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January 20, 2007|PETER YOON; JERRY CROWE



Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (8-8, 1-3) at UC Santa Barbara (11-5, 3-1), 7 p.m. -- Santa Barbara has lost two of its last three games and is 3-3 after an 8-2 start. The Gauchos were upset at home by UC Davis in a nonconference game a week ago but haven't played a conference game since Jan. 6 and remain tied with Long Beach State for first place. Davis shot 52.1%, only the third Gauchos opponent to surpass 50%, but the second in three games. Cal Poly has won consecutive games, both nonconference.

Cal State Fullerton (13-4, 4-2) at UC Irvine (9-10, 3-2), 7, FSN Prime Ticket -- Fullerton leads the Big West in scoring, averaging 86.5 points a game. Irvine leads in defense, giving up 63.3. The Anteaters have won five of their last seven games, a stretch in which they've given up only 54.1. Bobby Brown leads Fullerton with a 21.2 scoring average, but the Titans have lost 10 of their last 13 against Irvine.

UC Riverside (3-16, 0-6) at Long Beach State (12-5, 3-1), 7 -- The 49ers are coming off a victory over Fullerton that allowed them to remain tied for first place in the conference. Long Beach is making 44.8% of three-pointers in conference games, including 11 of 21 Thursday against Fullerton.


Pepperdine (4-16, 0-4) at Loyola Marymount (8-12, 0-4), 7:30, CSTV -- Pepperdine has lost six in a row, but a 17-point loss to Gonzaga is the only one by more than five points. The Lions have dropped seven consecutive games dating to Dec. 22 and are winless since leading scorer Brandon Worthy was lost for the season because of a knee injury.




UCLA (9-11, 3-5) at Arizona (7-13, 1-7), FSN Prime, 11 a.m. PST -- UCLA has lost four of its last five after Thursday's 92-52 drubbing at 10th-ranked Arizona State, the Bruins' worst loss in nearly five years. But the Bruins will get little sympathy from Arizona, which has dropped nine of 10 after squandering an 11-point second-half lead in Thursday night's 77-68 loss to USC.


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