Daily Archives: November 17, 2009

Official Un-Official Top-25, Pac-10 Picks: Week Two

  1. Michigan State (-)
  2. Kansas (-)
  3. Texas (-)
  4. Purdue (-)
  5. North Carolina (-)
  6. Kentucky (-)
  7. Duke (-)
  8. Villanova (-)
  9. West Virginia (-)
  10. Ohio State (12)
  11. Washington (-)
  12. Connecticut (10)
  13. Louisville (-)
  14. Georgetown (15)
  15. Tennessee (14)
  16. California (-)
  17. Butler (-)
  18. Illinois (19)
  19. Oklahoma (20)
  20. Georgia Tech (21)
  21. Florida State (22)
  22. Minnesota (23)
  23. Wake Forest (24)
  24. Siena (25)
  25. Clemson (NR)

So very little change from last weeks ballot, which should be expected since it was only the first week of the season. I bumped Ohio State up a bit just because I really liked what I saw over the weekend, Thad Matta looks like he could have that program making a deep run in the tournament for years to come. Meanwhile I wanted to keep Washington where I had them, and I’m a little less enamored with UConn then I was when I originally had them at #10. But with a difference of two spots it really doesn’t matter, just a superficial change. Same goes with the swap of Georgetown and Tennessee; I just like Georgetown more than I do Tennessee now.

The biggest change comes because of Mississippi State falling on their faces in the opener. Without Renardo Sidney and only giving Jarvis Varnado eight shots (when he made all eight) is a sign of bad things to come. Because of that every team moved up one spot.

Pac-10 Picks

Monday: UCLA vs. CS Fullerton, Washington State vs. Eastern Washington, Arizona State vs. Texas State

Tuesday: USC vs. UC Riverside, Arizona State vs. TCU

Wednesday: Stanford vs. Oral Roberts

Thursday: California vs. Syracuse, Washington State vs. IPFW, Arizona vs. Rice

Friday: Washington vs. San Jose State, Arizona State vs. San Francisco, UCLA vs. CS Bakersfield

Saturday: Oregon State vs. Sacramento State, Stanford vs. Florida A&M, USC vs. Loyola Marymount, Oregon vs. Portland

Last Week: 12-3

Season: 12-3

SInce its the the beginning of the year there will not be too many upsets. I almost picked San Diego last week but had a lot of faith in Landry Fields. Turns out I was right on fields, but wrong on the rest of the team.

Then Oregon State has come out of the gates just dreadful with losses to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas Tech. But I decided to give them another pick against Sacramento State.

The only games I picked the Pac-10 to lose this week are Cal against Syracuse and Oregon against Portland. I almost went with Oral Roberts over Stanford, but am again giving the Cardinals the power conference benefit of the doubt.

I think Syracuse can match up with Cal’s shooting and are in New York for the game, although I believe Cal will have a better shot at getting deeper in the tournament later in the year. Then the Oregon against Portland game should be interesting because I think Portland could win the WCC this year. We all know that they Pilots beat us last year, they are entering a situation where they are at home and out to have a statement game to show everyone they are a force to be reckoned with.

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Pondexter POTW, UCLA Loses To Cal State Fullerton, Polls

Lots to get to which has lead to the pileup of news. Tracking Seattle will be up tonight or tomorrow morning with this weeks picks and my top-25.

The first big piece of news this week is that Washington’s own Quincy Pondexter was the first recipient of the Pac-10 player of the week award. If you remember last season it took awhile for the Huskies to bring in their first award, so its nice to see Quincy earn it so early.

The award could have gone to either Pondexter or Isaiah Thomas, but Pondexter did his job on the boards as well by averaging 11 rebounds.

The next piece of news comes from Westwood where UCLA continues their remarkable early season struggles by losing to Cas State Fullerton. The Bruins had struggled in both of their exhibition games, but they were expected to shake it off in time for the season. This is UCLA we are talking about, they don’t have these types of struggles.

But it looks like it could be more of a rebuilding season in Westwood than originally thought.

Finally the Huskies were ranked 14th in both polls, for some reason dropping one spot in the USA Today poll. But at this stage in the season it means nothing.

So just quick updates on those three stories before we get into our weekly schedule.

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