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January 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Pac-12 picks … including the UW game

Congrats to justinholidaycanplay who won Tuesday’s Guess the UW Score contest.
Washington beat Seattle University 91-83 and The wining prediction was 92-85. Not many believed the Redhawks would score that many points.
It’s the second win this season for justinholidaycanplay, who becomes the favorite to win the grand prize after the season. (Note: Is skeetss the same person as skeets?)
OK let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington State (9-7, 1-3) at Washington (10-6, 3-1), 4 p.m. (FSN)
UCLA (9-7, 2-2) at USC (5-12, 0-4), 6 p.m. (ROOT)
Times PST
Pick: UCLA
AND THE UW-WSU WINNER IS …


The Huskies 85-80.
No Pac-12 team has beaten a Lorenzo Romar-coached Washington team at home more than Washington State. The Cougars have won four of the past six games at Edmunson Pavilion.
Romar is 5-4 against in Seattle versus the Cougars, including an 80-69 defeat last year. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if WSU pulls off another upset. The Cougars swept the regular-season series last season and barely survived a 43-point barrage from Klay Thompson to win a 89-87 in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals.
Both teams have changed dramatically since their last encounter and have lost their top stars from last season.
Like the Huskies, the Cougars appear to be working out chemistry issues and is still defining roles at the midpoint of the season. WSU is incorporating three newcomers (freshmen DaVonte Lacy and Dexter Kernich-Drew and transfer Mike Ladd), into a rotation that includes established upperclassmen (Marcus Capers, Reggie Moore and Faisal Aden) and an emerging star in Brock Motum.
Washington State is 2-3 on the road and its best win is an 83-73 win at Portland.
The Cougars had a six-game winning streak before the start of the Pac-12, but they’re 1-3 in conference, including a 66-60 overtime loss at Utah.
Toss conventional wisdom out the window in rivalry games. The coaching staffs and players know each other very well. Considering their recent history against the Cougars, the Huskies can’t expect the boost they normally receive from what’s expected to be the first sellout this season.
Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. (tail bone, hip and elbows) and sophomore guard C.J. Wilcox (hip) are ailing, which could be troublesome for Washington because they lead the team in scoring. If they’re limited, it may difficult for the Huskies to generate enough points to win.
However, Washington State’s offense isn’t the same outside Pullman. In their last three road games, the Cougars managed just 60 points in a loss at Colorado, 60 at Utah in overtime defeat and 67 in a win against Pepperdine in Seattle.
If the Huskies can get the game into the 80s, they should have enough defense to keep WSU in check.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, Reggie Moore, UCLA

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