Let’s recap last week’s the Guess the UW Score winner. For the first time this season, we have a pair of winners. Dawgman81 and dawgmania tied with a 2-point differential. Dawgman81 guessed 100-72 and dawgmania predicted 96-72.
The final score was 98-72.
Great job guys. Still waiting for someone to pick the exact score.
Maybe it will happen today.
Wichita State vs. Connecticut, noon
Oklahoma vs. Kentucky, 2:30 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Chaminade, 6:30 p.m.
Virginia vs. Washington, 9 p.m.
My picks: Wichita State, Kentucky, MSU
And the UW-Virginia winner is …
Virginia lost by 21 points to Stanford, a team picked by the media to finish ninth in the Pac-10. It’s easy to suggest the Cardinal will suffer another blowout against the Huskies, a team picked to win the conference, but I don’t think this game will be easy for UW.
Washington was dominant at home against a pair of pushovers, but tonight’s venue is totally different than Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
The Huskies will play the nightcap at Lahaina Civic Center, a 2,400-seat venue that’s akin to a high school gym. There’s going to be a lot of Kentucky Wildcat fans in the building and Washington will have to generate its own energy. It’s going to be a strange environment.
Even though UW had post season success last season away from home, no one has forgotten UW started the season 0-7 on the road.
There’s many reasons why No. 17 Washington should blow out Virginia, which has five freshman in its rotation. The Huskies have more talent, they’re deeper and they’re bigger. And motivation is on the side of the Huskies – or at least the veterans and the coaching staff – to extract a little bit of revenge against Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who posted a 5-2 mark against UW when he was at Washington State.
Here’s another reason to like Washington in a rout, tip off is midnight on the east coast. The Cavaliers flew out six days ago and maybe that’s enough time to adjust the body clock. Maybe not. Or maybe six days away from home starts to wear on the Cavs.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Huskies won by 20, but I expect it’s going to be a lot closer than that. I think it’s going to be a sloppy game and I’m curious if the officials will let the teams play or will the call it tight. Oddly enough, if they cal it tight that favors UW and its deeper bench.