Before we get to last week’s contest, need to do a little housecleaning and correct an error from the Ohio State game.
I gave the win in the Guess the UW Score contest to ness7 when in fact dddcs had a better prediction by one point. My apologies guys. You’re both winners and are eligible for the season-ending grand prize. And dddcs you’ve got a hot dog and soft drink with your name on it anytime you want to collect.
As for last Saturday’s game, jr_hik is the big winner after predicting Washington would fall 70-60 to Colorado State. The final score was 73-55. Congratulations.
Interesting to note we’re seeing a trend in the guesses and many folks are picking against Washington. Not surprising considering the Huskies’ slow start.
Alright let’s get to the games.
Utah (4-1) at SMU (6-1), 5 p.m.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff (1-4) at Arizona State (4-1), 5 p.m. ….. P12N
Northern Arizona (2-3) at No. 9 Arizona (3-0), 5 p.m. ……… P12N
Idaho (1-3) at Washington State (3-3), 7 p.m. ………………… P12N
Seattle University (2-1) at Stanford (4-3), 7 p.m. ……………. P12N
Cal State Northridge (6-1) at UCLA (4-2), 9 p.m. …………… P12N
Saint Louis (3-2) at Washington (2-3), 9 p.m. ………………… P12N
AND THE UW-SLU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 67-65.
Got to go with Las Vegas on this one. The oddsmakers say Washington is a 1 1/2-point favorite and set the over/under at 133.
That sounds about right to me, but then no one knows exactly what to expect from this UW team that is still trying to figure out how to win games without fifth-year senior co-captain Scott Suggs, who is out due to plantar fasciitis.
The Huskies don’t have many obvious advantages over the Billikens. In fact, this is a fairly even game in terms of measuring players and their most recent performances.
Both teams have capable scorers in C.J. Wilcox and SLU’s Dwayne Evans. Both have serviceable point guards in Abdul Gaddy and Mike McCall Jr. The front line players matchup well and the Billikens seem to have an edge on the bench considering they’re second-best player Cody Ellis is a senior reserve.
Saint Louis is a veteran group that won a NCAA tournament game last season. However, the Billikens are also adjusting to a new normal due to injuries. They’ve lost their best player Kwamain Mitchell, a solid backup Keith Carter and their coach Rick Majerus.
The wildcard is the late start time. When the game begins, it will be 11 p.m. in St. Louis. Perhaps it’s fitting considering the game began so early in their last meeting, a 77-64 Billikens win at Chaifetz Arena.
Washington has problems, but so does SLU, which lost at home 74-62 to Santa Clara.
The Huskies don’t need a great game to snap a two-game losing streak at home. They simply need solid contributions from Wilcox, Gaddy, Aziz N’Diaye and someone else. Perhaps Desmond Simmons, Andrew Andrews or Jernard Jarreau.
But as Wilcox stated after Saturday’s defeat to Colorado State, “we have a small margin for error.”
If one of the Huskies’ stars has an off night, then they’re likely to lose again.