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February 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Pac-10 Picks … including the Washington game

The race for the grand prize in the Guess the UW Score contest got a little tighter Thursday when wayupwaydown won for the second time this season and moved into a four-way tie.
The other repeat winners are UMontW, mjlaw and dawgpound99.
Still got to hand it wayupwaydown for the most recent 104-78 prediction considering the Huskies were riding a three-game losing streak and they hadn’t scored that many points against a Pac-10 team since 2005.
On Thursday, Washington beat California 190-77. It was the most points for UW in a conference game.
Good pick. You’ve won before so you know the routine. Contact me for your prize. It’ll be interesting to see if we can get a few more repeat winners or if someone will actually win three contests this season.
Okay, let’s move on.
Today’s games (all times Pacific).
Oregon State at UCLA, 1 p.m. (FSN)
California at Washington State, 2 p.m.
Stanford at Washington, 5:30 p.m. (FSN NW)
Oregon at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Picks: UCLA, WSU and Oregon.
Record: 38-17 Pac-10, 103-39 overall.

The Huskies 86-70.
Don’t let its record fool you. Stanford (13-10, 6-6 Pac-10) is no pushover. The Cardinal held high-scoring Washington State to 62 points on Thursday. Stanford also limited Washington to a season-low 56 points in their first meeting.
Only Butler has scored more than 80 points against the Cardinal and that was an 83-50 whipping on Dec. 18. Stanford has changed dramatically since then. It has the best defense in the conference and the 40th stingiest defense in the nation that allows 62.1 points.
Washington appears to be building momentum. The Huskies are coming off of a convincing 109-77 win against California and seemingly they’re recommitted to playing a dominating style of defense.
Traditionally Edmundson Pavilion has been a House of Horrors for Stanford, which is 19-45 in Seattle. The home crowd has also been good to UW and the Huskies are 12-0 in front of their fans.
Stanford was one of the first Pac-10 team that made it a priority to limit Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the middle. In the first game, the UW senior forward attempted just five field goals and finished with eight points. The Cardinal forced the Huskies to the perimeter where they converted 8 of 26 three-pointers. The tactic worked at Maples Pavilion, but may not be as effective at Hec Ed where the Huskies are more comfortable shooting treys.
In the first game, Scott Suggs (2 for 5), Terrence Ross (1 for 7) and C.J. Wilcox (1 for 4) combined to convert just 4 of 16 shots off the bench. Conventional wisdom says they shoot a better percentage at home.
Washington also has a considerable size advantage inside and the Cardinal has no one that can stop 7-foot Aziz N’Diaye inside. He had 11 rebounds the last time.
The Huskies outrebounded Stanford 37-34, but they failed to execute a box out in the final seconds and gave up a game-winning putback.
It’s imperative Washington controls the glass, but the game will likely be decided on the perimeter. UW must contain sharp-shooter Jeremy Green who is capable of scoring 30 points. He’s been on fire recently and look for Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas to draw the tough defensive assignment.
It’s also important to rattle Stanford point guard Jarrett Mann. The junior has come a long ways since last season’s game at Hec Ed when he had difficulties bringing the ball up the court against Venoy Overton. Stanford had 20 turnovers that day. Mann is a better player and he has more confidence. Still he can be unnerved. In Stanford’s first game against Washington State, he had six turnovers.
And finally, motivation is on Washington’s side. Every game is important for the Huskies, which still has hopes of catching Arizona for the Pac-10 lead.
Washington also wants to avenge the loss at Stanford.
“We remember that they threw the ball in the air,” Thomas said about the Cardinal’s post-game celebration. “They celebrated. We’ll be ready.”

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