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March 11, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Lots of polls, Pac-10 picks and the UW-OSU winner

We’re winding down and much like the Huskies, we’re hitting our stride late in the season with the picks.
For the second straight outing, we had multiple posters correctly pick all the games Saturday. Here’s a list of the winners: uwhoops, dawgpack, ProgressiveDawg, huskyonspeed and ellensburgcoug, who filed a little late, but we’ll let it slide.
In the Guess the UW Score game, we had another tie. Imagine that. It never happened all season, then it happened twice in the past five days. Strange.
Two posters came the closest to predicting UW’s 82-70 victory at Oregon State.
The big winner sare voldemort, who predicted UW would win 82-66 and howdy doodee guessed 81-73.
Okay, let’s move on.
TODAY’S GAMES:
Arizona vs. UCLA, 12:10 p.m.
California vs. Oregon, 2:40 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Stanford, 6 p.m.
Washington vs. Oregon State, 8:40 p.m.
My picks: Arizona, Cal and ASU.
Pac-10 record: 77-63
Since we’re in the postseason, I thought I’d add some polls to the picks post. I’d still like to know what you think about the games, especially the UW score in the comments thread. But here’s another way to get a sense of what the readers are thinking about the tournament.

Who wins: No. 4 Arizona or No. 5 UCLA?opinion

Who wins: No. 1 California or No. 8 Oregon?survey software

 

Who wins: No. 2 Arizona State or No. 7 Stanford?answers

No. 3 Washington or No. 6 Oregon State?polls

 

AND THE UW-OSU WINNER IS …


The Huskies 84-68
It went largely unnoticed last Saturday, but Matthew Bryan-Amaning led the Huskies with 20 points.
Maybe you missed that, Byran-Amaning LED Washington in scoring.
It’s only the second time someone other than Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas led UW in scoring. Venoy Overton did it once, but Saturday it happened in a win.
More good news for Washington, four players (Pondexter, Thomas, Bryan-Amaning and Overton) scored in double figures in the 82-70 victory over OSU and the Huskies shot 50 percent from the field, while committing just seven turnovers.
It looks as if UW, which has won six straight games against OSU, is just a bad matchup for the Beavers. They haven’t beaten the Huskies outside of Oregon since 2003. OSU coach Craig Robinson is 0-4 against UW and Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 12-4 against OSU.
Whenever they play, it’s an intriguing tug-of-war of wills. Washington wants to run and Oregon State wants to settle into its 1-3-1 zone defense and work the shot clock with its deliberate Princeton offense.
Scoring options are limited for the Beavers. G Calvin Haynes, a second-team All-Pac-10 pick, is the only OSU player who can consistently get his own shot, while everyone else has to work within the confines of the offense to create a good look at the rim.
The Beavers have what it takes to pull off an upset. They have an experienced point guard (Haynes), a big man (Roalend Schaftenaar) who can be dangerous in the post as scoring option and on the perimeter as a passer and they have motivation.
The Huskies are also motivated. They know a defeat drops them out of the NCAA tournament bubble discussions and into the NIT or CBI.

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