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November 18, 2010 at 6:26 AM

Worst night of the season for the Pac-10

What happens in November matters in March. Don’t believe me, then read what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who is the chair of the NCAA tournament selection committee said to ESPN’s Andy Katz.
“Playing these games, and going on the road particularly for nonconference games, means a lot,” he said. “Even if you don’t win, it can still mean a lot. We’re going to always look at the whole body of work. But the balance of scheduling throughout the year and the nonconference season is critical.”
After rattling off 16 wins in its first 17 games against mostly inferior opponents, the Pac-10 took it on the chin last night.
— Seattle University claimed a gritty 83-80 victory at KeyArena against Oregon State. The Beavers, in my opinion, are going to struggle this season if this game as any indication of where they’re at in the third year under coach Craig Robinson. They’ve got some talented players – Jared Cunningham, Lathen Wallace and Joe Burton – but during the critical moments of the game, they didn’t have a leader on the court. OSU (1-1) also couldn’t handle the press or rebound, which is not a good combination.
Not sure if you can call this game an upset considering Seattle U. hammered OSU by 51 points last year, but the Redhawks were 0-3 before Wednesday and had lost each game by double digits.
— USC losing at home 77-57 to Rider may have been even more disappointing for Pac-10 fans. The Trojans’ lack of depth is starting to become an issue. They play eight games in 17 days and some starters, including Maurice Jones, has played almost every minute of the first three games. Washington fans should note Rider used a zone to negate USC’s big front line. The Trojans fell to 2-1.
— According to RealTimeRPI.com, the Pac-10 ranks seventh nationally and its strength of schedule is 16. Don’t read too much into the ratings and rankings after a week’s worth of basketball because the lower-echelon teams have played the top-tier teams. It will begin to balance out over the next few weeks when the major non-conference tournaments pits the top teams against each other.
— Husky fans can get an early scouting report on Washington’s next opponent when Virgina plays Stanford 7:30 p.m. tonight in a game televised by FSN. The Cavaliers (2-0) are making a stop in the Bay Area before traveling to Maui and facing the Huskies (2-0) Monday in the Maui Invitational.
Tonight’s Pac-10 games (all times are local to site).
New Mexico State at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
Virginia at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
My picks: Arizona and Virginia
Record: 13-4.

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