Really strong day for the picks Thursday. We had a little lull a few weeks ago, but we bounced back in a big way.
There were six folks who correctly picked the games: MattySimone, MurderInc, DukeOnyx, sundodger75, Ball boy, Lucky Strike. That’s the most we’ve had this season. I would have been with you guys if not for Cal. Good job.
And we had another first … Gentlemanwick is the only poster this season to correctly guess the UW score. Congratulations. There were 19 posters who came withing a 10 points of picking the Huskies’ 81-75 win, including someone who was off by one point.
One clarification, the grand prize (a hot dog and soft drink at a UW game) only goes to those who come the closest in picking the score of the Washington game.
Please e-mail me privately Gentlemanwick to claim your winnings.
Full slate today, let’s get to it.
California at UCLA, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oregon at Oregon State, 3 p.m. (FSN NW)
Stanford at USC, 4:30 p.m.
Arizona at Washington State, 5:30 p.m. (FSN NW)
Arizona State at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
My picks: Cal, Oregon, USC and Arizona.
Pac-10 record: 29-20.
AND THE UW-ASU WINNER IS …
The Huskies, 72-61.
Quick summary because I’m a little late posting this entry.
Junior forward Justin Holiday is emerging as a defensive force in the Pac-10. He shut down Stanford’s Landry Fields, Arizona’s Jamelle Horne and it will be interesting to see if he’s paired against ASU’s Rihards Kuksiks or Ty Abbott. Both are long-range gunners and neutralizing three-point shooters is Holiday’s forte.
Always keep an eye on the Venoy Overton-Derek Glasser matchup. This could be their final meeting. In the last encounter, both players were civil but they’ve had several clashes in the past. Expect Overton to be a little animated playing at home and Glasser doesn’t back down from anybody.
Patience is the key for the Huskies. They’ve faced ASU’s difficult matchup zone before and the results have been mixed. Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas are on record as saying they hate facing a zone, so that tells me they become tentative against teams like ASU and UCLA.
Still both players have a lot to prove. Pondexter was held to nine points against the Sun Devils and Thomas was benched at the start of the second half Thursday.
Finally, I got to believe UW’s three-point shooters perform better at home than they did at Wells Fargo Arena when they missed 11 of 14 treys. Look for Elston Turner to have a big day. I say Turner because it seems as if he rotates with Scott Suggs on having the hot hand. Last Thursday it was Suggs, so it stands to reason that today it will be Turner.
If the Huskies can make enough three-pointers and contain ASU’s long-range shooters, then it’s difficult to imagine the Sun Devils generating enough points elsewhere to keep pace.