Still time to enter and play Pick & Roll. It’s a season-long, 10-week contest in which readers pick Pac-12 men’s basketball games. Your lowest weekly score will be dropped, so only the nine highest weeks will count toward your overall points total.
The grand prize this year is a 16 GB iPad mini (valued at $329).
There’s 593 people in the contest and I rank 210th.
Here at home in the Guess the UW Score contest, we award winners twice a week and the latest to nab the big prize is irwin m. fletcher, who predicted Washington would beat Utah 64-55. The Huskies won 59-57.
Good job. Contact me via email (email@example.com) or Twitter to claim your prize.
FYI: The season GTUWS leader with two wins is andorsjorstad.
Early start Sunday for Washington so we’re posting this now to give you lots of time to get your picks in.
SUNDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
No. 15 Colorado (14-2, 3-0) at Washington (10-6, 2-1), 12 p.m. PT ….. Fox Sports 1
Stanford (9-5, 0-2) at No. 17 Oregon (13-2, 1-2), 2 p.m. ………………….. Fox Sports 1
Utah (12-3, 1-2) at Washington State (7-8, 0-3), 4 p.m. ………………….. Pac-12 Networks
No. 1 Arizona (16-0, 3-0) at USC (9-6, 0-2), 6 p.m. ………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Arizona State (13-3, 2-1) at UCLA (12-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. ………………………. ESPNU
Picks: Oregon, Utah, Arizona and UCLA
Pac-12 tally: 11-5
Season tally: 108-27
AND THE UW-COLORADO WINNER IS …
The Buffaloes 68-63.
Colorado is a three-point favorite, but it wouldn’t be an upset if the Huskies win.
Washington played well in Wednesday’s 59-57 win over Utah while Colorado struggled to beat Washington State 71-70 in overtime. Both results bode well for the Huskies.
They’re playing much better in the past two weeks than they did to start the season. Washington allowed an average of 79.2 points in 13 nonconference games and it’s limited three Pac-12 opponents to 64.3 points per game. In conference play, UW has surrendered just 5 of 38 three-pointers (.132).
Colorado has an impressive record and the Buffs have beaten some very good teams, but they’re not overly impressive on the court or in the statistics. They’re young and they rely heavily on guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker. The Huskies were able to rattle Booker (9 points on 3-for-14 shooting) last year in UW’s 64-54 win at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The key for Washington is to continue with its outstanding defense, rebound and keep the Buffaloes off the free-throw line. If either Dinwiddie or Booker struggle, then the Huskies will win. It doesn’t seem as if sophomore Josh Scott can do enough damage inside against fifth-year senior Perris Blackwell to offset any loss of production from Dinwiddie or Booker.
If Washington gets stops, the Huskies should also be able to push the tempo with guards C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss and get points in the paint.
Still, it’s going to take a terrific performance from Washington to topple Colorado for the second straight year.