Arizona-Washington State: Jordan Picks Feb. 26/09 NCAA Hoops Against the Spread

ryan johCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2009

Arizona (18-9) at Washington State (14-13)

Game Time: 9:00 PM ET

Game Line: Arizona + 2

The Arizona Wildcats head to Wazzu country to take on the Washington State Cougars in what should be an entertaining game to watch.

Arizona has been all over the map this year. They started off looking like one of the weaker teams in the conference, which was difficult to understand with all the talent the team possesses.

Arizona started off 2-5 in conference play. Since that mark they are now 8-6. Arizona went on a seven-game winning streak in conference play that was snapped in their last game, where Arizona State beat them by one point.

Arizona played very well versus Arizona State. They were down by 14 points in the second half and made a run to take the lead at one point with nearly two minutes left in the game.

To start their winning streak, the Wildcats were down by 10 points with one minute left versus Houston. They came back and won the game in overtime.

Arizona is the type of team that can score 12 points in 30 seconds. They are freakishly athletic. G Chase Budinger appears to be jumping out of the gym on most nights. C Jordan Hill blocks everything that’s weak inside. PG Nic Wise is always the quickest player on the court, no matter who the Wildcats play.

This Arizona team is loaded, and good enough to play in the NCAA tournament.

Washington State is 6-9 in conference play and coming off an impressive win at UCLA, a game where no one gave them a chance to win.

Taylor Rochestie had 33 points in the victory. Rochestie is from Santa Barbara, CA, and his father purchased 30 seats at Pauley Pavilion for the UCLA game. Rochestie and C Aron Baynes have their parents traveling with the team for the end of their senior season.

They are both playing like it’s the last games they will ever play, and the Cougars suddenly appear to be an inspired team on a mission. The only way they could make the NCAA tournament is if they win the Pac-10 conference tournament. My hunch is, they find a way to get it done.

the pick: Washington State - 2