The Guess the UW Score contest is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before. Well not really. But I hear the hot dogs at Alaska Airlines Arena are pretty tasty this year.
Year Four of the GTUS contest promises to be fun considering the Huskies enter the season with modest expectations, which will force fans to made predictions with their hearts or their heads.
Here’s how this works. You post Pac-12 picks and include a score of the UW game. Then I’ll buy a hotdog and soft drink before a Husky home game for the person that comes closest to guessing the UW score.
All in? Cool.
Before we get started, here’s a reminder of last season’s big winner. Justinholidaycanplay won the whole thing in 2012 while we had a seven-way tie in 2011.
OK let’s get started.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Charleston Southern (0-1) at Arizona (0-0), 3 p.m. …………… P12N
Loyola Maryland (1-0) at Washington (0-0), 5 p.m. …………… P12N
New Mexico State (0-0) at Oregon State (1-0), 6:30 p.m. ….. ESPNU
Cal State Bakersfield (0-1) at California (0-0), 7 p.m. ………… P12N
AND THE UW-LOYOLA WINNER IS …
The Huskies 82-68.
Washington has many variables in its favor tonight starting with the homecourt advantage at Edmundson Pavilion and the fact Loyola had to travel 2,326 miles.
The Huskies should also have an edge in talent although Loyola isn’t some run-of-the mill non-conference opener. The Greyhounds won 24 games and the MAAC Tournament last season. They return three starters who were all-conference picks. They have jitterbug point guard in Dylon Cormier, an athletic big man Erik Etherly, a three-point specialist Robert Olson and four freshman who add energy to the rotation.
This will be a stiff test for the Huskies, which debuts – for real this time – a new high-post offense and a renewed commitment to defense.
Washington went 3-3 during its exhibition tour of Europe this summer. The Huskies won 888-78 against Western Washington in an exhibition almost three weeks ago and they had a closed scrimmage at Long Beach State.
That’s a lot of basketball and enough time for them to understand how they’re going to win games. This is also a big test for the coaching staff, which has two new assistants in Brad Jackson and Lamont Smith.
I mentioned this in the previous thread, but look for C.J. Wilcox or Scott Suggs to try and exploit Loyola freshman Jarred Jones, who makes his first road start.
Theoretically the first two games of the season is a warm-up before the Huskies first real test Nov. 22 against Seton Hall.