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November 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Guess the UW Score contest – Seton Hall

Well that was embarrassing.
The Huskies and nearly everyone who participated in the Guess the UW Score contest on Tuesday also had a horrible night.
We had 79 folks participate in the contest and only person picked the winner.
So congrats to ProgressiveDawg who predicted Washington would fall 79-71 to Albany. The score was much lower and a little closer, but the Huskies still suffered a 63-62 upset.
You know the drill. If you want your prize – and who wouldn’t want a tasty Hec Ed hot dog and delicious soft drink – then contact me via twitter or email (pallen@seattletimes.com).
It will be interesting to see if Washington’s pratfall will dissuade fans from picking the Huskies today.
OK, let’s get to it. Just one Pac-12 game today and we all know who it is.
TODAY’S SCHEDULE:
Washington (1-1) vs. Seton Hall (2-0), 4:30 p.m. …. ESPN3
AND THE UW-SETON HALL WINNER IS …


The Huskies 69-64.
The six-game road losing streak to non-conference opponents has to end at some point, right? So today is as good of a day as anyone. And let’s face it, Seton Hall (2-0) may not be that good.
But then, the same could be said for Washington, which lost 63-62 at home against Albany on Tuesday.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday’s upset won’t define the Huskies and he tried to downplay the importance of this weekend’s games. However, Washington is a veteran group that’s played almost 10 games already, including seven exhibitions and a scrimmage.
The Huskies need a win this weekend. Just one. And it doesn’t have to be a great win. Just play a game against an out-of-conference team and walk away with a victory. That scenario would restore a lot of lost confidence for the Huskies. And it would be even better if that win came against a team from a BCS conference.
There’s a chance UW could lose today and beat a winless Rhode Island team Sunday. That’s not a great outcome, but it beats the alternative.
And then there’s also the chance Washington can return next week with two wins, including a potential head-turning victory over No. 4 Ohio State.
But that’s putting the cart before the horse. Washington will have its hands full against Seton Hall, which presents some problems starting with Fuquan Edwin.
He’s averaging 19.5 points and he’s capable of scoring 30. His career best is 28. Slowing him down is paramount. The Huskies must also contain Brian Oliver, a streaky shooter, who has scored 32 in the past.
Both are 6-6 junior wings and normally the Huskies would have plenty of bodies to throw at them. But it remains to be seen if 6-6 senior Scott Suggs (concussion) will play. If he’s out, then C.J. Wilcox will be forced to play big minutes once again.
Washington can make things easier on itself if senior guard Abdul Gaddy becomes more assertive offensively and takes advantage of what looks to be mismatch against 6-1 freshman Tom Maayan, who is playing his third game.
For the the third straight game, 7-0 foot center Aziz N’Diaye will enjoy a height advantage. He’s averaging a double double and should dominate once again against a Seton Hall team that doesn’t play anyone taller than 6-9. The Pirates also have just six blocks, but they’re a good rebounding team.
If Suggs is unavailable, the Huskies best chance of claiming a win this weekend may be today’s game due to their shortage of depth. UW has four players averaging at least 30 minutes, while Seton Hall doesn’t have anyone who averages more than 28.
The Pirates use a 10-man rotation so it would seem Washington will have to rely heavily on its stars Wilcox, Gaddy and N’Diaye to carry them to a win.

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