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Pac Ten Thursday

Posted by davefowkes on 02/05/2009

It seems like I say it every Thursday when the Pac Ten schedule pops up, here is another huge weekend of games. When you have a conference that is clearly down compared to past years, every weekend seems to be huge. Especially for teams that look fabulous one week, and then lay the egg the next week:

Washington at Cal: Huge match up here for Cal! Are the Bears a good team or a bad team? They started off so hot and when they played Washington in Seattle they won in triple overtime. But since those opening couple of weeks, Cal has not dropped four of their last five, and that only win was against a very bad Duck team. The Huskies meanwhile are clearly the surprise of the Pac Ten this year and need a win to keep pace withUCLA. Sweeping the Arizona teams on the road last week was huge. This game should be a good one that goes down to the wire – but probably not to triple overtime. The key for Cal, play better defense and cut down turnovers. With their backs to the wall and playing at home, I think Cal gets the much needed win!  CAL: 78-73

This is truly a what could have been season for Stanford. Three road losses by 1 point. The could be atop the standings in the Pac Ten, instead they are in 9thplace and coming off a 34 point loss at UCLA. With WSU coming into town this is gut check time for Stanford. Win at home, pull some upsets on the road and maybe they can salvage the season. But if they are beat and demoralized, they will live in 9th place the rest of the way. WSU plays great D, so Stanford must play better defense than they have in weeks to try and keep up. STANFORD: 65-60.

The other two games tonight:

Oregon state has been a huge story this year in the Pac Ten and even nationally. Unfortunately I fear their win streak may come to an end tonight – although i will be routing for them!  ARIZONA 68-61.

Oregon is just a bad team. ASU has got to be embarrassed after getting swept at home. If ASU is for real as some of us believed two weeks ago, they win this easily by double digits even on the road.  ASU 74-59.

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