Before we get to today’s games, let’s recap last week’s Guess the UW Score contest. I wasn’t the only one who called the Husky defeat, but I’m surprised by the amount of posters who came close to accurately predicting the score – Michigan State 76, Washington 71.
There were some phenomenal picks and lots of folks were in contention, however, the big winner is Seattle Sports who guessed 75-71 Spartans. That’s the closest we’ve had this year to guessing the exact score.
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Let’s move on.
Today’s Pac-10 games (times local to site)
Sacramento State at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Long Beach State at Washington, 8 p.m. (FSN)
Pick: Washington State
AND THE WASHINGTON-LONG BEACH STATE WINNER IS …
The Huskies 90-70
Long Beach State coach Dan Monson is building the 49ers program much like he did Gonazaga years ago. He played a bunch of freshman three years ago and is banking on their experience as upperclassmen to pull off a few upsets. He’s also taking his team into tough environments.
The 49ers shouldn’t be rattled playing at Hec Ed, where UW has lost just three games in the past three seasons.
LBSU is a veteran group and it has balanced scoring even if 80 percent of the points are produced by the starters. The relatively short bench and short lineup won’t bode well against Washington.
The 49ers lack of height may not hurt them on the glass, but Washington’s shooters will have good looks at the basket against the smaller LBSU guards. Last week, the Huskies sank a school-record tying 17 three-pointers against Virginia. In all three wins, they’ve sank at least 12 treys so look for them to regain the shooting touch from outside.
Long Beach State has scored 80 or more just once this season, while UW is averaging 92 points per game, which is tied for third in the nation. Despite scoring 76 and 74 points in the past two games, the Huskies should get the offense back on track tonight. Plus, if this video is any indication, the 49ers aren’t much of a defensive team.
No disrespect to the 49ers, but this game is all about the Huskies. Coach Lorenzo Romar hinted about a lineup change, which could greatly affect the outcome. He also talked about shortening the 10-man rotation.
Romar won’t have to worry about reducing the rotation because backup guard Scott Suggs (strained left MCL) likely won’t play. He wasn’t sure how much Venoy Overton (tail bone) would be available, but Romar sounded optimistic that he’ll have the reserve guard.
It was about this time two years ago, when the Huskies came together and went on a nine-game winning streak. They have six non-conference games remaining before the Pac-10 season and a difficult opening in Los Angeles.
This is a great chance for the Huskies to bounce back after two difficult losses last week against a formidable mid-major opponent that has a win this season against a 3-3 Iowa team in a neutral setting.