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February 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Pac-12 picks … including the UW game

No one in Saturday’s Guess the UW score contest had a good read on Washington’s 69-41 win over USC. Got to admit that was a difficult game to predict.
Still there was a three-way tie among the winners. Congratulations to Napes (70-50), Beta_Dawg (68-50) and UW/SonicFan (70-50).
Nice job guys. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or at Twitter to collect your prizes.
Let’s move on.
Full slate of games so let’s get to it.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Utah (5-18, 2-9) at Arizona St (7-16, 3-8), 5:30 p.m.
Colorado (16-7, 8-3) at Arizona (16-8, 7-4), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Washington State (12-11, 4-7) at Oregon State (15-8, 5-6), 7 p.m. (ROOT)
California (18-6, 8-3) at USC (6-18, 1-10), 7:30 p.m.
Stanford (16-7, 6-5) at UCLA (13-10, 6-5), 8 p.m.
Washington (16-7, 9-2) at Oregon (16-7, 7-4), 8 p.m. (FSN)
Times PST
Picks: ASU, Arizona, OSU, Cal and UCLA
AND THE UW-OREGON WINNER IS …


The Huskies 70-69.
Washington has a three-game road winning streak and maybe the Huskies have truly snapped the voodoo that plagued them early in the season when they lost their first five games outside Seattle.
It won’t be easy winning at Oregon, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility considering the Ducks lost at home 77-60 against California and 76-71 versus Oregon State.
The last time Washington and Oregon met, the Huskies overwhelmed the Ducks with their athleticism. They had more points off turnovers (22-9) and fast break points (19-5) in a 76-60 win on Dec. 31. UW took control late in the first half and never looked back.
Washington dominated almost every facet of the game. Oregon shot 32.3 percent from the field and connected on just 5 of 23 (21.7 percent) three-pointers. Not sure if Terrence Ross and Abdul Gaddy can do a better defensive job on Devoe Joseph, who missed 12 of 13 three-pointers. The Huskies also pressured Oregon guard Garrett Sim into five turnovers.
Washington’s needs another impressive performance from its back court, who have a size and quickness advantage.
It’s also vital the Huskies do a better job rebounding. Oregon won the battle of the glass 36-34 and outscored Washington 16-2 on second-chance points. The Ducks had 15 offensive rebounds, six from forward Olu Ashaolu.
In the first meeting, the game got a little chippy. Ashaolu was in the middle of a couple of skirmishes, including dust-up with freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. There’s probably going to be a few more physical plays tonight.
Washington received 24 points off the bench from C.J. Wilcox who scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He nailed six of eight three-pointers and UW was 12 of 22 behind the arc. Not sure if the Huskies will shoot as well on the road. In their past three road wins, they haven’t scored more than 70 points or shot better than 45 percent.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, UCLA

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