Statistical analyst Ken Pomeroy offers a gloomy forecast for the Huskies.
During the day, he’s an instructor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah. However, Pomeroy has achieved a level of notoriety in the college basketball world as someone who uses statistics to predict trends and outcomes.
On his subscriber website, he predicts Washington will fall Saturday at Connecticut to begin a five-game losing streak. According to Pomeroy, the Huskies might want to cancel January. He has them going 1-7 next month – the only win is at home against Utah.
Pomeroy predicts things will get a little better in February, but he has UW finishing 7-11 in the Pac-12 and 15-16 overall.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Tough night Thursday for Aaron Gordon. The star-studded recruit who is considering Washington, Arizona and Kentucky, finished with 17 points and Archbishop Mitty lost 76-72 in overtime to the Jesuit Crusaders in the quarterfinals of the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, Ore. After scoring a career-high 43 points Wednesday, Gordon was benched at the start Thursday for disciplinary reasons. He finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, but was held to just one point in the fourth quarter. He also converted just 3 of 14 free throws and committed six turnovers.
— Jason King at ESPN.com puts Washington at No. 9 in his Pac-12 power rankings.
— Where would Washington be if the Huskies landed this guy, who many believe is a player of the year candidate?
— UCLA freshman center Tony Parker is tweeting as if he wants to leave the Bruins and return to Georgia. The big man has been squeezed out of the rotation and has played 10-plus minutes in just four games. He’s averaging 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in only 8.8 minutes per game even though UCLA is down to eight scholarship players. He would be the third Bruin to transfer if he leaves, joining Joshua Smith and Tyler Lamb. At practice Thursday, Parker didn’t back away from his tweets.
— Seth Davis at SI.com believes UCLA will upset No. 7 Missouri on tonight.
— Luke Winn at SI.com makes his 2013 predictions, which forecasts a dismal end for UCLA coach Ben Howland and a Final-Four finish for Arizona.
— In case you missed it, the NCAA investigator in the Shabazz Muhammad case has been fired, according to the Los Angeles Times.
— Oregon coach Dana Altman is hoping the Ducks can start the Pac-12 season with a bang like they did last season.
— Remember when the Pac-12 was second in the nation in the RPI? Things have certainly changed. The conference is fifth and running out of chances to gain ground in the non-conference season. The only Pac-12 remaining non-conference games of substance are UCLA-Missouri tonight and Washington-Connecticut on Saturday. Everyone else finishes against tomato cans.
— Not Pac-12 related, but interesting to note a handful of college basketball coaches have taken public stances for gun control.
— Another example of fans behaving badly when a recruit makes a decision they don’t like.
— Touching story on former Franklin High standout Peyton Siva, the Louisville star, who prevented his drug-addicted father from killing himself.