WSU 21-6 (9-6), 3rd Pac-10
Cal 15-10 (6-8), 7th Pac-10
Line: Washington State (-2)
Last meeting: California 69, Washington State 64
Why Cal might win: Ryan Anderson shot 9 for 13 from the field in Cal’s previous win against Wazzu, including 5 of 7 from three-point range.
Why WSU might win: California is 2-5 at home in conference play.
Cougar X-factor: Caleb Forrest. Daven Harmeling is questionable for the game tonight (sprained ankle), which will likely increase the junior forward’s playing time. Forrest was impressive against Arizona last Saturday, scoring 8 points on 2 of 3 shooting in 20 minutes of play.
Prediction: Washington State 64, California 59
Tonight’s rooting interests:
USC at Arizona – The cougs hold the tiebreaker (if necessary) with the fourth-place trojans, and it’s hard to root for Kevin O’Neill after his postgame comments on Saturday.
Washington at (8) Stanford – The Cardinal can put another nail in the coffin of the huskies’ postseason hopes. However, the cougs still have an outside shot at second place if Stanford loses. Tie goes against the huskies.
(4) UCLA at Arizona State – It would help the entire conference if the Bruins can snatch a #1 seed. ASU can solidify the cougs’ tourney hopes by falling off the bubble.