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November 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Guess the UW Score contest – Ohio State

After Washington’s upset defeat Tuesday, sure enough the predictions were split Saturday in the Guess the UW Score contest.
We’ll see if the Huskies 84-73 win over Seton Hall emboldens anyone to pick UW in what would be a major upset against No. 4 Ohio State.
But before we take a look at the Buckeyes, let’s crown the winner in Saturday’s GTUWS contest and congratulate Pauley who is the big winner with a winning prediction of 87-73. Washington won 84-73.
That’s a fine effort. Better than most who picked a lower scoring game. Contact me privately for your grand prize.
Alright, let’s move on.
Florida A&M (0-2) at Arizona State (1-0), noon ……….. P12N
Washington (2-1) vs. No. 4 Ohio State (2-0), 1:30 …… ESPN2
Colorado (3-0) vs. Murray State (3-0), 5:30 p.m. …….. ESPN2
Belmont (2-0) at Stanford (3-0), 6 p.m. ………………….. P12N

The Buckeyes 72-62.
If its shots are falling, Washington can beat anyone. That’s not exactly a news flash and the same can be said for any college team, but it’s particularly true for the Huskies which can flood the floor with four three-point shooters in Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Abdul Gaddy and Andrew Andrews.
Washington doesn’t need all of them to have a great game. And when you have four better-than-average shooters, you can survive an off night from one or two so long as the others are leading the way offensively.
That’s what happened Saturday against Seton Hall. Gaddy had the hot hand in the first half when he scored 14 of his 16 points while Suggs found the range in overtime and drained two three-pointers en route to 15 points.
Washington’s 85-point explosion and 22-point win over Loyola Maryland in the season opener is proof of what can happen when all four shooters are connecting at the same time.
Of course, Ohio State is much better than Loyola. And the cold, half-empty Mohegan Sun isn’t Edmundson Pavilion. But the point is the Huskies have more than enough offensive potential to beat a good team like the Buckeyes.
And if Washington plays defense the way it did in the first half against Seton Hall, then the Huskies will claim the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament title.
However, the Buckeyes are a formidable bunch. They return three starters from a team that won 31 games last season and advanced to the Final Four. They have a preseason all-America candidate in Deshaun Thomas and a preseason all-Big Ten pick in Aaron Craft. Both could play in the NBA at this time next year and they’ll be difficult to contain.
Fortunately for the Huskies the short turnaround shouldn’t adversely affect them because OSU also relies heavily on its starters. Washington used a seven-man rotation Saturday while OSU mostly plays eight players.
This game is likely to be decided by the stars and quite frankly OSU has two established stars while UW has elevated role players into starring roles. The difference there significant. Craft is pitbull of a point guard who leads the defensive charge while Thomas is a jackhammer on the glass who pounds at foes on the offensive end.
Washington hasn’t played a team ranked this high since it faced then No. 2 Michigan State in the 2010 Maui Invitational. In fact, the Huskies have lost its last five games road games against ranked non-conference opponents. The last win was an 82-64 victory over then No. 8 New Mexico in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Washington isn’t t likely to use its superior shooting to overcome Ohio State because the Buckeyes are long at the wings and built to combat a good perimeter squad. The Huskies will have to win with defense and smarts. They’ll have to grind it out possession by possession. Saturday’s overtime victory should give them confidence. Don’t expect an early knockout against a team as good as Ohio State.
This game may have several momentum swings and fortunately for the Huskies they the experience and temperament to win a slug fest.
If Washington pulls off the upset, it would arguably be the biggest win in the Lorenzo Romar era.
The Huskies are 2-7 against teams ranked No. 4 or higher in his 11 seasons. The wins came against No. 1 Stanford on March 6, 2004 and No. 2 UCLA on March 3, 2007. Both victories were at home against conference opponents.
Romar teams have faced non-conference teams ranked No. 4 or higher just three times. Here’s the results:
— Lost 93-79 to No. 4 Louisville on March 24, 2005
— Lost 98-92 OT to No. 2 Connecticut on March 24, 2006
— Lost 76-71 to No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 24, 2010
This Washington team doesn’t carry the expectations as past teams, but it could accomplish something truly historic with a win today.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Ohio State


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