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March 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Pick the Washington-Marquette winner — updated

Just wanted to make a quick post to give people time to put in their scores for today’s game. I’ll update later with last week’s picks and more pre-game analysis.
For the newspaper, I picked No. 11 Washington in a 73-69 upset over No. 6 Marquette. I think I’ll stay with that prediction.
***Updated 2:36 p.m.***
Last week’s Guess the UW score winner was Hometeam15 who predicted a 79-76 Husky win and came the closest to the actual score: 79-75. Good job.
MORE PRE-GAME ANALYSIS:
There’s been a lot of discussion about Washington exploiting Marquette’s small interior defense with Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning, but Isaiah Thomas could benefit the most from MU’s lack of height on the front line.
Thomas is one of the best in the country at driving to the basket and 5-8 Maurice Acker is going to have trouble keeping him out of the lane. Once Thomas gets to the rim, he’s a creative shot-maker and without an imposing shot-blocker, he’s going to get a lot of good looks at the rim.
It’s going to be difficult for UW to quicken the pace because Marquette is very careful with the ball and it takes a lot of three-pointers. Three-point misses means long rebounds, which might also limit Bryan-Amaning’s effectiveness.
Enter Thomas again. He’s a great rebounder for his size and he has a nose for the ball.
But the wild card is the Golden Eagle’s ability to shoot the three. Unless the Huskies can close Justin Holiday, they have no real defense if MU is hitting its shots from the outside.
Coach Lorenzo Romar made an analogy this week about MU’s offense and said defensively it can be like a dog chasing its tail. He said MU breaks you down with a dribble drive or pass and then the defense is constantly trying to cover and get to the open man.
But in the end, I’ll take that team that drives to the basket over the team that shoots three-pointers almost every time. My pick: Washington. But it’s going to be close.

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