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February 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Pac-12 picks and Saturday morning links

It’s a Washington-free Saturday of Pac-12 games.
The Huskies are hoping to bounce back from Thursday’s 82-57 loss at Oregon and remember last year’s three-game losing streak, which led to an unfavorable seed in the NCAA tournament.
Assistant coach Jim Shaw told KJR-AM he was disappointed by Washington’s “inability to get off the deck.” He also thinks UW “will shake off the cobwebs.”
Meanwhile it sounds as if Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is a bit frustrated with his team. The Beavers are as talented as anyone in the Pac-12, but they’re tied for eighth place in the conference and in danger of not making it to the postseason.
“We have had a void on a leadership standpoint all year long,” Robinson told the Oregonian. “When I say void, I am talking about the vocal leader. We have several guys who lead by example, but sometimes you need a guy at practice or in games to just call everyone together and be me when I am not able to do it.
“We have struggled with that all year long, but that is what happens when you have a young team. We have one senior who is a walk-on and doesn’t play that much. It is just a tough thing that we have to evolve into.”
Utah (5-18, 2-9) at Arizona (16-8, 7-4), 11 a.m.
California (18-6, 8-3) at UCLA (13-10, 6-5), 1 p.m.
Washington St (12-11, 4-7) at Oregon (16-7, 7-4), 3 p.m.
Colorado (16-7, 8-3) at Arizona State (7-16, 3-8), 3:30 p.m.
Times PST
Picks: Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado
Here’s some more links to get your day started.

— Former Washington star Isaiah Thomas talked to KJR AM about the possibility Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. leave for the NBA and the chances of the Sacramento Kings moving to Seattle.
— Arizona is a game behind California and Washington, but the Wildcats may be the favorite to win the Pac-12 regular-season title.
— Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Arizona Daily Star: “I’ve never been a puker. I wish I could sometimes.”
— California hopes to complete a regular-season sweep of the Los Angeles schools for the first time since 1958-59, when coaching icon Pete Newell led them to the NCAA title.
— A loss would likely drop UCLA from serious contention for the Pac-12 title.
— Oregon forward E.J. Singler told the Register-Guard: “We need to stop Brock Motum. He’s been playing really well lately and he’s been scoring the ball well.”
— Washington State is hoping for another boost off the bench from D.J. Shelton who had a career-high 14 points and nine rebounds Thursday.
Colorado’s fortunes are tied to senior guard Carlon Brown.
— Arizona State needs Jordan Bachynski to continue to “play like an animal.” The sophomore center has averaged 11 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots over his past six games.

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