Too many winners among the posters to list from Friday’s Pac-10 Tournament semifinals.
But in the Guess the UW Score game, we have a repeat winner: Baby Yao, who predicted the Huskies would win 78-65. The final score was 79-64. Great job. Congratulations.
Okay, let’s move on.
No. 1 California vs No. 3 Washington, 3 p.m. (CBS)
Pac-10 record: 80-66
Give me your pick below on the poll and in the comments thread.
AND THE WINNER IS …
The Bears 83-77.
Short preview today because I’m writing at the Pac-10 Hall of Honor ceremony, which inducted former Husky guard Eldridge Recasner.
Let’s begin with last night. It was fairly hectic for Washington as players rushed for post-game treatment, which included ice baths to rejuvenate their legs. Coaches wanted get them back to the hotel and off their feet as quickly as possible. It’s a quick turnaround for the Huskies and that’s going to play a role in today’s game.
Quincy Pondexter still isn’t fully recovered from a cold and that’s also going to be a factor. The Huskies will need to be full strength and they’re not 100 percent.
Still, it’s going to be a close game. These teams know each other very well. Washington won the first game in Seattle 84-69 and Cal took the rematch in Berkeley, Calif. 93-81.
Judging the first two games in the tournament, it seems as if the Bears are playing at a higher level than the Huskies. They had no problems disposing Oregon and UCLA whereas UW struggled in the first half against Oregon State and Stanford.
I don’t think the Huskies can afford to play another 20-minute game today. If they do, this contest won’t be close because Cal has too many weapons.