Tough Washington game to pick last week. Everybody correctly guessed the winner, but no one had a good read on the final score: Washington 80, San Francisco 52.
Only one poster predicted UW wouldn’t crack 80 points and that poster also won the Guess the UW Score contest. So congratulations to jkdawgfan who guessed the Huskies would win 78-64.
Good job, but got to mention the 14-point difference between your guess and the final score is the widest margin this season. Again, tough game to pick. As a reminder, we’re offering a choice of prizes. Either a hot dog and soft drink at a UW game or a promotional coupon for the 2010-11 Husky basketball app.
Anyway, let’s move on to today’s Pac-10 games.
As I write this Washington State trails 40-39 at halftime against Mississippi State, which is playing without its best player. The Bulldogs suspended sophomore forward Renardo Sidney for one game because of conduct detrimental to the team. That’s a big break for the Cougars. Klay Thompson started the game on fire, scoring 17 points in the first half.
All times are local to site
Robert Morris at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 Kansas at California, 8 p.m. (FSN)
Illinois-Chicago at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Nevada at Washington, 6 p.m. (FSN)
Picks: Arizona, Kansas and OSU
AND THE UW-NEVADA WINNER IS …
The Huskies 86-60.
Nevada averages 68 points and its season high in three road games – all losses – is 65. That’s not a winning combination at Edmundson Pavilion where the Huskies are averaging 100 points this season and they have a 22 game non-conference winning streak.
This is the last tune-up for the Huskies before their Pac-10 opener next week at USC and UCLA and Washington will have to defend against a letdown tonight.
“That’s probably one of the hardest things because sometimes you tend to look ahead,” sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy said. “But coach has instilled in us that it’s always about the next game. It’s never about two or three games ahead. It’s about the opponent that’s in front of you and the opportunity to get better.”
Washington has been focused at home against inferior competition. Even though it scored just 80 points and converted 6 of 26 three-pointers Saturday against San Francisco, the Huskies played one of its better games of the season.
There’s no reason to think the same thing shouldn’t happen tonight.
Perhaps the most only intriguing aspect is the status of senior guard Venoy Overton who hyper-extended his knee Monday. He’s listed as a game-time decision.
If he’s unavailable, Washington should have enough guards (Isaiah Thomas and Gaddy) to run the offense. It will also free up minutes for the reserve wings, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs and Terrence Ross.