Just a couple of more regular-season games left in the Guess the UW Score. In terms of the season-long race, things got a little more interesting last weekend.
Bleeding purple and gold won Sunday after predicting Washington would beat Washington State 72-65. The Huskies won 72-68.
It’s the second victory for bp&g, which moved into a three-way, second-place tie with ProgressiveDawg and stockboi. They’re a game behind leaders wayupwaydown and husky basketball 2009, who each have won three times this season.
Should be an exciting finish over the next couple of weeks (and maybe more if UW gets on a postseason run).
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OK, let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE (all times Pacific):
No. 23 UCLA (22-7, 12-4) at Washington State (11-18, 2-14), 6:30 p.m. …………. P12N
Stanford (16-13, 8-9) at California (20-9, 12-5), 8 p.m. …………………………………. ESPN2
USC (14-15, 9-7) at Washington (16-13, 8-8), 8:30 p.m. …………………………………. P12N
AND THE UW-USC WINNER IS …
The Huskies 70-67.
Washington is a six-point favorite, which seems somewhat generous considering USC won the first meeting 71-60 and the Trojans are one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12. They’ve won six of their past eight games.
However, the Huskies have also reclaimed their winning ways recently. UW is 3-1 in the last four games.
The key for Washington is defending the three-point line, which might be a little tricky if the Huskies play a lot of zone like they did in the first game agaisnt USC. The Trojans are shooting 37.9 behind the arc in conference game and they made seven three-pointers against the Huskies the last time. Junior guard J.T. Terrell converted 4 of 7 treys and Chass Bryan was 2 for 2.
The Huskies also did an awful job at the free throw line. They were 4 of 14 on FTs, however Aziz N’Diaye was 2 of 9 while C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy combined to go 0 for 1. That can’t happen again.
Washington also needs to figure out a way to be productive offensively if Wilcox is handcuffed. Despite surrendering five inches, USC guard Jio Fontan used his quickness to hound Wilcox throughout the night and held him to just seven points on 3-for-7 shooting.
Suggs had 16 last time and may need to score a little more. If not, then Gaddy, who had 12, has to win his personal battle with Terrell, who had 18.
Shawn Kemp Jr. took nine attempts and made three against Trojans. The 6-9 sophomore forward has a three-inch height advantage over 6-6 Eric Wise. However, USC’s senior forward is a basketball smart and arguably the Trojans best player.
The other interesting matchup is in the middle between 7-footers Aziz N’Diaye and Dwayne Dedmon.
And one more thing, the Huskies can’t afford to give away 20 points on turnovers like they did in the first game against USC.