Only six posters picked Texas A&M to upset Washington last week. And two folks tied and came the closest in the Guess the UW score contest. Keone predicted the Aggies would win 70-64 and golfpunk guessed 69-65.
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Okay, let’s move on.
Not a great day so far for the Pac-10, which suffered a pair of defeats when USC lost in the final minute at No. 3 Kansas and Stanford didn’t put up much of a fight at Butler.
Today’s games (times are local to site)
Cal Poly at California, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. No. 16 BYU (Wooden Classic in Anaheim, CA), 2:30 p.m.
George Washington at Oregon State, 4:30 p.m. (FSN)
San Francisco vs. Washington, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Picks: Cal, BYU and OSU.
AND THE UW-USF WINNER IS …
The Huskies 90-64.
Las Vegas says Washington is a 26 1/2-point favorite, which sounds right to me. Last year, UW won 86-70 and I think they’re a little bit better this season and more motivated following last week’s loss.
There’s no obvious reason why the Huskies shouldn’t do what they normally do at home, which is extend its defense, create turnovers and missed shots, get out on the break, score in transition, drain three-pointers and wear the opposition down with its deep bench. It’s been a successful combination that’s created a 21-game non-conference win streak at Edmundson Pavilion.
This game could get out of hand pretty quick if the Husky shooters find a hot hand outside the arc against San Francisco’s 1-3-1 zone. Long Beach State tried to slow down the Huskies with a zone and the 49ers surrendered 14 three-pointers and 102 points. Tonight could be a similar result.
Still, coach Lorenzo Romar has preached patience offensively this week, which could prevent UW from topping 100 points for the fifth time this season.
The last time Justin Holiday played at home, he drained a couple of 3s in the first five minutes against Portland. Look for the senior co-captain to come out motivated after playing just 15 minutes last week due to foul troubles.
The Dons have size in the middle and they can make life difficult for Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Aziz N’Diaye who has struggled in the past against zone defenses. Coach Romar said he wants to play N’Diaye more minutes, however, the sophomore 7-footer has proven to be most effective against big lineups that play man to man defense. Darnell Gant isn’t the rebounder that N’Diaye is, but Gant can find the seams in the zone defense and knock down an open jump shot.
San Francisco has a slugger’s chance to pull off the upset and keep the score close. The Dons are a streaky shooting team. They scored 97 points in a win over Seattle University and they tallied just 35 in a loss to Louisville. USF has beaten some quality teams (Colorado and Montana), but it is 0-4 on the road and it’s playing in one of the most intimidating venues on the West Coast. The Huskies average 104 points at home.