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Your favorite game returns for a fifth season bigger and better than before (not really).
But the Guess the UW Score contest is retuning once again and giving you a chance to weigh in on the Washington men’s basketball games, make outrageous predictions and perhaps win a delicious hot dog and tasty beverage (on me) at a Alaska Airlines Arena.
Before we get started, let’s recap the topsy-turvy roller coaster ride that was the 2012-13 season.
We had five two-game winners (ProgressiveDawg, stockboi, bleeding purple and gold, justosu and dawgpound99).
However, the big winners were wayupwaydown and husky basketball 2009, who each won three games.
Contact me privately (firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter) to claim your grand prizes. I’m working with the Seattle Times sales department and will try and get you guys some cool items. Perhaps an autograph picture from sports columnist Larry Stone.
Here’s a look back at the previous season-ending winners, including the number of wins during the season:
2013 – wayupwaydown and husky basketball 2009 (3)
2012 – justinholidaycanplay (3)
2011 – 80HourEnergy, scgotts, musca, mjlaw, wayupwaydown, UMontW and dawgpound99 (2)
2010 – GFRfan (3)
Alright new season. New winners. Let’s move on.
UT Martin (0-1) at Colorado (0-1), 3 p.m. ………………. Pac-12 Networks
Coppin State (0-1) at Oregon State (0-0), 5 p.m. ……………… Pac-12 Networks
Seattle University (0-1) at Washington (0-0), 7 p.m. ………… Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Colorado and Oregon State
Season tally: 8-2
AND THE UW-SU WINNER IS …
The Huskies 88-80.
The games in this cross-town rivalry have traditionally been high-scoring contests and Washington hasn’t scored fewer than 83 points during its eight-game winning streak that dates back to 1979.
Even when both teams struggled to produce points last season – UW averaged 67.9 and SU 66.8 – the Huskies won 87-74.
Both teams have seemingly upgraded their respective offenses with new additions.
Washington has four new starters in guards Nigel Williams-Goss, Andrew Andrews and forwards Perris Blackwell and Jernard Jarreau. Seattle U has three new starters in guards Isiah Umipig, Emerson Murray and forward Shore Adenekan.
The Huskies unveiled a diversified offense last week during a 95-65 exhibition win over Central Washington. Four starters scored at least 16 points led by Blackwell (21) and Jarreau (17). The UW starting front court dominated the Wildcats, but it will face a more difficult challenge Sunday against SU’s front line that includes athletic 6-6 forward Clarence Trent, the former Husky.
If there’s a concern for Washington, it’s got to be Umipig. The 6-0 point guard is the dual-threat ball handler Seattle U hasn’t had under coach Cameron Dollar in the previous four seasons. The former Federal Way star can score and create points for teammates. He’s a no-nonsense player who won’t be intimidated by the Huskies.
The past two seasons, Washington has had difficulty against quality perimeter players who can slash and get to the basket. Last week UW gave up 30 points to CWU’s Mark McLaughlin. Andrews drew the starting defensive assignment on McLaughlin before C.J. Wilcox took over in the second half. However, nothing really worked as McLaughlin converted 11 of 22 field goals, including 3 of 5 three-pointers. He also got to the line six times.
Washington has a 24-4 record in the series between the teams and history suggests Seattle U is due for an upset in the rivalry. Since the series resumed in 2009, four of the five games have been decided by 13 points or more. The Redhawks have upgraded talent and seemingly closed the gap. It would be a colossal disappointment if SU suffers another blowout defeat at the hands of its neighborhood rival.
Still, the edge goes to the Huskies because of their depth and home court advantage.