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January 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Pac-12 picks … including the UW game

Three-way tie in the Guess the UW Score contest Sunday.
Washington beat Washington State 75-65. The three winners are kobedawg and spot on who predicted the Huskies would win 75-67 and jfieser who guessed 76-66.
Great job guys. Contact me privately via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your prizes.
OK let’s move on. Full slate of games so let’s get to it.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
USC (5-13, 0-5) at Oregon (13-5, 4-2), 5:30 p.m. (CSN)
Arizona State (6-11, 2-3) at Colorado (11-6, 3-2), 5:30 p.m.
Arizona (12-6, 3-2) at Utah (4-13, 1-4), 5:30 p.m.
California (15-4, 5-1) at Washington (11-6, 4-1), 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
Stanford (15-3, 5-1) at Washington State (9-8, 1-4), 7 p.m.
UCLA (10-7, 3-2) at Oregon State (11-7, 1-5), 7:30 p.m. (ROOT)
Picks: Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA
AND THE UW-CAL WINNER IS …


The Golden Bears 70-65.
Washington has a great chance to surge to the top of the Pac-12 standings this week. The formula for winning the regular-season championship is simple. Win the remaining six games at home, split on the six games on road and beat Washington State in the rematch.
Following this formula, the Huskies finish with a 14-4 record in conference and 21-9 overall. That should be good enough to win the league title and secure a NCAA tournament at-large berth.
It all starts Thursday against Cal.
The Huskies are riding a three-game winning streak and they’ve won seven of the past nine games. At a glance, it looks as if they’re surging and hitting their peak to start the second half of the college basketball season. A closer examination of those wins reveals the win against Oregon (13-5) was their best victory.
Washington tends to beat the teams it’s supposed to beat, which doesn’t bode well for tonight’s game. The Huskies are 1-point underdogs.
They’re also playing without second-leading scorer C.J. Wilcox (hip) for a second straight game, Tony Wroten Jr. is a little banged up and the bench his razor thin.
The Huskies are asking Terrence Ross to shoulder the offensive load and if he scores 30 points like he did Sunday, then Washington should roll to a fourth-straight win over Cal.
The Bears have struggled in recent years to combat UW’s athleticism. Washington destroyed Cal in each of the past two games at Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies won 109-77 last year and 84-69 in 2010. In 2009, Cal needed three overtimes to escape Seattle with an 88-85 win.
Hec Ed has traditionally been a difficult venue for the Bears in part because of the rowdy and intense home crowd.
The early start time and winter storm that dumped snow on Seattle will keep many fans away, which is just bad luck for the Huskies. They need every advantage they can get. The home crowd helped spark UW to a win Sunday and Cal is 1-3 in road games this season.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, UCLA

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