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December 18, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Pac-12 picks … including the Washington game

Congratulations to Jon May who won the Guess the UW Score contest Friday.
He predicted the Huskies would win 87-78. Final score: 87-80.
Fantastic job. Please contact me privately to claim your prize.
Alright let’s move on.
Today’s Pac-12 schedule:
South Dakota State (9-4) at Washington (5-4), 12 p.m. (ROOT)
Virginia (8-1) at Oregon (6-2), 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Western Oregon at Washington State (6-4), 4:30 p.m. (ROOT)
Portland State (6-4) at Oregon State (8-2), 7 p.m. (ROOT)
Times PST
Picks: Virginia, WSU and OSU
AND THE UW-SDSU WINNER IS …


The Huskies 88-70.
Washington is a 13.5-point favorite in Las Vegas, but this feels like a bigger blowout. The Huskies had a game to work out the kinks in their four-guard lineup. They recognized the importance of inside defense and collecting rebounds after falling behind by three points in the first half Friday to UC Santa Barbara.
Those areas will be important today along with defending the perimeter.
This will likely be the last game for the Huskies without injured center Aziz N’Diaye (sprained knee) and it could be a good chance for the reserve freshman big men (Desmond Simmons, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Martin Breunig) to receive quality minutes. Simmons is a staple in the rotation, but Kemp and Breunig may have a rare opportunity to shine. Kemp managed just two points, but he delivered 10 solid minutes in his last outing.
Even without N’Diaye, the Huskies should have an advantage inside.
Keep an eye on the back court pairing. South Dakota State junior guard Nate Wolters is a playmaker who leads the Jackrabbitts in scoring and assists. He’ll have his hands full with Abdul Gaddy and Tony Wroten Jr., who are coming off of career scoring highs.
South Dakota State isn’t very good despite an impressive record. Against weaker competition the Jackrabbitts have been able to score in the 90s. However, when paired against quality teams, they’ve crumbled. SDSU has lost by an average of 13 points against Minnesota, Georgia and Nebraska.
The Huskies are going to use this game like they did the Houston Baptist contest. In that 88-65 win, they were still smarting from a loss at Saint Louis and preparing for a upcoming three-game road trip. Washington wasn’t overly concerned with the HBU and focused more on what it needed to do to get better.
After Friday’s win, which snapped a three-game losing streak, players were confident the Huskies can start to build momentum before the Dec. 29 Pac-12 opener against Oregon State.
“Now we can get on a run,” Gaddy said. “I feel like we just needed one win and now we can just keep going. I’m confident we can win the rest of these games from now until the (Pac-12) season.”

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