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March 1, 2008 10:10 AM

Saturday links, picks

Posted by Bob Condotta

We'll try to throw it all in one big post here:

--- First is my preview story today that takes a look at UW's post-season chances, which most realistically might focus most on the new CBI. I talked with Rick Giles, the president of the group organizing the CBI, and he talked highly of the chances of a team like UW. The tournament isn't being designed as a way to necessarily reward teams with great won-loss records, but to put together as entertaining an interesting a tournament as possible of the teams that are left. So I guess the sense it will consist largely of big-name schools like UW that had a few good wins along the way, but not enough to get in the other tournaments.

--- It's Cal's last home game here today and one columnist wonders if it also might be the last home game for coach Ben Braun. As the story details, Braun has three years left on his contract, but is also now looking at possibly his fourth year out of five without an NCAA tourney bid, and maybe no post-season at all.

--- The San Francisco Chronicle looks at the last game for seniors DeVon Hardin and Eric Vierneisel.

--- Here's another story on Hardin, who turned away thoughts of the NBA for a final season at Cal, a decision that hasn't turned out like he'd hoped.

--- Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News takes Cal today (and he's admittedly a lot braver than I am to attempt to pick all these games against the spread. Maybe next year).

THE PICKS. ...

Speaking of which, here are my picks today:

WASHINGTON AT CAL: The Bears are 2-6 at home in Pac-10 play while the Huskies are a better road team this year than they were last season. Thursday's game indicated UW hasn't packed it in (but that Cal may have), though Husky fans have sadly seen it happen all too often this season that Washington plays well one game and like, uh, heck, the next. Still, we'll jump on the limb and assume they can put two in a row together and beat a Cal team that will be hampered by a less-than-100-percent Patrick Christopher. Also, UW coach Lorenzo Romar promises some different strategies on Ryan Anderson. The Huskies had some success with a different way of defending Brook Lopez the other night, so maybe they'll have some better luck today with Anderson, as well. WASHINGTON 73, CAL 67.

WASHINGTON STATE AT STANFORD: Cougs played one of their best games on Thursday while the Cardinal struggled more than expected against the Huskies. But maybe that was the wakeup call the Cardinal needs to get up for this one, a game Stanford has to win to set up having a chance to move into at least a tie for first place at UCLA Thursday. WSU's defense has been much better of late, but key may be on the other end. Stanford is best in the conference defending the three (32 percent in Pac-10 play) while WSU is second in hitting threes (39.6 percent). Winner of that battle wins this game. STANFORD 67, WSU 61.

USC AT ARIZONA STATE; This looks like a must-win for ASU, which is 7-8 in Pac-10 play and will finish next week on the road at the Oregon schools. USC has won three in a row and coming off a surprisingly easy win at Arizona. This one figures to be closer, but guess here is that the talented Trojans, with Daniel Hackett back in the fold, are hitting their stride and will be too much for ASU today. USC 65, ASU 59.

SEASON RECORD: 58-18.

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Posted by huskydoodle

1:31 PM, Mar 01, 2008

It's too bad. But it doesn't really matter if the Huskies somehow sneak into the NIT or not. The way they are playing, they won't survive the first round. There are a lot of young players on the team, and the ones who aren't young are playing that way. They'll have a long off-season to think about what went wrong this year, and either they'll let it get into their head, or they'll figure out a way to play as a tight-knit, organized, gutty squad next year.

Posted by Ghetto_dawg

2:39 PM, Mar 01, 2008

I agree that it doesn't matter anymore. But I'd like to see the Huskies go to any post season tournament just so that I can see them play. Of course I'll probably never catch any of the early NIT or CBI games because they won't be broadcasted.

Posted by sylvrDAWG

2:46 PM, Mar 01, 2008

gutsy call on the DAWGS, I like you want them to win, but they have not played cal well and if they shoot and defend poorly, cal will run to an early lead and the DAWGS will scrap from behind the entire game, from which they do not always play successfully.
Hope you are right?
GO DAWGS!

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