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February 4, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Pac-10 picks — including UW game

Very tight race in the Guess the Score contest. But let’s start with the picks. Only one person picked all five games correctly.
Congratulations huskyonspeed. It’s the first time we’ve had a winner on the picks in three outings. No prize other than bragging rights.
The big winner last Saturday was NC Husky who predicted Washington would beat Washington State 88-64. The final score was 92-64.
Really tight contest. The runner-up was eight points off the score and two third-place finishers were 10 off the score.
I know you’re out of state NC Husky, but e-mail me privately if you want to donate your winnings.
Good job guys. Let’s move on.
Arizona State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
California at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Stanford at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
My picks: ASU, Cal and UCLA.
Pac-10 record: 26-19.

The Huskies, 79-68.
Does an 11-point win constitute a blowout? Not necessarily, but I predict Washington will run its home-game win streak to five games – with all wins by double-digit margins.
Arizona is a well-balanced team with four players averaging at least 10 points, but the Wildcats are relying on five freshmen and two sophomores to keep their composure and play well at Edmundson Pavilion where the Huskies are 14-1.
Coach Sean Miller surely preached all week and implored his team to forget the 17-point whupping they put on the Huskies in Arizona last month, but that’s difficult for a young team. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Wildcats weren’t a tad overconfident going into the game.
Expect Quincy Pondexter to be extra motivated. He was held scoreless in the first half and finished with just five field goal attempts and seven points against Arizona. Making matters worse, Pondexter surrendered a career-high 22 points to Jamelle Horne. Since that game, Horne has scored in double figures just once in the past five games. He had 11 points against Arizona State.
Many other Huskies should be able to draw extra motivation from the embarrassing loss to the Wildcats, including PF Tyreese Breshers, who had more fouls (4) than points (0) and rebounds (2) in six minutes. Isaiah Thomas was scoreless in the first half, Venoy Overton was hampered by four fouls, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and host of Huskies had difficulties contending with freshman phenom Derrick Williams and Abdul Gaddy faces the team he nearly signed with on his home court.
And Justin Holiday, who missed the Wildcats game because of an eligibility issue, has been looking forward to tonight’s rematch.
Revenge alone isn’t enough to beat a good team like Arizona, but it’s a strong incentive. Add that to UW’s home court advantage and the presence of Holiday and the Huskies should have enough factors on their side to pull out a win that preserves their Pac-10 title and NCAA tournament hopes.

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