March 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM
Guess the UW Score — Oregon
Congrats to dawgpound99 for winning Wednesday’s Guess the UW Score contest. He predicted Washington would win 64-61 and the Huskies beat Washington State 64-62.
In the race for the grand prize, dawgpound99 moved into a four-way, second-place tie with ProgressiveDawg, stockboi, justosu and bleeding purple and gold. They each have two wins and are a game behind leaders wayupwaydown and husky basketball 2009.
As I wrote yesterday, anyone can still win this thing.
The same is true for the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament.
Alright let’s move on.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE (All times Pacific)
No. 1 UCLA 80-75 over No. 9 Arizona State
No. 4 Arizona (24-6) vs. No. 5 Colorado (21-10), 2:30 p.m. ……….. P12N
No. 2 California (20-10) vs. No. 10 Utah (14-17) , 6 p.m. ……………. P12N
No. 3 Oregon (23-8) vs. No. 6 Washington (18-14), 8:30 p.m. ………. ESPNU
AND THE UW-OREGON WINNER IS …
The Ducks 65-60.
Teams who won Wednesday lost the first two games Thursday. It’s going to be interesting to see if Washington can pull off the upset. They’re a 3.5 point underdog and many factors are working against UW.
Oregon swept the regular-season series with a pair of convincing wins. Oregon, which arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday, had 48 hours to prepare for tonight’s game. Washington had about nine hours after its first-round victory late Wednesday.
Got to wonder if a jump-shooting team like the Huskies will have dead legs playing their second game in two nights? And what about C.J. Wilcox? He’s been battling a foot injury and worried about his conditioning in back-to-back games.
Washington was able to win Wednesday despite an off-shooting performance from Wilcox, who was 3 for 11 and had 11 points. However, the Huskies are going to need their star guard, who was a second-team, all-Pac-12 pick.
There’s a few factors that favor Washington.
For starters, Oregon enters the postseason riding a two-game losing streak. The Ducks are struggling offensively. They’ve scored 53 and 62 points in the last two games. They just haven’t been the same since freshman point guard Dominic Artis injured his foot. He missed nine games. Since his return, Oregon is 1-2.
There’s also the old adage about the difficulty of beating a team three times in a season. Of course the Huskies did it Wednesday when they toppled Washington State, but why quibble.
And you got to wonder how much the motivation factor will play into the outcome.
Many believe Oregon is bound for the NCAA tournament while Washington is almost certainly headed to the NIT unless it wins the Pac-12 tourney. The Huskies were all business Wednesday and a similar approach could keep them alive in this tournament one more day.