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March 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Pac-12 picks … including the UW game

Congrats to huskylenz who won last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest. Washington lost 75-69 at UCLA and he predicted they’d fall 78-70.
There’s a four-way second-place tie between spot on, lghusky, kobedawg and huskylenz in the season tally. Everyone trails three-time winner justinholidaycanplay.
OK let’s move on. Early start so let’s get to it.
No. 1 Washington vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 12:10 p.m. (FSN)
No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA, 2:10 p.m. (FSN)
No. 2 California vs. No. 7 Stanford, 6 p.m. (FSN)
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 6 Colorado, 8:40 p.m. (FSN)
Times PST
Picks: UCLA, Cal and Oregon

The Huskies 78-65.
The No. 1 seed has never lost its opener since the tournament changed its format in 2007 to include every team in the conference. Of course, there’s a first time for everything. However, Oregon State would have to play an exceptional game and Washington would have to completely fall apart for that to happen today.
It’s difficult to factor the fatigue element. The Beavers played 24 hours ago and now they’re facing an up-tempo team that likes to score in transition. That’s got to be an advantage for the Huskies.
The Beavers got out to a great start Wednesday during a 69-64 win over Washington State, but they lost their focus at times and allowed the Cougars to climb back into the game.
Washington crushed OSU 95-80 on Dec. 29 in Seattle and narrowly won 75-72 on Feb. 12 in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers can give the Huskies problems because they have several scoring options. Junior guard Jared Cunningham led the league in scoring, Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson are a streaky shooters and OSU has an athletic front line with Devon Collier and Eric Moreland. Versatile Joe Burton is also an X-factor.
Still Washington has experience and the Huskies are motivated to prove they’re one of the better teams in the conference. Despite the fact that they’re they reigning two-time champion and the No. 1 seed, they’ve been somewhat overshadowed. Few people believe they can win a third straight title and hardly anyone has given Terrence Ross his due credit. The Huskies believe the sophomore guard should have won the player of the year award and they’re using the snub as extra motivation.
“I know everybody is frustrated about what happened to Terrence Ross,” C.J. Wilcox said. “There were a lot of games where he carried us, he saved us and he’s a hero for us of the time. We felt like he deserved it. Not taking anything away from (Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez), but we felt he should have won.”
When asked if the Huskies really needed any extra motivation at this point in the season, Wilcox said: “I don’t think so. But every little bit helps.”

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