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December 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Guess the UW Score contest: Tulane

[Programming alert: We're covering tonight's game with a stringer. Check back later for a post-game wrap-up.]

Only a few participants in last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest, but several folks had a good read on Washington’s 85-66 victory over Idaho State.

RossB summed it up when he wrote: “We finally play a team our own size.” He nearly nailed the score with an 85-62 prediction that was closer than anyone else.

Congrats on the win. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your hot dog and soft drink.

Just a couple of games on tap so let’s get to it.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Washington (5-4) at Tulane (5-5), 5 p.m. ………………… No TV

UC Irvine (6-5) at No. 13 Oregon (9-0), 7:30 p.m. ………. Pac-12 Networks

Pick: Oregon

Season tally: 75-16

AND THE UW-TULANE WINNER IS …

The Huskies 75-68.

Going with the oddsmakers who made Washington a 7.5-point favorite and against my gut and history, which says UW struggles on the road in non-conference games.

Including neutral-site games, the Huskies are 13-28 under coach Lorenzo Romar in non-conference regular-season road games. They have an 8-8 record during the postseason and they’re 21-36 overall.

Here’s the breakdown by season.

Season ……. Regular season …. Postseason …. Total
2002-03 ….. 1-3 ……………………. 0-0 …………….. 1-3
2003-04 ….. 1-3 ……………………. 0-1 …………….. 1-4
2004-05 ….. 4-1 ……………………. 2-1 …………….. 6-2
2005-06 ….. 1-0 ……………………. 2-1 …………….. 3-1
2006-07 ….. 0-2 ……………………. 0-0 …………….. 0-2
2007-08 ….. 1-3 ……………………. 0-0 …………….. 1-3
2008-09 ….. 1-2 ……………………. 1-1 …………….. 2-3
2009-10 ….. 0-2 ……………………. 2-1 …………….. 2-3
2010-11 ….. 2-3 ……………………. 1-1 …………….. 3-4
2011-12 ….. 0-4 …………………… 0-1 …………..…. 0-5
2012-13 ….. 2-2 …………………… 0-1 ……………… 2-3
2013-14 ….. 0-3 …………………… 0-0 ……………… 0-3

Washington is winless on the road this season, but the Huskies played perhaps their best game of the season during their 70-63 defeat at then-No. 24 San Diego State.

If the Huskies can repeat that performance, then they should be able to overcome a Tulane team that allows opponents to shoot 54.2 percent on field goals inside the arc. Teams average 75.2 points against the Green Wave, which ranks 252nd in points allowed.

Washington has had problems against teams with a dominant big man or a deep front line, but Tulane relies on a trio of guards (Louis Dabney, Jay Hook and Jonathan Stark) for most of its scoring.

Tulane has struggled with a relatively easy schedule. Wake Forest (8-2) has been its most notable opponent and the Green Wave was trounced 72-57. The Demon Deacons outrebounded Tulane 39-24 and held Hook and Stark to a combined 14 points while Dabney had 29.

Washington should follow a similar blueprint.

Aside from the outcome, an interesting subplot is tracking C.J. Wilcox’s climb up the UW all-time scoring chart. The senior guard is 12th on the list with 1,487 points. Next in line: No. 11 Deon Luton (1,488), No. 10 Louie Nelson (1,504) and No. 9 Steve Hawes (1,516).

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