This is the first in what may be a series of critical games for Louisville in terms of making the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals
In the muddled Pac-10, these are two of the top teams. Right? Hard to tell what is what on the Left Coast this year, but Cal remains the favorite in most corners, and Oregon is still a talented team that should win its share of games. But why have the Ducks lost three straight -- all at home?
This one is a bit of a reach, but technically it is for first place in the West Coast Conference. In reality, St. Mary's and Gonzaga are the league's top two teams, with Portland checking in as a solid third, but the Waves have cobbled together a 3-0 league record by beating three of the weaker teams in the league. That unbeaten run may have Pepperdine feeling like it is carrying some momentum into Spokane, but that momentum shouldn't last much past the opening tip. The Zags have won six straight since a sobering 35-point loss to Duke and have already piled up three road wins in the league. The WCC home opener for