While most posters in Sunday’s Guess the UW Score contest expected Washington to demolish Florida Atlantic, musca believed otherwise and wrote: “It will be closer than you think.”
Wise words. Even wiser prediction from someone who was a two-time winner last season. The 77-73 guess was closer to the final score – UW 77-71 – by a wide margin than anyone else.
Good job. Contact me privately to claim your prize.
Okay, let’s wrap up Washington’s run in the World Vision Classic tonight and take a look at some Pac-12 action. Washington State and Utah make play their season openers.
San Diego Christian at Utah, 6 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
Nebraska at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Fresno St. at Stanford, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
West Alabama at Oregon St., 8 p.m.
Washington St. at Gonzaga, 9 p.m.
My picks: Utah, Nebraska, Stanford, Oregon State and Gonzaga
AND THE UW-PORTLAND WINNER IS …
The Huskies 82-65.
Third game in three days for both teams, but these coaching staffs are familiar with each other. They played in each of the past four seasons. UW holds a 3-1 advantage during the stretch, including an 80-74 defeat at Portland in 2008.
Last year the Huskies won 94-72 and two years ago they claimed an 89-54 victory. Both games were at Edmundson Pavilion.
In their previous meeting, the Pilots mixed their defenses to counter UW’s superior athleticism. They used a 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense. Portland is less sophisticated defensively this season because it starts three freshmen and returns just three upperclassmen.
Portland coach Eric Reveno said the Pilots are more athletic than previous years, but it remains to be seen if they can matchup with the Huskies man for man. Portland has more height than Georgia State and Florida Atlantic and should be able to challenge Washington inside.
Still the Huskies are longer than ever before and they should be able to disrupt the Pilots defensively. Senior sharp-shooter Nemanja Mitrovic is Portland’s leading scorer and it will be interesting to see who coach Lorenzo Romar assigns to defend him either Terrence Ross or C.J. Wilcox.
Junior point guard Abdul Gaddy (6 foot 3) and freshman Tony Wroten Jr. (6-5) also have a considerable height advantage over 5-10, 155-pound sophomore guard Tim Douglas.