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    No. 5 UCLA at No. 19 Arizona

    The huge variable in the game is whether or not Darren Collison is 100 percent for the Bruins. Without him, the Bruins were unable to beat a then-unranked West Virginia team. Then again, UCLA has already beaten the Cats without a starter once this season, when forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute sat out the Jan. 20 match-up. I’m still going to roll with the Bruins in a close one.

    UCLA 75, Arizona 71

    Justin Adler, staff writer

    After being upset last weekend in Morgantown, W.Va., the Bruins are going to be anxious to get back on the right track with a big conference win in McKale. However, the Wildcats are not to be underestimated this time around as they have been dangerous since coming off the 2-6 run they had two weeks ago, averaging 77.6 points per game.

    Arizona 74, UCLA 72

    Bobby Stover, staff writer

    That losing streak was probably the best thing that could have happened to the Wildcats this year. It put the rest of the season in perspective, and now the team is poised to make a run at the right time – oh wait, that’s right. After last night’s loss to USC, it’s evident this team has more ups and downs than a roller coaster.

    UCLA 82, Arizona 64

    Bobby Stover, staff writer

    Washington at No. 7 Pittsburgh

    Unless UW can force a lot of turnovers, like Louisville did in its Feb. 12 upset at Pittsburgh, the Huskies’ odds are not good. Like seeing-Tim-Hardaway-on-an-episode-of-“”Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”” kind of odds. This should be an easy win for the Big-East-leading Panthers.

    Pitt 79, Washington 65

    Justin Adler, staff writer

    Washington has not played well against ranked opponents all year, and this trend will not change when they travel to Peterson Events Center Saturday and try to upset the No. 7 team in the country. Pittsburgh is coming off a tough loss to Louisville, one in which their outside shooting, their weapon of choice all year, was neutralized. Don’t expect Washington to be able to contain the Panthers on their home court. Pittsburgh won’t drop in the rankings after this one.

    Pitt 77, Washington 68

    Bobby Stover, staff writer

    I’d be surprised to see the Huskies come within 15 points of the Panthers. Beside the fact that West Coast teams seem to have incredible difficulty going back East, Pitt is for real this year. In the end, it might even be the best team in the country at 22-4, although I’m not exactly sure what happened Monday night against Louisville. Nevertheless, Washington is vastly overrated and has proven that preseason rankings mean nothing in the Pac-10 anymore.

    Pitt 65, Washington 48

    Bobby Stover, staff writer

    Arizona Baseball at No. 12 Cal State Fullerton

    I’ll be the pessimist and predict Arizona’s eight-game winning streak to take a hit with losses today and tomorrow. The Cats won’t be swept out of Fullerton and I believe they will take some pride back to Tucson with a strong win Sunday.

    Fullerton 2 games, Arizona 1

    Justin Adler, staff writer

    If there was ever a time for the Wildcats to go into Goodwin Field and steal a series, this is it. The Wildcats are riding an eight-game winning streak and are doing it with a combination of bats and defense. The Titans have not been sharp early in the year, as Fullerton pitchers had two balks last week against University of Nevada, Las Vegas, one of which brought home the winning run. Arizona will take advantage of these mistakes and continue its strong defense.

    Arizona 2 games, Fullerton 1

    Bobby Stover, staff writer

    Perhaps the real question should be: Who would win if the two teams went all-alumni this weekend? The Titans would feature the likes of Mark Kotsay, Phil Nevin, Jeremy Giambi and Aaron Rowand, and pitching would be done by Kirk Saarloos and Chad Cordero. Arizona would send Scott Erickson to the hill, Kenny Lofton would tally five stolen bases and J.T. Snow would hit three home runs off the left-field foul pole. Jerry Kindall would then send his shortstop Trevor Hoffman out to close the game, only to discover he didn’t learn how to pitch until after college.

    Fullerton 2 games, Arizona 1

    Bobby Stover, staff writer

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