Lots of folks strayed away from Washington and picked Arizona in Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest. The Wildcats won 87-86.
The big winner in the contest was bobcondotashaircut who predicted an 88-85 Arizona win. That’s a pretty good prediction.
Sidenote: You do know there’s two t’s in “Condotta,” right? Oh well. Clever nickname. I’ve seen Bob’s haircut and it needs a little pub.
Anyway, contact me privately to claim your prize. You have a choice of a hot dog and soft drink on me at a UW game or a promotional code for the UW men’s basketball app.
Alright. Let’s get to today’s game (time is Pacific).
Washington at Seattle University, 7 p.m. (FSN NW)
AND THE UW-SU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 90-70.
When asked about last year’s 123-76 defeat Seattle University freshman Sterling Carter promised a slightly different outcome.
“We are not losing by 47 this game,” he said. “I know that for a fact. I’m not going to say we are going to win the game, but I’m not going to say we are going to lose by 47 either.”
Even if their 10-16 record says otherwise, got to believe the Redhawks are better than they were last season when they were embarrassed by the Huskies. Washington led 18-0, 30-3 and 61-20 at halftime before Seattle University got serious and started to play.
SU has quality wins against Virginia and Oregon State. And OSU toppled Washington 87-80 three weeks ago. So the Redhawks have a chance at an upset, right?
“Maybe in Caesar’s Palace that may make a difference,” SU coach Cameron Dollar said. “For us, college basketball and basketball in general can be a game of matchups and you match up good with some teams and not as good against others.”
Theoretically, Washington is a horrible matchup for Seattle University. The Huskies are too big, too fast and their perimeter defense is too good for the undersized Redhawks whose biggest weaknesses are lack of size in the middle, turnovers and poor shooting.
That’s a lethal combination for SU and look for the Huskies to exploit all three areas.
Redhawks coach Cameron Dollar, a former UW assistant, will likely throw a variety of defenses in hopes of slowing down forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning. At 6 foot 9, he’s taller than anyone on SU’s roster. Paired with 7-footer Aziz N’Diaye, the Huskies should dominate the rebounding and will likely get plenty of second-chance opportunities.
Expect UW’s defensive aces Justin Holiday and Venoy Overton to keep close tabs on Aaron Broussard and Carter, SU’s leading scorers.
Washington’s backcourt made life miserable for Seattle University last season and the Huskies were without Isaiah Thomas, who stayed at home because of an illness. Adding Thomas to the mix gives UW even more offensive firepower. It’s going to be difficult for SU to keep him out of the lane.
It will be interesting to see what tactics Dollar employs tonight. He has a deeper bench and he may try to turn the game into a track meet and wear out the Huskies. Washington is limited to an 8-man rotation because injured guard Scott Suggs will not play.
Dollar may also slow the tempo as he did during the second half of last season’s game when SU was outscored by just six points (62-56). He may also use a zone to protect SU’s smaller front line from getting into foul trouble.
But when it’s all said and done, the players will decide the outcome and Washington has more high-level talent than their cross-town rival who jumped from Division II to Division I three years ago.