The bright lights
of the Staples Center will be shining in Tinseltown on Wednesday, as the Pac-10
Tournament gets underway with two teams unlikely to figure in the later in this
Tipoff for this matchup is at
approximately 11:30 ET, and the winner of this one will be taking on the UCLA
Bruins on Thursday night in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals.
Confidence Building for Arizona State
Okay, so there
hasn't been a heck of a lot for the Arizona Sun Devils to really be proud of this
season. We're the first to admit that. However, of the team's four wins in
Pac-10 play this season, two came against the Oregon schools at home in the
last week of the season. There was also a victory against the Washington State
Cougars back on February 19 to give ASU three wins in its last five games
Like we said,
we're not throwing a ticker tape parade for the Sun Devils right now, but at
least it's a little something for Trent Lockett and Ty Abbott to build off of.
These two are the keys in this tournament for the ASU offense, as they are
averaging 13.1 PPG and 12.8 PPG respectively. Abbott right now is particularly
dangerous, for he scored 22 points against both the Ducks and the Oregon State
Beavers last week to close out the regular season on a strong, strong note.
Up and Down Catron Needs Big Game
There aren't many
players on this Oregon team that really make us cock an eyebrow with intrigue,
but Joevan Catron is one of them. There is no doubt that this young man has
some major talent -- after all, he did score 28 points against the Arizona
Wildcats and their big man, Derrick Williams to end the regular season.
However, he also had six games this Pac-10 season, three of which have come
since February 12 in which he only scored in single digits.
For a team that
only has three double digits scorers, only one of which is over 10.7 PPG,
Catron really needs to come to the table in a big way. He's averaging 15.3 PPG
on the season, and though both EJ Singler and Jay Strowbridge have some
potential, neither one is probably going to be asked to carry this team like
Stacking Up the Pac-10 Tournament Odds
Needless to say,
we're really not that excited about this 7/10 battle, and we're fairly certain
that whichever team gets through this one is only going to be here in LA for
one more game. Oregon might be the team that is closer to the NIT or another
postseason tournament, but Arizona State is definitely the hotter team right
now, and it certainly has the better record in this series.
The Quack Attack
finished up the regular season with four straight losses, but they have six
straight setbacks against the Sun Devils. Since January 2007, ASU is 7-3 SU and
8-1-1 ATS in 10 games against the U of O. We just have to stick with that trend
since there isn't a heck of a lot else for us to work with in this game between
Pac-10 cellar dwellers.