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November 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Pac-12 picks … including the Washington game

CORRECTED: 10:10 p.m.
Let’s get straight to the recap of last week’s Guess the UW Score contest.
The big winner is skeetss who predicted Saint Louis would upset Washington 74-64. The final score: 77-64.
Congratulations. Contact me privately to pick up your big prize, which is a hot dog and soft drink at a UW game.
OK let’s move on.
Today’s schedule:
Stanford vs. No. 5 Syracuse, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Houston Baptist at Washington, 3 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Wake Forest, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
USC at UNLV, 4:30 p.m.
Utah vs. UMass, 6:30 p.m.
Washington State vs. New Mexico, 6:30 (ESPNU)
Times PST
Picks: Syracuse, UNLV, Wake Forest, UMass and New Mexico (Wow. Notice a disturbing trend?)
AND THE UW-HBU IS …


UW Huskies 95-55.
By all accounts, this could be the most dominant game Washington plays this season due to several factors.
— The Huskies are motivated to get back into the win column in a big way after being drilled Sunday in Saint Louis.
— They’ve had a week’s worth of practice where the focus was getting back to basics.
— Houston Baptist traveled over 2,000 miles during a holiday, which isn’t an easy trip.
— The Texas Huskies (2-3) aren’t very good. And it’s being nice to describe them as a mid-major. They’re a small-time Division I team that is still making the transition from the NAIA to the NCAA.
— HBU likes to play at an up-tempo pace, which works in UW’s favor.
— And finally, Washington has a 29-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents that includes over 10 20-point victories.
This could get ugly – depending on your point of view – real quick.
Washington needs a feel-good victory before embarking on the toughest part of its schedule next week. On tap: at Nevada and New York games against No. 16 Marquette and No. 6 Duke.
Unless the UW Huskies are looking ahead, they should dominate much like they destroyed Portland 93-63 two weeks ago. It wouldn’t be surprising if they topped 100.
However, it’s still unclear if C.J. Wilcox, who suffered a concussion in the last outing, will play. On Tuesday, coach Lorenzo Romar said he expected the sophomore guard would be available.
UW shouldn’t need him, but if the team’s second leading scorer doesn’t play, then that limits the perimeter scoring.

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