Sunday, January 29, 2006

Four Corners

Every Monday-Thursday (and occasional weekend games) renowned college basketball expert, Money will be handicapping the games for you. Picks and thoughts will be posted prior to tip-off, typically by 3:30 pm pst.

Being on the west coast, and a graduate of CAL, I spend a lot of time following the PAC 10. It is time to get a new hobby? I think I am going to start collecting stamps. The PAC 10 is an incredibly frustrating conference to watch this year. Usually there are some great teams to watch and outstanding players to follow. While, there is still some outstanding individual talent, Hassan Adams of Arizona and Brandon Roy of Washington, to name a few, the team play is just not there. The view from the top changes from week to week. At one point, Cal was leading the division. Most followers of the league knew this would not last. Arizona was once the team to beat, but has since fallen off the map (dramatically). UCLA has been riddled with injures and remains competitive. Washington has been up and down. Where does this leave us? Confused? Not really. This league is not very good. So don’t expect much more than one team to advance to the sweet 16, most likely UCLA, if they can get healthy.

Money’s trip to the Bank: (Money’s Cash cow to date – 10 wins 6 losses)
WEST VIRGINIA at St. John’s -2.5 (winner). One of the best offenses against one of the best defenses. I pick the offense.
Georgia Tech at BOSTON COLLEGE -13 (loser). I have ripped on the Eagles all year, but they seem to have righted the ship, perhaps, just in time.
WASHINGTON at Stanford -2 (loser). This pick could burn me, but I don’t see Washington losing to both bay area teams.


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