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November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Guess the UW Score contest – Albany

Nice start to the season for the Guess the UW Score contest. Apologies for not giving folks advance warning and reminding people to submit picks before the start of the game.
I’ll also try and post earlier in the day to allow more time to enter predictions.
On Sunday, Themanlol206 posted at 5 p.m. and just made the cutoff, which was a good thing because his 85-67 prediction was the closest to Washington’s 85-63 victory over Loyola Maryland. Good job. Way to get things started.
Contact me privately via twitter or email (pallen@seattletimes.com) to collect your prize.
Alright let’s move on.
TODAY’S SCHEDULE:
Albany (1-1) at Washington (1-0), 6:30 p.m. …. P12N
Pepperdine (0-1) at California (1-0), 6:30 p.m. ….. P12N
Long Beach State (1-0) at USC (1-0), 6:30 p.m. ….. P12N
UC Irvine (1-0) at No. 13 UCLA (1-0), 8:30 p.m. ….. P12N
AND THE UW-ALBANY WINNER IS …


The Huskies 88-64.
If Washington plays like it did in the second half of the season-opening 85-63 win over Loyola Maryland, then the Huskies should run away from the Great Danes early in tonight’s game. They won Sunday by 22 points and we’re predicting a 24-point blowout, which would be their largest margin of victory since a 30-point win over Portland on Nov. 14 last year.
Washington has advantages all over the court and it’s a matter of executing offensively and keeping track of Albany’s best player Mike Black. He’s good enough to score 20 points against No. 4 Ohio State, but the 6-0 senior guard shouldn’t be good enough to carry the Great Danes to an upset over the Huskies at Edmundson Pavilion.
This is Washington’s last so-called tune-up before Saturday’s game against Seton Hall (2-0) and a potential Sunday matchup with Ohio State (1-0) in Uncasville, Conn.
In the Albany scouting report, I noted tonight’s game could be a chance for Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox to do damage offensively in the post against Albany’s small backcourt. But there’s many pathways to victory for the Huskies.
The Great Danes are a senior-dominated group, but they don’t have the athletes to run with the Huskies. Depth could also be an issue. Albany led Ohio State 23-22 late in the first half, but succumbed to a 17-2 run to end the half and trailed 39-25 at the break. The Buckeyes cruised in the second half, outscoring the Danes 43-35. OSU won 82-60 at home.
Tonight’s game is likely to follow a similar pattern.

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