Let’s get an early start to the Guess the UW Score contest.
There’s been multiple winners, but we’ve never had a three-way tie. On Tuesday, three posters came within a point of accurately predicting Washington’s 102-75 win.
The big winners are: mjlaw (103-75), UMontW (102-76) and Ball boy (102-74). That’s outstanding. Great job guys. Let me know when you want to pick up your prize, which is a hot dog and soft drink at a UW game.
Tonight’s game (times local to site)
No. 5 Kansas State at Washington State, 8 p.m.
California at Iowa State, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Texas Tech at Washington, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Oregon State at Colorado, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Picks: KSU, Iowa State and Colorado
AND THE UW-TEXAS TECH WINNER IS …
The Huskies 92-80
In their first true road game, the Red Raiders lost 92-83 in overtime at North Texas, which is probably the best team in the Sun Belt Conference at 5-1, but the Mean Green isn’t in the same league as the Huskies.
Still, don’t judge Tech solely by that loss in the second game of the season because it has a few key reserves who are returning from injuries. Keep your eye on Paul Cooper, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound junior reserve forward, and D’walyn Roberts, a 6-7, 200-pound, senior reserve forward. Cooper has played in just one game this season because of a bone spur in his right foot, but he’s feeling better and he looked solid in Friday’s practice. Roberts has has back problems and he’s played in two games.
Paired with 6-10 starting center Robert Lewandowski, those two give the Red Raiders more size to combat the Aziz N’Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Darnell Gant.
Tech forward Mike Singletary is a difficult matchup, who scored 29 points in his last outing, and guard John Roberson had 25 points and seven assists in last year’s game against Washington.
Remember that game? Remember Tech beating UW time and time again on transition offense that resulted in layups. Tech had 14 fastbreak points, UW 6.
But it’s one thing to play that well at home in front of 9,000 supportive fans and an ESPN2 audience in the biggest non-conference game of the season for Red Raider supporters. It’s another thing to play like that thousands of miles from home on a Saturday afternoon in a hostile place like Edmundson Pavilion.
A year ago, UW sank 2 of 8 three-pointers at the United Spirit Arena. The Huskies, however, are much better shooters this season, especially at home. UW has sank at least 12 treys in three games at Hec Ed this season.
I’m curious to see what happens with C.J. Wilcox enters the game. He knocked down six treys Tuesday, but will Tech shift its defensive focus on him or will it try to keep Isaiah Thomas out of the lane or will it double team Matthew Bryan-Amaning?
Last year, former UW three-point specialist Elston Turner sank three treys and departed star Quincy Pondexter scored 31 points. Tech is the type of team that knows it can score (it’s ranked 38th nationally), but it gives up a lot of points as well (it’s ranked 296th), which isn’t a good combination against a team like Washington. Not many teams can win a shoot-out against the Huskies at Hec Ed.