. In an oversight, I forgot to mention it the following week. My apologies.
Okay, let’s move on. Same rules as always. Early start so make your picks early.
Washington State at California, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Oregon at Arizona State, 4 p.m. (FS AZ)
Washington at Stanford, 5 p.m. (FSNW)
Oregon State at Arizona, 6 p.m. (KWBA/FCS)
UCLA at USC, 7 p.m. (FSN)
(Game times local to site.)
My picks: Cal, ASU, Arizona and USC.
Pac-10 record: 36-22

The Huskies, 83-75.
Washington’s seven-game road losing streak has to end sometime right? So why not today? The only problem, Stanford has a pretty impressive streak of its own for a different reason. The Cardinal may have a shoddy overall record (11-13), but it’s 5-0 at home in conference games. No other Pac-10 team can make that claim.
Stanford is 10-2 at home this season and 40-7 in its last 47 home games dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season.
It’s conceivable Washington’s postseason life hangs in the balance of today’s game. Another road loss and the Huskies would likely have to win the Pac-10 tournament to get a spot in the NCAA tournament.
That should be enough incentive for UW, which can ill afford another slow start that would allow the Maples Pavilion fans to remain in the game and pump life into a Stanford team that loss by 33 points (94-61) to the Huskies last month at Edmundson Pavilion.
UW’s game plan – slowing down either Landry Fields or Jeremy Green – seems simple, but it won’t be easy. Every team tries to slow them down and yet they’re first and third respectively in the conference in Pac-10 scoring.
Stanford plays a seven-man rotation and its bench is razor thin. The Cardinal has received less than eight total points from reserves in seven games. Fields or Green has led Stanford in scoring in every game and another player has reached double figures in just 14 games.
This seems like a big game for UW’s defensive stars Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday. Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who returns to the starting lineup, should have his way with sophomore Jack Trotter.
Quincy Pondexter destroyed the Cardinal in their last meeting scoring 27 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Still he averages just 16.1 points in road games, six fewer than his average. It’s been well documented how UW struggles in away games, but all signs point to the Huskies finally breaking through and capturing that elusive road win.
Still, this isn’t the first time they’ve been in this position and the results have been less than spectacular.

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