Better results in last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest compared to recent games when contestants were nowhere near the final tally. However, for the Huskies it wasn’t a good night.
Washington lost 71-60 at USC. But husky basketball 2009 claimed a win, predicting the Trojans would prevail 68-60. Bravo.
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Alright let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Arizona State (18-6, 7-4) at Utah (10-13, 2-9), 5 p.m. ……………………………. P12N
Oregon State (12-12, 2-9) at Washington State (11-13, 2-9), 7 p.m. …………. P12N
Oregon (19-5, 8-3) at Washington (13-11, 5-6), 8 p.m. …………………………… ESPN2
AND THE UW-OREGON WINNER IS …
The Ducks 66-62.
If you’re a Husky fan you had to like the tough talk and words of accountability from the UW players and coach Lorenzo Romar on Tuesday.
They’re not fooling themselves. They may not know who they are or how good they are, but they know exactly where they are as it pertains to the NCAA tournament. Every game from here on out is a must-win situation. It’s win or stay home, which of course doesn’t include the unlikelihood of winning what looks to be four games at the Pac-12 Tournament and capturing an automatic berth to the NCAAs.
Washington is a 3.0-point favorite tonight, which makes sense considering the Huskies dropped a narrow 81-76 defeat at Oregon 19 days ago. Since that game the Ducks are 1-3 and they’re still without freshman point guard Domnic Artis (foot) who is likely to play against the Huskies.
Oregon has struggled big time in the past five games without their floor general. The Ducks are slumping as much as the Huskies committing nearly as many turnovers. After beating UW, Oregon lost 76-52 at Stanford and fell 58-54 at California. The Ducks managed just 47 points in a 1-point loss to Colorado at Matt Arena. They were down at home to Utah at halftime before escaping with the 73-64 victory.
The Huskies aren’t facing a juggernaut. It’s debatable if the Ducks are a top-25 team, but they’re still plenty good enough to topple UW.
Most oddsmakers favor the home team. Not sure I’ve seen enough on the court to believe the Huskies are ready to turn it around. There will be nights when everything is clicking and they’ll win a game, which was the case in the 96-92 victory over Arizona State 11 days ago.
But you have to wonder if Washington has truly reversed its downward spiral of six losses in the past seven games. Another defeat would equal the worst eight-game stretch in Romar’s 11-year tenure at Washington. The Huskies went 1-7 during a stretch late in his first season in 2002-03.