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Pac-12 Men's Weekend Preview

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Friday Schedule

#16 Southern Cal at Arizona - Arizona has had a seemingly cursed season with several close losses. They won't have to worry about that this weekend as USC should win this match fairly easily. Prediction: USC 4-0

#31 Cal at #4 Stanford - Stanford won the first meeting between these two rivals back in February 4-1. Cal has improved since the last meeting and Stanford's elite aura has been somewhat diminished since February. The Bears will give the Cardinal a closer match this time around. Prediction: Stanford 4-3

Washington at #35 Utah - Utah needs to defend the home court against unranked Washington to keep its march toward the NCAA tournament on the correct route. Washington is desperate for wins to keep its slim tournament hopes alive. This will be a tight match and so far this season, Utah has been clutch in the tight moments while Washington has succumbed in most of the close matches. I expect Utah to get the job done in the end. Prediction: Utah 4-2

#2 UCLA at #33 Arizona State - UCLA has hit its stride and is looking like a legitimate national contender. Arizona State has proved this season that winning in Tempe is not easy and they will certainly have a big crowd on hand to support their Sun Devils. Prediction: UCLA 4-2

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Saturday

#41 Oregon at #35 Utah - Important NCAA bubble match. Oregon needs the win more than Utah does but Utah would love to practically cement its spot with a win over a ranked team at home. The two teams matchup very evenly, with no clear cut favorite at each line, even though Laurent at #1 is the most solid favorite for Oregon though that is not a sure win either. I think Oregon will come out and get the doubles point and ride the momentum to a win despite the Utah resistance. Prediction: Oregon 4-2

 

Sunday

#2 UCLA at ArizonaPrediction: UCLA 4-0

#16 Southern Cal at #33 Arizona State - Of the 2 big home matches for ASU this weekend, this is the one that the Sun Devils really could win and I actually expect them to. With a nice home crowd and a good team effort I believe they can topple the Trojans. Prediction: Arizona State 4-3

 

Personal Note

I will be attending both Utah home matches this weekend, on Friday vs Washington at 4pm (mountain time) and vs Oregon on Saturday at noon. This will be my 1st visit to the George S. Eccles Tennis Center and I am excited to check it out with two good Pac 12 matches. The weather looks like it will force the matches indoor. You can follow my updates on the matches by following my twitter @j_j_j_t_m . I will provide score updates, videos of big points, observations etc. 

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