Pac Ten Tournament Gambling – UW vs Arizona Free College Basketball Pick
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Date/Time: Saturday, March 12, 6:00 PM ET
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
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The Pac-10 Tournament Final will be held Saturday evening at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, as the top seeded Arizona Wildcats take on the third seeded defending Pac-10 Champion Washington Huskies.
The Huskies beat Cal by four points to take home the trophy in last year’s Pac -10 Championship game, while the Wildcats will look to hoist the hardware for the first time since 2002.
Arizona has been rolling and Wildcats forward and leading regular season scorer in the Pac-10 Conference, Derrick Williams did it again, scoring 20 points as No. 16 Arizona held off Southern California 67-62 Friday night to earn a spot in the Pac-10 tournament title game for the first time since 2005.
Williams shot 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-for-6 from the charity stripe, as Arizona shot nearly 69 percent from the line. Jesse Perry added 11 points for Arizona, who are back in the NCAA tournament no matter the outcome on Saturday after their 25-year streak ended last year when the Wildcats were stuck in Tucson in March.
As for the Huskies, they advanced to the Pac-10 tournament title game after thumping the Ducks 69-51 on Friday night. C.J Wilcox scored 14 points, while freshman Terrence Ross had 13 in his second career start. First-team All-Pac-10 player Isaiah Thomas had 10 points and 12 assists, but went just 2-for-11 from the field. Washington led for nearly the final 30 minutes of play and finished the game off with a 14-4 run.
These two teams split their two meetings during the regular season, each winning on their home court. In the first game in January, the Huskies’ Thomas scored 22 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds, as then No. 20 Washington took sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with an 85-68 blowout at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Wildcats were outscored 20-9 during the final six minutes of play.
The second game was played at the The McKale Memorial Center, in February, and was a much closer contest as the Wildcats edged out an 87-86 thriller over their Pac -10 rivals. It was no surprise Williams’ was the difference, draining a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes, then followed by swatting Darnell Grant’s shot into the stands, then topped it off by stealing the inbound pass to preserve the ‘Cats one-point lead. Williams finished the contest with a double double of a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds.
The Huskies will bring their balanced offense and a tough zone defense into Saturday’s contest to try and slow down Williams. Meanwhile, the Wildcats who dispatched Oregon State 78-69 on Thursday, struggled early and then let the Beavers hang around after building a 17-point lead with about eight minutes to play. Something they cannot afford to do against Washington.
Matt’s Free Prediction: Washington
While Williams and the Wildcats may just be getting hot, their second half fade against Oregon State was not convincing. On the other hand, Thomas and the Huskies will not only be looking to repeat as Champs, but also using the win to convince the NCAA Tournament Committee to book them a ticket to next week’s Big Dance.
Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian, the Oregonian, the Springfield Republican, the Sacramento Bee, and the San Diego Union Tribune. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.