The Pac-10 remains a perfect 12-0 after the conference picked up three wins last night. Here’s the results.
— Stanford turned to Andrew Zimmerman (yes the same guy Matthew Bryan-Amaning posterized last season) and the 6-foot-8 junior forward, matched a career-high with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Cardinal to a 64-48 victory over San Diego.
— What a debut for USC freshman guard Maurice Jones, who tallied a game-high 29 points in the Trojans’ 86-73 win against Santa Clara. He converted 10 of 20 shots and scored 13 points in the first half and 16 in the second. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 11 rebounds and freshman guard Bryce Jones added 15 points. USC big man Alex Stepheson fractured his left hand in Saturday’s opener. He still played 40 minutes and finished with six points and seven rebounds.
— Good news, bad news for UCLA. The good news: The Bruins downed Pepperdine 79-69 victory in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off to improve to 2-0. The bad news: They lost guard Malcolm Lee to a left ankle injury. He won’t play Tuesday against Pacific.
Before we get to today’s picks, let’s recap the first week of the Guess the UW Score contest.
The big winner is MontlakePride who predicted the final score would be 110-68 and came within 12 points of Washington’s 118-64 demolishing. Congrats and contact me (e-mail, Twitter, phone) and we can arrange for you to pick up your grand prize.
And I’ll wait until Pac-10 season to announce the winners of the other games. There were way to many folks who correctly picked those games to list everyone.
Let’s move on. Same rules. Guess the UW score. The person that comes closest wins a hot dog and soft drink. (I know folks posted scores earlier, but we’re counting those who post on this blog entry.)
Today’s games (all times are local to site):
Eastern Washington at Washington, 7 p.m.
Idaho at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at California, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona State at New Mexico, 8 p.m.
Pacific at UCLA, 8:30 p.m.
My picks: WSU, ASU, Cal and Pacific
Season record: 10-0
AND THE UW-EASTERN WASHINGTON WINNER IS …
The only way Eastern pulls off a major upset or keep this game close is if the Huskies have a major letdown after their 54-point win last week or if they start daydreaming about next week’s trip to Hawaii.
I just can’t envision too many scenarios where UW doesn’t dominate. The Huskies have superior size, speed and they’re playing at Edmundson Pavilion where they’ve lost three times in the past two seasons.
Plus the Eagles are without their best player guard Glen Dean who has stress fracture in his foot and his backup Cliff Colimon (ankle) is questionable. EWU is banged up and they’re coming off of a loss to San Jose State.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning should have his way in the middle against center Cliff Ederaine (6-7 and 205 pounds) and Washington’s guards shouldn’t have too much problems against EWU’s inexperienced backcourt.
Tremayne Johnson, a 6-7 junior forward, is Eastern’s best player and he’ll likely see whole lot of Justin Holiday. Negating Johnson will put a lot of pressure on EWU’s non scorers to produce offensively.
Eastern will likely fall into a zone to control the tempo and the game could really get out of hand if UW is able to connect on three-pointers.