It’s always nice when a long-time poster wins the Guess the UW Score Contest and no one is as old school as sequimdawgbob who was the big winner Thursday. He predicted Washington would beat Seattle University 88-79 and the Huskies pulled out an 87-74 victory.
Nice job SDB. My records indicate it’s your second lifetime win since we started this in 2009. You know the drill. Contact me privately for your prize.
Still looking for our first multiple winner this season. Maybe it’ll happen today.
Alright let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Dartmouth (2-6) at Arizona State (8-2), noon ……. P12N
Nebraska (6-2) at Oregon (8-1), 1:30 p.m. ………….. ROOT
UC Davis (1-5) at Stanford (6-3), 2 p.m. ……………… P12N
Jackson State (0-7) at Washington (5-4), 4 p.m. ….. P12N
UC Riverside (2-7) at USC (3-6), 4 p.m. ………………. P12N
Prairie View A&M (5-5) at UCLA (6-3), 6 p.m. …….. P12N
No. 5 Florida (7-0) at No. 8 Arizona (7-0), 7 p.m. …. ESPN
No. 16 Creighton (9-1) at California (6-2), 8 p.m. …. P12N
AND THE UW-JSU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 83-59.
Just don’t see many scenarios in which Washington doesn’t win this game by a wide margin. The Huskies begin a three-game homestand against lower-level teams and they’re hoping to begin a winning streak before playing the next four on the road. Just as important, Washington wants to establish how its going to play basketball this season and form an identity that it can sustain throughout the season.
With four upperclass veterans in the starting lineup, you wouldn’t think the Huskies would overlook a struggling team like Jackson State, which is 0-7. The Tigers aren’t very good, but they can be pesky. Washington State struggled Thursday to secure a 52-41 win against JSU.
The Huskies should be able to punish a Jackson State defense that allows 82.7 points per game. The Tigers surrendered 120 points points in a 55-point defeat at Saint Mary’s. Opponents have scored at least 76 points against them in six games.
On the other end, Washington isn’t a stellar defensive unit but it’s good enough to stifle a JSU offense that averages just 58.3 points per game. Expect the Huskies to use a lot of zone to keep JSU’s talented trio of guards (Dundrecous Nelson, Kelsey Howard and Christian Williams) out of the lane. They’re capable of scoring 25 points or more and theoretically Jackson State could be a problem if each has a big night.
However, the Tigers are shooting 33.8 percent from the field, which ranks 345th in the nation. They’re making 32.3 percent of their three-pointers and 63.5 percent of their free throws. They also don’t share the ball very well, averaging just 9.6 assists which ranks 327th nationally.
Jackson State is playing its fourth game in a five-game, 10-day road trip and Washington enjoys a size advantage at every position. Those factors – in addition to what looks to be a huge talent disparity – indicate an easy win for the Huskies.