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January 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Pac-10 Picks … including the Washington game

Feeling somewhat sentimental. Almost a year ago today we started the Guess the UW Score contest when Washington hosted Stanford. The winner that day was huskylenz.
Got to admit, you guys were all over Washington’s 103-72 win against Oregon State last Saturday. Makes me think what I was thinking for predicting a close, relatively low-scoring game.
At least 15 posters came within five points of the total score, however, the big winner in the Guess the UW Score contest is rjs425 who predicted the Huskies would win 102-72. We nearly had our second perfect guess of the season. Great job.
As always, contact me privately to pick up your choice of two prizes: A hot dog and soft drink at a UW game or a promotional coupon for the 2010-11 Husky basketball app.
OK, moving on.

Today’s games
(times are local to the site)
UCLA at Oregon State, 5:30 p.m. (FSN NW)
Washington at Stanford, 7 p.m.
USC at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Washington State at California, 7:30 p.m.
Picks: UCLA, USC and WSU
Record: 12-4 Pac-10, 76-26 overall

The Huskies 75-60.
Got to keep the analysis short today because we’re late in getting this post up.
Washington’s defense is often overlooked. Two weeks ago, the Huskies held USC to 67 points in overtime and limited UCLA to 63. In my opinion, the Trojans are Bruins have more talent than the Cardinal and those teams had difficultly generating points.
Stanford has few scoring options. There’s Jeremy Green and Josh Owens. That’s basically it. Freshman guard Aaron Bright can knock down a three-pointer and freshman forward Dwight Powell is active on the glass and he’s good for a putback or two.
But when it comes to consistent offense, Green and Owens are the guys. Stanford needs both of them to pull off the upset and that’s a tall order against a versatile team like Washington, which despite its relatively limited numbers can throw a lot of defensive combinations on the court.
Last season, the Cardinal guards had great difficulty getting the ball past half court and initiating any type of offense against Washington’s 3/4-court pressure.
Stanford has a standout defense, but in reality the Cardinal has faced few teams the caliber of Washington. When Stanford played Butler, it gave up 83 points on the road in a 33-point defeat. During the game against Oklahoma State, the Cardinal surrendered 79 points in an 11-point loss.
Still we have no idea how the Huskies will respond in the aftermath of the police investigation concerning of the players. That’s a major distraction. Some players and teams are able to compartmentalize off-court troubles and when they step on the floor, the game is like a sanctuary. Other players shrink under the intense media scrutiny.
Washington has a veteran squad with six upperclassmen in the rotation. Stanford is young with two freshman starters, no seniors on the roster and five underclassmen in its rotation.
Despite the distractions, experience should carry the Huskies to their seventh straight win.

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