Congrats to justosu who won last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest. Washington lost 86-84 to Oregon State and he predicted they’d fall 81-69.
There’s a five-way second-place tie between spot on, lghusky, kobedawg, huskylenz and justosu in the season tally. Everyone trails three-time winner justinholidaycanplay.
It’s anyone’s game and the season could at any time now. Should be an exciting finish.
OK let’s move on.
No. 6 LSU (18-14) at No. 3 Oregon 22-9), 6:30 p.m., (ESPN)
No. 8 Texas-Arlington (24-8) at No. 1 Washington (21-10), 7 p.m., (ESPNU)
Washington State (15-16) at San Francisco (20-13), 7 p.m. (HDNet)
No. 6 Cleveland State (22-10) at No. 3 Stanford (21-11), 8 p.m., (ESPN2)
Picks: Oregon, USF and Stanford
AND THE UW-UTA WINNER IS …
The Huskies 75-65.
Las Vegas oddsmakers make Washington a 9.5-point favorite, which sounds about right. Both teams are fairly similar in their attack, which should make for an entertaining game. The Mavericks like to press, force turnovers and score in transition.
Said UTA coach Scott Cross: “We give our guys freedom to be creative offensively. .. We want to get up and down the court, get out on the break and create offensive opportunities with our defense. … We’re fairly balanced scoring. LaMarcus (Reed) leads us in scoring and he does a fine job, but we have 4-5 guys who can put up a good amount of points.”
Washington and UT-Arlington are regular-season conference champions who are rebounding from disappointing defeats in the respective league tournaments.
UTA lost 92-72 to McNeese State.
Last season, the Huskies crushed McNeese State 118-64 in the opener.
Coach Lorenzo Romar cautioned “that McNeese State team this year was a little better than the one we faced.”
Still beating the Huskies at home would be a significant achievement for a UTA team that is 0-2 all-time in postseason play and posted an 0-3 record this season against quality teams such as Baylor, Texas and Tulsa.
Washington has worked the past couple of days to improve a defense that had breakdowns in the the past two games. The Huskies allowed UCLA to shoot 55.2 percent in the first half and Oregon State shot 50 percent.
If the Washington improves marginally on the defensive end, the Huskies should be able to generate enough offense to overwhelm the Mavericks.