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December 22, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Pac-12 picks … including the Washington game

Washington’s 92-73 loss to South Dakota State on Sunday not only snapped a school-record 32-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents, it also broke the Guess the UW Score streak.
We went 85 straight games producing winners, but for the first time in the three-year history of the contest no one picked a winner. Wow. I guess it was going to happen sooner or later. Still feels weird.
Hopefully we do better next time. And maybe it will be another three years before I write a post like this.
OK let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Bryant University (1-10) at Arizona (8-4), 4 p.m.
Butler (5-7) at Stanford (10-1), 6 p.m.
Texas Southern (1-8) at Colorado (6-4), 6 p.m.
Utah (3-8) at Weber State (7-3), 6 p.m.
Cal State Northridge (3-6) at Washington (5-5), 7 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin (5-6) at Oregon (8-3), 7 p.m.
Pepperdine (6-4) vs. Washington State (7-4), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Kansas (7-3) at USC (5-7), 8 p.m.
Times PST
Picks: Arizona, Stanford, Colorado, Weber State, Oregon, WSU and Kansas
AND THE UW-CAL STATE WINNER IS …


The Huskies 85-73.
Washington struggled with another Big West team last week before putting away UC Santa Barbara in the final minutes. You’d think the Huskies will come out focused after its recent stumbles. The defense also figures to be improved with the return of 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye.
The Huskies are seeking a feel-good win before the Pac-12 season begins Dec. 29 against Oregon State.
Cal State looks to be the perfect opponent. The Huskies played the Matadors three years ago – Abdul Gaddy scored 11 points and Darnell Gant had five rebounds – so there’s history between the schools.
Cal State has a star guard in Stephan Hicks who will be a difficult challenge for the Huskies. He can score, rebound and get to the free throw line.
The Matadors have won their past two games and they fell by just seven points in the regular-season opener to UCS. However, they’ve also been dominated on the road and lost 103-61 at Boise State.
In many ways, this game is less about the Matadors and more about Washington fixing it’s flaws on offense, defense and improving its sour chemistry.

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