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March 2, 2008 10:18 AM

Sunday links and picks

Posted by Bob Condotta

Back from Berkeley to a sunny morning in Seattle --- and the Huskies in seventh place in the Pac-10 standings, which would mean a first-round meeting with Oregon State in the conference tournament in two weeks if it holds.

And remember, in terms of seeding for the tournament, the Huskies currently hold the tiebreaker on Oregon due to their win over UCLA.

On to the links:

--- Our story today focused on the breakout game by center Joe Wolfinger.

--- The notebook led with an item on Spencer Hawes taking in the game and saying that he has no second thoughts about leaving early. In a couple of quotes from Hawes that didn't make the story, he said "it was definitely the best business decision but a lot of it was also about the dream of playing in the NBA. Since I was a little kid it was what I wanted to do.'' Hawes also said that "I don't see a lot of people who (think about leaving) and go back and benefit. You get nitpicked so much (by NBA scouts) that they try to cater to the NBA instead of doing what is best for you.''

--- The San Jose Mercury News says Cal faltered despite some good moments from its seniors.

--- The San Francisco Chronicle details the play late in the game where Cal could have tied it.

--- More from the Cal view.

TODAY'S PICKS

UCLA AT ARIZONA: Not quite the first-place showdown anticipated when this was set for a Sunday national TV game. This game depends mostly on which Arizona team shows up --- the one that won at WSU last week or the one that disappeared at home against USC Thursday to again fall on the brink of NCAA bubbledom. It all caused Arizona interim coach Kevin O'Neill to say Saturday that this "has been the toughest year of my coaching career.'' UCLA has won six straight against Arizona, and while you'd expect the Wildcats to give a good effort, the Bruins are just too balanced and seem to raise their game in these types of settings. UCLA 78, ARIZONA 71.

OREGON AT OREGON STATE: It's tempting to pick the Beavers, who are the first Pac-10 team ever to lose their first 15 conference games, obviously threatening to also become the first conference team to go 0-18. But the Ducks are also feeling the heat today, needing a win to keep hope alive of an NCAA bid. There are also increasing questions about the future of coach Ernie Kent, though this story in today's Oregonian includes a quote from Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny that essentially says Kent will be back next season. Beavers will play though, buoyed by what would figure to be one of its more raucous crowds of the year. But Oregon just has too much talent --- and too much at stake. OREGON 81, OSU 72.

SEASON RECORD: 60-19.

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Posted by AC

12:28 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Why no mention of Dentmon? Both last week and this week, plays late in the game, where he took and made tough shots, were key in keeping the lead and momentum on the Husky's side. This guy has been discounted over the last two years, but he really has played a key role in the second half of the season and overlooked by the media. --AC

Posted by Ziasudra

1:13 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Last year, Dentmon was pretty bed - this year he has picked up his game, possibly due to the challenge for playing time from VO.
Yesterday he turned in another good contribution.

Posted by ace

2:05 PM, Mar 02, 2008

i agree. dentmon has definitely stepped his game up in the last 8 games. Averaging 13 a game during that time. His 20 point game against UCLA woke him up a bit.

Posted by Joe

4:27 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Hey Bob in the event of a four way tie for 5th place, with all four teams being 8-10, would we end up being 5th since we have split our games with Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon and have the win over UCLA? It's a crazy scenario but I looked over the final schedules and if Oregon State somehow manages to beat Oregon and Arizona State and Oregon beats Arizona and Arizona State, everyone would end up 8-10. It seems more likely that we will end up 7th tied with Oregon or 8th, but crazy stuff does happen a lot in the Pac-10.

Posted by Tone

4:54 PM, Mar 02, 2008

I respect that Hawes was a Husky last year but this ex-Dawg grad would rather hear about this year's team, incoming recruits, etc. In my opinion, Hawes did absolutely nothing for this program except create a major distraction last year and erode away the team chemistry. We are finally getting a glimpse again at the light at the end of the tunnel and I, at least, would prefer to hear nothing about Hawes. Let him collect his minutes on the pine at Sacramento - a team that is far from the elite in the NBA and where he is far from a being a major contributor.

On another note, the Dawgs might not make it into the tourney but U of A sure doesn't deserve to make it this year either. I think the top 4 Pac 10 teams only...nobody else deserves it.

Posted by Bob Condotta

5:14 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Joe --- As far as I can tell, you're right about that scenario. First tiebreaker is head-to-head and then it's wins over other teams starting from the top down. None of those others have beaten UCLA. Wildcard there is Stanford beating UCLA this week and taking over top spot. Oregon beat Stanford, so that would help the Ducks.

Posted by Coug4Life

6:55 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Joe:

I hate to burst your little bubble, but there is no way UW goes into Beasley and beats the Cougs on senior night. Sorry.

Posted by Coug4Life

6:56 PM, Mar 02, 2008

And Meatball:

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Posted by Joe

8:20 PM, Mar 02, 2008

Thank you for the answer Bob.

Coug4Life, I'm not predicting game results just asking if the scenario is possible. Romar said in an interview that we could still finish as high as 6th and I thought he was nuts until I checked the standings and schedules.

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