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February 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Pac-10 Picks … including the Washington game

Lots of folks picked Oregon’s 81-76 upset last Saturday in the Guess the UW Score contest, which may be a sign folks are jumping off the Husky bandwagon.
Or maybe as holman9620 wrote: “I don’t think a day is long enough to fix the things the dawgs need to work on.” Very astute observation and the 84-78 prediction makes holman9620 the big winner Saturday. Good job.
Contact me privately to claim your prize, which is a choice of a hot dog and a soft drink at a UW game or a promotional code for the Seattle Times UW men’s basketball app.
Okay, let’s move on.
Today’s games (all times Pacific)
California at Washington, 6 p.m. (FSN NW)
Stanford at Washington State, 7 p.m.
Oregon at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Oregon State at USC, 8 p.m. (FSN)
Picks: WSU, UCLA and USC
Record: 35-16 Pac-10, 100-38 overall.

The Huskies 82-75.
When Washington starts losing games at home, then its time for UW fans to panic. Until then, there’s no reason to believe the Huskies shouldn’t bounce back and snap their three-game losing streak at Edmunson Pavilion where they’re 11-0 this season and they’ve won the past 12 games.
Washington’s Big Three (Isaiah Thomas, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday) accounted for 72 points in the Huskies’ 92-71 win over Cal last month at Haas Pavilion. A similar performance practically ensures a UW victory, but the supporting cast will likely play a larger roles in tonight’s game.
Cal also has a Big Three in junior forward Harper Kamp, freshman guard Allen Crabbe and junior guard Jorge Gutierrez. They combined for 85 points in the Golden Bears previous game, a 107-105 triple overtime loss to Arizona.
Washington has to play close attention to each of them, but the key to victory may be controlling freshman point guard Brandon Smith. He’s the linchpin to Cal’s offense and is often susceptible on the defensive end. Smith tallied 11 assists last Saturday, but he also gave up 27 points to Arizona point guard Lamont Jones.
Thomas seems to relish the chance to play against Smith, who was slated to walk-on at Cal before being awarded a scholarship.
In the previous post I wrote it feels like it’s time for Holiday to assert himself and take control of the team. The senior co-captain will be paired against Crabbe, a talented freshman who finished with 16 points and six rebounds in the first meeting. Holiday dominated the matchup and scored 23 points, including five three-pointers. Still curtailing Crabbe would help UW’s chances immensely.
And Washington can never forget about Bryan-Amaning on the inside or else it runs the risk of relying almost solely on its perimeter offense.
The Huskies have talked a lot lately about improving the defense and it remains to be seen what adjustments they’ll make tonight. Coach Lorenzo Romar didn’t plan on tweaking the lineup or rotations. He asked the Huskies to re-dedicate themselves defensively.
Playing at home should give the Huskies an emotional boost defensively and perhaps help ignite their dormant transition offense. It’s been a long time since Washington played in front of a friendly crowd. Three weeks ago, Hec Ed was rocking during an 85-68 win over Arizona.
The Huskies are hoping for a similar environment tonight to shake them from their midseason doldrums.
And maybe UW fans will see Brendan Sherrer and Antoine Hosley – walk-ons who have only appeared in blowout victories. The last time they played was Jan. 16 against Cal.

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