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March 8, 2008 12:46 AM

Saturday's picks

Posted by Bob Condotta

Last day of the year for regular season Pac-10 games and though first and last are settled (as is second, for that matter) lots still to determine in between to make this an intriguing day.

STANFORD AT USC: Whole key here is whether the Cardinal can bounce back after being robbed at UCLA --- in case you missed it, the conference's coordinator of officials said the call that ended the game Thursday probably shouldn't have been made. Could be even harder for Stanford since it has little to play for other than maintaining NCAA tourney seeding, as it is locked into second in the Pac-10. This is a matchup of the two best defensive teams in the conference when considering field goal percentage defense --- Stanford is at 39.4 and USC 40.6 (third is ASU at 43.4, a pretty significant drop). It's also a tough setting for the Cardinal to rebound. USC 65, STANFORD 59.

CAL AT UCLA: Neither team has a lot at stake in terms of the Pac-10 --- UCLA has clinched the conference title and the Bears have clinched either eighth or ninth. But the Bruins are now playing for NCAA tourney seeding and maybe getting a No. 1. And Cal continues to play amidst rumblings about the future of Ben Braun, who could use a big win to keep the wolves at bay for a few days. Who also has a little something to play for is Ryan Anderson, who may be considering leaving early for the NBA. But while he's had a great season, he's also often come up short against the really good teams (he had just 12 against UCLA the first time) which has some wondering if he's really ready for the pros. Overall, however, little reason to call for an upset here. UCLA 77, CAL 63.

ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON STATE: The Beavers go for the worst kind of immortality in this one as they can become the first Pac-10 team to go 0-18 in conference play with a loss. That would also make them, in most eyes, the worst team since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978. OSU interim coach Kevin Mouton said Friday he doesn't think the Beavers deserve that tag. I would agree that this year's Beavers might beat the 82-83 Arizona Wildcats, who went 1-17 in the year before Lute Olson arrived, a team I've always thought was the worst in Pac-10 history. But not so sure about any of the three WSU teams that also went 1-17. The 1990 Cougars lost five Pac-10 games by five points or less, the 2000 Cougs lost three overtime games and another by four points, and the 2002 Cougs did, at least, beat Bob Bender's last UW team and lost by five to UCLA. These Beavers have come within 10 points just twice, and never closer than five, in Pac-10 play. Sure, the Pac-10 may be better this year than any of those years. But OSU's scoring margin of minus-19.9 in Pac-10 play is astounding. Lose today and immortality is theirs. And it's going to happen. ASU 75, OSU 51.

WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE: Sorry, just don't see it for the Huskies. Not on Senior Day and against a group of players that just has their number right now. Maybe next year, when Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver and Robbie Cowgill are gone. I expect the Huskies to put up a good fight, a lot better than last time here. But I just think the Cougars will again make the plays when it counts to put this one away. WSU 65, UW 56.

ARIZONA AT OREGON: The biggest game of the day in terms of its meaning to the two teams involved. Arizona can likely clinch an NCAA tourney bid with a win but lands firmly on the bubble with a loss. Oregon would seem to have no shot at an at-large bid with a loss, but sets itself up for one if it can get the win today and then take a game or two in the Pac-10 tourney. It's also the last home game for a noteable group of Oregon seniors, including Malik Hairston and Maarty Leunen. Playing on the road, however, hasn't really been Arizona's problem, injuries playing a bigger factor. With Nic Wise back, Arizona is at full strength, and with as much on the line as the Ducks, should have enough to get the win. ARIZONA 81, OREGON 73.


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Posted by MattySimone

8:29 AM, Mar 08, 2008

7:49 AM, Mar 08, 2008

The huskies just need to show up and then they got this dub!!! wolf plays cowgill well, brock an artem lock down baynes, our guards need to lock down TR and Q and holiday contain weaver. ALL BETTER talent on udub so just play your game fellas and hit some damn FTs! appleby hitting 4-5 3s will be key also. Good luck to Bennett as he moves on to bigger and better things at Indiana!!! Smack the cougs, GO HUSKIES!!!

Posted by G

8:48 AM, Mar 08, 2008

Dear BOB, please don't forget to factor into the equation that we (UW) just beat CAL on the road and have the opportunity to have back-to-back road wins for the first time in over 3 years. The win @CAL could be some extra confidence for us, i do still see us losing though......

Posted by Geno

9:32 AM, Mar 08, 2008

Couldn't agree with Bob more for a change. The Huskies don't have a fighting chance.

Now....time to get a few errands done and have the afternoon free.

Posted by Geno

9:38 AM, Mar 08, 2008

MattySimone...don't be an ass. The Husky players are far and away inferior to the Cougars. The record speaks for itself you moron. The Huskies caught UofA and UCLA offguard. They didn't beat them - UofA and UCLA beat themselves. Put the Huskies into a MUST WIN game against either and it would be NO CONTEST.

Now, wake up and take off your purple glasses Matty....this is R-E-A-L-I-T-Y.

Posted by Ziasudra

11:02 AM, Mar 08, 2008

Well, Geno, if the record speaks fopr itself, why are you repeating it? As Shakespeare put it, "Me thinks the lady doth protest too much." (not the same context, but I'm sure you are unfamiliar with Will.)
Bob - Can't disagree with your picks, if I were putting money on them, that's what I'd do. But, the UW can pull un upset now and then, and this would be a great time for it.

Posted by Geno

1:07 PM, Mar 08, 2008

It is comforting to know all you DOG fans know your place when it comes to playing a game against the Cougars and KEEPING CLAM.

Keep it up - KEEP CLAM. You know who is your superior.

Posted by Geno

1:12 PM, Mar 08, 2008

Ziasudra....I was not a literary student in college. I was a chem major that went on to law school. I didnít have time for the spineless ShakespeareÖ.sorry. I am a 'facts' and 'is it reality' person. If it doesnít make sense to me it normally isnít true. I donít care if it serves the heart.

Posted by Appleby is a Legend!

1:14 PM, Mar 08, 2008

WSU: 0-6 vs. UCLA, Stanford and Arizona... that's cause for concern

Posted by NC Husky

2:13 PM, Mar 08, 2008


I see this game as a set up game for the Cougs. The Dawgs are playing as well as they have all season and there are contributions from players who were nonexistent the first time they played. The odds say the Dawgs are due for a win over the cats.

My pick is for the dawgs by six with big games from QP, BA, and JW.

Posted by mattysimone

5:27 PM, Mar 08, 2008

....why delete my post and not genos? bias seattle time cougs! Geno reality is your the jack! you have no idea what your talking about, your just trying to use your strong arm lawyer tactic......PLEASE! Ill run circles around you guy! So by saying the u of poor lute beat themselves is either a uneducated comment or another lie by a lawyer. I was at the UofPOORLUTE game and the dub just plain out took them back to the woodshed and punked them. we shot the same percent EXCEPT poorlute .412 from 3 to our .188 They had double the assists as us. So how could that be that we won? oh yeah back to the woodshed!!! straight played D and smothered them into 17 turnovers! Almost made the cry baby bayless shed a tear a few times! so how again was it that they beat themselves? NO FURTHER QUESTIONS COUNSELOR, but you do have a little something on your face haha

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