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January 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Guess the UW Score — California

Thanks to a big assist, rjs425 is the first person this season to win the Guess the UW Score contest with a perfect prediction.

However, he needed two attempts so maybe we should put an asterisk next to his name.

Originally rjs425 guessed Washington would beat Washington State 66-61. He thought Chambersbaydawg made the same prediction and changed his pick to 68-63.

Bullseye. UW won with an identical score in a thrilling finish.

It must be noted, Chambersdawg predicted 66-61, but he had WSU winning.

No matter. Great job. Way to go.

Contact me privately to claim your prize. Wonder if you’ll split the hot dog and soft drink with Chambersbaydawg.

Alright, let’s move on.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE

Washington State (9-5, 0-1) at Stanford (9-6, 0-2), 7 p.m. ….. P12N

Washington (9-5, 1-0) at California (9-5, 1-1), 8 p.m. ……… ESPN2

AND THE UW-CAL WINNER IS …

The Huskies 65-63.

Maybe Washington discovered a sustainable winning formula last week in Pullman when it played outstanding defense in the first half and cobbled together enough points in the end to pull out a five-point win at Beasley Colisuem.

You can be sure, the Huskies will not face a more hostile crowd this season. (But then again, Oregon fans get hyped when UW visits Matt Arena). Washington wasn’t rattled by the environment and took the crowd out early with a 9-0 and 21-6 run to start the game.

If the Huskies can duplicate last week’s defensive performance, then they’ll have a good chance of getting their second straight win in Berkley, Calif. Washington didn’t play in the Bay Area last season and in 2011, UW pounded Cal 92-71.

But if the defense falters, not sure the Huskies can generate enough offense to keep up with Cal, which averages 75.3 points at Haas Pavilion. Even in three home defeats, the Bears averaged 67 points. Washington doesn’t want to get into a shootout with Cal and Pac-12 leading scorer Allen Crabbe. He’s scored 33 points this season  – a personal best – and has 22 games during his three-year career of 20 points or more.

In three games, Washington has done a decent job on Crabbe holding him to 16, 16 and 2 points. A similar defensive effort against the 6-6 guard likely gives the Huskies their second straight win and sixth victory in the past seven games.

Meanwhile, Cal has struggled lately. The Bears are 3-5 in the last eight games. They’re dealing with a rash of injuries that’s shortened the rotation to 7-8 players. The lack of bench support has put a lot of pressure on Crabbe and Justin Cobb, who averages 15.6 points. They’re the highest scoring tandem in the Pac-12 and combine to score 52.1 percent of Cal’s points.

Two weeks ago it looked as if Washington would suffer a five-game losing streak considering it played four games on the road and hosts Colorado in its Pac-12 home opener on Jan. 16.

And now it’s not crazy to imagine a five-game winning streak for Washington with wins over WSU, Cal, Stanford, Colorado and Utah. The five teams have a combined 1-8 record in the Pac-12.

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