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December 31, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Pac-10 Picks … including the Washington game

We had our first two-time winner in the Guess the UW Score contest on Wednesday. Congrats to dawgpound99 who predicted Washington would beat USC 72-67. Another poster kobedawg guessed the same score. The Huskies won 73-67 in overtime.
Way to go guys. Good job.
Let’s move on today’s games (times are local).
Washington at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Washington State at USC, 3 p.m. (FSW)

Pick:
USC
Record: 66-22
AND THE UW-UCLA WINNER IS …


The Huskies 70-65.
After Washington’s win at USC, coach Lorenzo Romar said he was unsure if the Huskies would use their 2-3 zone again this season, but don’t be surprised to see it Friday against UCLA.
The Bruins have one of the tallest front lines in the Pac-10, which features 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Reeves Nelson and 6-10 freshman center Joshua Smith. They’re space-eating wide bodies who feed off of rebounds and putbacks. UCLA also has long-limbed 6-8 forward Tyler Honeycutt, who leads the team in points and rebounding.
Washington is likely to start the game with its traditional ball-hawking man-to-man defense, but if 7-foot Aziz N’Diaye and/or 6-9 Matthew Bryan-Amaning get in foul trouble, then UW doesn’t have that type of height on the bench to replace them.
The Huskies may also see a lot of zone from UCLA. Bruins coach Ben Howland went back to man defense this season, however, but he could change remembering his last encounter with the Huskies at Pauley Pavilion. Using the zone, UCLA held Bryan-Amaning to just four points and forced UW to make jump shots from the perimeter. Fortunately for UW former star Quincy Pondexter made all four of his three-pointers while the rest of team shot 3 of 15 on treys.
The Huskies are riding high after their impressive, come-from-behind win at USC. Still they’ll need to overcome more than the Bruins on Friday. They’ll also have to combat history, which says UCLA rarely loses to Washington at home.
The Bruins are 59-6 (.906) against the Huskies in Los Angeles and 44-3 (.935) in Pauley Pavilion. It’s never easy winning in Pauley Pavilion. Last year, the Huskies thought they had the game won when Venoy Overton gave them a one-point lead (61-60) with 3.2 seconds left only to watch Mustafa Abdul-Hamid drain a game-winning shot as time expired.
The talent level between UCLA and Washington is fairly even, especially among the starters. Still the Huskies have more depth and they’re able to go to bench for scorers. Terrence Ross scored 18 points Wednesday. C,J. Wilcox, who sat out the previous game and is questionable Friday because of a staph infection, has scored 20 points this season and Scott Suggs has tallied 15. Even if Wilcox is unavailable, the Huskies have too much firepower for the Bruins.

Comments | Topics: Scott Suggs, UCLA

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