Congrats to stockboi for getting us back on track and winning the Guess the UW Score Contest last week. He predicted Washington would fall 79-71 to Nevada and the final score was 76-73.
Nice job. Please contact me via twitter or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to collect your hot dog and soft drink.
As noted a few weeks ago, I’m seeing more and more picks against the Huskies, which probably makes sense given their 4-4 record. Let’s see if the trend continues.
Just a couple of games on tap so let’s get to it.
TONIGHT’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Jackson State (0-6) at Washington State (6-4), 7 p.m. ….. P12N
Washington (4-4) at Seattle University (3-3), 7 p.m. …….. ROOT
AND THE UW-SU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 70-68.
Neither team scores very many points. Washington averages 70.6 points and Seattle U averages 64. If Redhawks coach Cameron Dollar instructs his players to deliberately foul like they did last season and in 2010, then it could be a long night for everyone. Last season’s game lasted 2 1/2 hours.
The ill-fated ploy also gives the Huskies cheap points. It made some sense back then given UW’s struggles at the line, but this year the Huskies are shooting 68.2 percent on free throws. Take away Aziz N’Diaye who is 23 of 47 (48.9 percent) and UW is 75 percent at the charity stripe. Maybe SU fouls N’Diaye, but it would be counterproductive to give away free points to a team that’s struggling offensively with its new high-post offense.
When the Redhawks have faced BCS teams Virginia and Stanford, they lost 83-43 and 68-57 respectively.
You expect SU to play better against the Huskies who they consider rivals. On paper, it’s fairly evenly matched.
However, Washington has C.J. Wilcox who is capable of scoring 30 points and Scott Suggs who looks like he can get 20. He had a career high 19 in the last outing. Meanwhile Seattle U will try to create easy buckets with its defense. Expect the Redhawks to put tons of pressure on Abdul Gaddy and make other people hand the ball. They’re tied for ninth in the country with 10.7 steals per game and lately they’ve been able to turn those TOs into points.
If Gaddy can stay on the floor and play reasonable well and if N’Diaye provides a defense presence, then the Huskies should be able to handle the press, control the tempo and run their winning streak to eight against Seattle U.