Third consecutive tie in the Guess the UW Score contest. This time the big winners are Jackchuck and Blue Mountain Seattle who predicted UCLA would beat Washington 64-58. The Bruins won 59-57.
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California (13-9, 5-5) at No. 7 Arizona (20-2, 8-2), 4 p.m. …………………… P12N
Colorado (15-7, 5-5) at Oregon State (12-11, 2-8), 6 p.m. ……………………… P12N
Washington (13-10, 5-5) at USC (10-13, 5-5), 7 p.m. ……………………………. FSN/ROOT
AND THE UW-USC WINNER IS …
The Huskies 62-58.
USC is a 1.5-point favorite and the Trojans are looking for their third straight win. They’re averaging 73.5 points in the past two games, but Washington would be well served to avoid a high-scoring contest on the road.
Of course the Huskies want to run and score in transition whenever possible. But if they allow USC easy baskets, then the game could slip away from them.
Washington did an outstanding job defensively in Thursday 59-57 defeat at UCLA. A similar effort should net a split in Los Angeles provided the Huskies can cut down on the turnovers.
Rebounding will also be critical. USC has players who can dominate on the glass, including center Dewayne Dedmon, forward Eric Wise, wing Byron Weasley and backup forward Aaron Fuller. They combined for 31 of 38 rebounds in Thursday’s 72-68 win over Washington State.
J.T. Terrell, Weasley and Wise are capable of big scoring nights, but they’re streaky shooters. Washington will also need to contain point guard Jio Fontan who had 11 assists against the Cougars.
Coach Lorenzo Romar chastised the Huskies for not taking opponents seriously. He attributed a lackadaiscal approach to defeats to Utah and Oregon State. Inexplicably that could happen again tonight. Washington dominated USC 80-58 in their previous meeting last year and the Huskies have won three of the past four games against the Trojans, who were picked to finish ninth in the preseason Pac-12 poll.
But that’s history. Both teams are tied for sixth place in the Pac-12 standings and if the Huskies don’t take this game seriously, then they’ll lose for the sixth time in the past seven games.