Friday, February 22, 2013

The Mast Spring Sports Pick 'em: Feb. 22

By Nathan Shoup, Sports Editor

    Swing and a miss. The entire Mast Spring Sports pick ‘em league said the men’s basketball team would down Lewis and Clark in the season final Saturday. The entire league was wrong – PLU fell to the Pioneers 55-50.

    So count last week as a bye week for the entire field. Everyone is tied for first place. Everyone is tied for last place. That will change this week however.

    On Saturday, the Stanford Cardinal (15-11, 6-7) travel to Eugene to play the No. 23 and Pac-12 leading Oregon Ducks (21-5, 10-3).

    Five members of the league picked Oregon, leaving Hegge, Tacuyan and DenAdel with Oregon.

    It is no secret there are a large number of Duck fans on campus, so this game is relevant, and meaningful in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon owns a one-game lead for first place over Arizona and UCLA.

    Oregon has won six more games than Stanford and judging the overall records and national rankings, Oregon is the smart pick – right? Not so fast.

    After jumping to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll on Jan. 28, the Ducks dropped three in a row. It is only fitting that Stanford was the team to start Oregon’s three-game skid – by 24 points.

    Tipoff is at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Someone is guaranteed to get it right this week.