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January 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Pac-12 picks … including the UW game

Thursday’s winner in the Guess the UW Score contest is Anchorage Dawg who wrote: “Cal’s got more discipline, executes better in the half court, plays better defense and shoots free throws better. Bears by a couple in a slugfest: 68-64.”
The Huskies lost 69-66.
Nice prediction. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your prize.
OK let’s move on. Full slate of games so let’s get to it.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
UCLA (10-8, 3-3) at Oregon (14-5, 5-2), 1 p.m. (ROOT)
Arizona State (6-12, 2-4) at Utah (4-14, 1-5), 2 p.m.
Arizona (13-6, 4-2) at Colorado (12-6, 4-2), 3 p.m.
Stanford (15-4, 5-2) at Washington (11-7, 4-2), 3 p.m.(ROOT)
California (16-4, 6-1) at Washington State (10-8, 2-4), 3 p.m.
USC (5-14, 0-6) at Oregon State (12-7, 2-5), 7:30 p.m. (ROOT)
Times PST
Picks: Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Cal and OSU
AND THE UW-STANFORD WINNER IS …


The Cardinal 70-65.
Coach Lorenzo Romar hinted at changes that will prevent the starters from logging heavy minutes while super-sub C.J. Wilcox recovers from a hip injury. Romar didn’t go into detail, but he stressed the importance of reducing the minutes of Terrence Ross, who played 39 minutes Sunday against Washington State and 38 on Thursday against California.
Tony Wroten Jr. has played 36 minutes in each of the past two games and Abdul Gaddy was on the floor 35 and 38 minutes.
Short of burning Scott Suggs’ redshirt, not sure how Romar plans to bolster a bench that includes senior Darnell Gant and three freshman (Hikeem Stewart, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Martin Bruenig) who have struggled to make a meaningful impact.
Meanwhile Stanford has the deepest bench in the Pac-12 the the Cardinal will throw bodies at the Huskies. Stanford is long and its length will be a problem for Washington on the offensive end.
It probably didn’t help the Huskies that the Cardinal surrendered 33 points to Washington State’s Faisal Aden on Thursday in an 81-69 defeat. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said: “That’s probably the worse performance with regards to defending a player that we’ve had.”
Seems unlikely the Cardinal allows another similar performance, which is just what Washington needs. Ross scored 30 points on Sunday and unless the sophomore guard or someone else takes control offensively, the Huskies will be hard pressed to generate enough consistent offense.
In each of the past two games, Washington has scored 25 points in the first half. Against WSU, the Huskies shot 29 percent before halftime and against Cal it was 34.5.
That’s got to improve. Washington can’t fall behind again.
In the past, the Huskies have been able to overwhelm Stanford in the back court. Venoy Overton and Isaiah Thomas would mercilessly harass the Cardinal ball handlers into mistakes and turnovers. Stanford has upgraded its guards, but Washington still appears to have an advantage. The Cardinal doesn’t have anyone who can physically matchup with Wroten.
UW’s 7-foot center Aziz N’Diaye will also have a height advantage, but he’ll likely be paired against 6-8 forward Josh Owens, who is one of the better low-post forwards in the Pac-12.
This isn’t a make-or-break game for either team, but Washington goes on the road next week and finishes the season with seven of 11 games away from home.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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