Washington plays No. 10 Connecticut at 12:30 p.m. so get your picks in early for today’s Guess the UW Score Contest.
Before we get to the predictions, let’s recap last Tuesday’s GTUWS game. The Huskies traveled to Tulane and left New Orleans with a 73-62 victory.
Several posters picked UW to win, including emcdub who predicted a 70-72 victory and uwbound17 who guessed the Huskies would win 73-65.
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Again, it’s an early start so let’s get to the predictions.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
USC (7-4) at Dayton (9-2), 11 a.m. ………………………………… No TV
No. 10 Connecticut (9-1) at Washington (6-4), 12:30 p.m. …….. ESPNU
Weber State (2-4) at UCLA (9-2), 4 p.m. …………………………. Pac-12 Networks
California (8-3) at Creighton (8-2), 4 p.m. ………………………. Fox Sports 1
Oregon State (6-2) vs. Akron (5-2) at Honolulu, 4:30 p.m. ……. ESPNU
Picks: Dayton, UCLA, Creighton and OSU
Season tally: 85-20
AND THE UW-UCONN WINNER IS …
The west-coast Huskies 72-70.
Two adages in basketball are likely to be proven true today.
No. 1: Good defense travels, which is not good news for Washington. Connecticut is one of the best defensive teams in the nation. UConn allows opponents just 63.3 points per game and teams shoot 37.5 percent on field goals and 30.4 percent on three-pointers against Connecticut.
When Connecticut beat Washington 61-53 last year, UConn held UW to 29.7 percent shooting, which was its worst performance of the season. C.J. Wilcox was 2 for 12 from the field and finished with five points, 14 below his scoring average.
No team has scored more than 77 points against Connecticut this season, while Washington averages 85.3 points in six games at home this season. Something has got to give and it’s more likely UConn forces another low-scoring game.
However, the other basketball adage should help Washington.
No. 2: You live by the three, you die by the three.
Connecticut has taken at least 20 three-pointers in the past four games. In Wednesday’s 53-51 loss to Stanford, UConn was 0 for 12 on three-pointers in the second half against the Cardinal’s 2-3 zone.
It will be interesting to see if Washington uses a zone. Coach Lorenzo Romar installed a new man-to-man defense four weeks ago and UW held Tulane to 62 points on Tuesday, which was a season low for Washington opponent.
The marquee matchup is between UW’s C.J. Wilcox and UConn’s Shabazz Napier, a pair of guards projected to be taken in the second round of next year’s NBA draft.
However, the most important matchup for Washington is likely 6-5 guard Mike Anderson pairing against 6-8 DeAndre Daniels. The UConn forward has scored in double figures in six of the past seven games, including a 24-point outing against Boston University.