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March 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Pac-12 picks … including the UW game

No one had a good read on last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest. Almost everyone over shot the mark and few imagined the Huskies would win a low-scoring 59-55 slugfest against Washington State.
Perhaps its fitting one of the posters who was farthest away from the action in Pullman came the closest to predicting the score. Congratulations to kobedawg who won last week’s contest with a 65-61 prediction.
It should be noted, kobedawg won the GTUWS game when the Huskies played the Cougars early in the season.
The second win moves kobedawg into a four-way tie on the leader board with spot on, lghusky and justinholidaycanplay.
At least three games remaining and anybody can still win the grand prize.
OK, let’s move on. Big game tonight so let’s get to it.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Utah (6-22, 3-13) at Oregon State (15-13, 5-11), 7 p.m.
Colorado (19-9, 11-5) at Oregon (20-8, 11-5), 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Washington State (14-14, 6-10) at UCLA (16-13, 9-7), 7:30 p.m.
Washington (20-8, 13-3) at USC (6-23, 1-15), 7:30 p.m. (USCTrojans.com)
Times PST
Picks: OSU, Oregon and UCLA
AND THE UW-USC WINNER IS …


Huskies 65-50.
It feels as if the season can’t end fast enough for USC. It’s been a disastrous march for the Trojans who were doomed before the games began and lost three starters to season-ending injuries. They lost two other key players and the roster has been decimated. They’re stretched to their limit and running on fumes.
At this point it’s not about winning for USC. Coach Kevin O’Neill is hoping for a good effort each night. He doesn’t want his team to quit and the Trojans gave an admirable performance in their last outing before falling 56-52 at Arizona State.
However, in their previous four games against quality opponents they lost 70-54 at Arizona, 64-54 against UCLA, 59-47 against Stanford and 75-49 to California.
The Trojans’ only win in the conference was a 62-45 home victory over Utah.
Just don’t think USC has what it takes to pull off what would be one of the most shocking upsets in Washington history.
The Huskies are in first place in the Pac-12 and they’ve won their last four games while the Trojans are in last and they’ve lost their last seven.
Washington needs a win to capture a share of the conference crown while USC is on pace to finish with the worst conference record in school history. The 1994-95 Trojans team were 2-16 in league play.
During this week’s conference call, O’Neill said: “I’m not going to be making any Knute Rockne speeches … saying: ‘Let’s see if we can screw up Romar’s year.’ We’re just going to play the game as best we can.”
Sounds like a concession speech than a pep talk.
Washington deconstructed USC 69-41 in their first meeting and there’s nothing to suggest tonight’s game will be any different. However, the Huskies and their fans will never forget the three times when they’ve fallen flat this season (South Dakota State, at Colorado and at Oregon).
Considering Washington has won its five road games by an average of 4.4 points, perhaps predicting a 15-point win is a bit of a stretch. The Huskies generally play close games away from home.
But if Washington is ever going to capture a blowout on the road, it’s going to be tonight because the competition the rest of the way is going to get much tougher.

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