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February 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Picking the UW-WSU winner

We’ll keep this short and sweet.
Congratulations to Daveguth for winning Tuesday’s Guess the UW Score contest with a 95-72 prediction. The Huskies knocked off Seattle University 95-74.
Good job. Since you’re a relative newcomer, here’s how this works. Contact me privately via e-mail, phone or Twitter to collect your prize. You have a choice of a hot dog and soft drink at a UW game or a promotional code for the UW men’s basketball app.
There’s just three home games remaining so any past winners please collect your prize this week.
Okay let’s move on.
Today’s game (time is Pacific)
Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Record: 52-24 Pac-10, 117-47 overall.

The Huskies 92-72.
With three games remaining, Washington is attempting to go undefeated at home for just the third time in school history. The Huskies did it in 1984 and 2005.
UW is motivated by several factors, which have been highlighted this week. Aside from the revenge element, the Huskies know that a win keeps them one game behind Pac-10 leaders Arizona and UCLA with two games remaining.
The Huskies made 11 of 31 three-pointers in their last meeting the Cougars. WSU will play the 2-3 again and UW may take 30 or so treys. Inside Edmundson Pavilion, the Huskies will likely make a greater percentage and that may likely be the difference this time.
Washington also didn’t have redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox, arguably its best perimeter shooter, when it faced WSU. He was out with a concussion suffered days earlier in practice. Wilcox will make his third start and he’s capable of breaking the game open with his shooting.
Expect Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning to play with a chip on their shoulders. They took the loss harder than anyone else. Bryan-Amaning was held to a season-low six points while Thomas took exception to WSU’s post-game celebration.
In their first meeting, three Cougars fouled out and Klay Thompson collected four fouls. If that happens tonight, Washington State won’t have a chance. The Cougars need another big performance from Thompson who torched the Huskies for 25 points. In the previous games, he averaged 7.3 points. Expect Justin Holiday and Thomas to defend Thompson for most of the night.
It’s a homecoming for several Cougars including Reggie Moore and Andre Winston Jr. They’ll need to manage their emotions because an expected sold-out crowd is going to bring a lot of energy tonight.
The Huskies have used this formula (Big game + Frenzied home crowd + Turnover-creating defense + Transition offense = Blowout win) against Arizona and California. If the formula holds true, then Washington will celebrate its 14th straight win at home.

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