Things are heating up in the Guess the UW Score contest thanks to husky basketball 2009, who won for the second time in as many games Wednesday.
He pick No. 23 Oregon to defeat Washington 65-60 and the Huskies fell 65-52.
That’s three wins this season for husky basketball 2009, which times him with wayupwaydown with possibly seven games (six regular season and one in the Pac-12 Tournament) remaining. It’s also a tie for the most wins in a season since we’ve started this contest in 2009.
Nicely done. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes) or twitter to claim your big prize.
Let’s see if husky basketball 2009 can make win three straight, which would be a first for the GUWS contest.
OK, let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
UCLA (19-7, 9-4) beat Stanford (15-11, 6-7) 88-80
No. 23 Oregon (20-5, 9-3) at Washington State (11-14, 2-10), 4 p.m. ………….. P12N
Arizona State (18-7, 7-5) at Colorado (17-7, 7-5), 6 p.m. …………………………….. ESPNU
Oregon State (13-12, 3-9) at Washington (13-12, 5-7) 8 .p.m. ……………………… FSN/ROOT
AND THE UW-OSU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 65-63.
If Washington doesn’t snap its three-game losing streak tonight, then it may not win another game this season. That’s not hyperbole. Just look at the schedule.
Next week the Huskies travel to Arizona to face the ninth-ranked Wildcats and Sun Devils. They return home to host Washington State, which is a toss-up game no matter the records. And UW closes the regular season with USC and UCLA. The Trojans are one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12 and the Bruins are one of the most talented teams in the league.
With the exception of the WSU game, tonight will likely be the last game the Huskies are expected to win. Despite their recent downward turn and losing 74-66 at Oregon State three weeks ago, Washington is 3 1/2-point favorites. Seems rather generous of the Las Vegas odds makers.
But then it’s not as if the Beavers are the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Oregon State has its fair share of problems, which begins with a defense that allows a Pac-12 high 72.1 points to conference opponents. The Beavers prefer an up-temp pace, but often times the game gets away from them and they’re ill-equipped to get defensive stops when needed.
OSU starts one of the smallest three-guard lineups in the Pac-12 in 5-9 Ahmad Starks, 6-3 Roberto Nelson and 6-3 Challe Barton. They’re quick, which will give the Huskies problems on the defensive end. However, UW should be able to exploit them with its size. C.J. Wilcox (23 points) and Abdul Gaddy (14 points on 6-for-12 shooting) had nice offensive outings in the last meeting.
Washington will need to devise a better plan to stop junior forward Devon Collier who has scored 16 and 19 points in the past two games against the Huskies. On Jan. 23, he took 11 free throws and made eight. He was also 4 of 5 from the field and had five assists. Desmond Simmons struggled keeping Collier away from the rim.
Look for Shawn Kemp Jr. to play much more than he did in the previous meeting when he tallied seven minutes. The sophomore forward has started the past five games. At 6-9 and 255, he’s big enough to bang with Collier.
Oregon State gives Washington matchup problems when it has Collier on the floor with 6-10 forward Eric Moreland, one of the Pac-12 top shot blockers, and 6-7, 295-pound center Joe Burton.
This lineup forces one of UW’s wings to defend a post player and the results can be catastrophic for the Huskies.
Washington won a shoot-out against Arizona State two weeks ago, but not sure if the the Huskies want to get into a track meet with the Beavers because they have more lethal scorers in Nelson, Collier and Starks.
Seems odd to suggest for a Lorenzo Romar team, but Washington’s best chance is to play a half-court oriented game. The Huskies have to finish with fewer turnovers and more rebounds. They have to keep OSU off the free throw line. They have to create early scoring opportunities for Wilcox. And they can’t come out flat like they did in the game at Gill Coliseum.
And perhaps more importantly, they have to believe they’ll win, which is stretch of the imagination for a team that’s lost seven of the past eight games.