It’s crunch time for Washington and we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty in the Guess the UW Score contest as well.
Last year scgotts came out of nowhere and captured two wins in the final five games to move into a seven-person tie in the season standings.
Looks like it may happen again. Washington won 75-72 at Oregon State on Sunday and scgotts took first place in the GTUWS contest with a 75-70 prediction. The other big winner was IssyHuskyFan who guessed UW would pull out a 76-73 squeaker.
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OK lets move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Arizona (18-8, 9-4) at Washington State (13-12, 5-8), 6 p.m. (FSN)
Oregon State (15-10, 5-8) at Stanford (17-8, 7-6), 7 p.m.
Oregon (18-7, 9-4) at California (20-6, 10-3), 7:30 p.m. (CSN NW)
Arizona State (8-17, 4-9) at Washington (17-8, 10-3), 8 p.m. (FSN)
Picks: Arizona, Stanford and Cal
AND THE UW-ASU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 68-52.
The way Washington has been playing defense lately, can’t see how Arizona State manufactures enough offense to win their second game on the road. The last time the Sun Devils played away from home, they scored 47 at California and 44 at Stanford.
Granted ASU didn’t have star guard Trent Lockett, who returned last week from an ankle injury that forced him to miss six games. The last time the Sun Devils were full strength on the road, they lost 68-51 at Arizona on Dec. 31 in the conference opener.
ASU has made a few changes since that game. Leading scorer Keala King was dismissed and center Jordan Bachynski moved into the starting lineup.
It seems counterintuitive, but the Huskies may want to reduce Aziz N’Diaye’s minutes against Bachynski. Like a lot of big men, the 7-2 ASU center struggles against smaller defenders. Last Saturday against an undersized Arizona front line, Bachynski finished with two points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. He played well against N’Diaye and Washington in January and had 13 rebounds and nine points.
Washington has struggled with its perimeter shooting in the past three games, but coach Lorenzo Romar believes the Huskies are due to break out of their shooting slump. It helps UW is playing at home where they are 13-2.
If the Huskies can shoot better than they have in the last two games – 34.8 percent at Oregon State and 35.5 percent at Oregon – then they should be able to wear down Arizona State much like they did in the first meeting when they outscored the Sun Devils 38-30 in the second half.