One more reminder about Pick & Roll, the Seattle Times prediction contest where you pick the outcomes of Pac-12 men’s basketball games. If your intent is winning the grand prize 16GB iPad mini, then it’s too late to enter and play. But if you like picking games and keeping track of your scores, then sign up and play.
There’s over 600 contestants and yours truly ranks 208th after two weeks. The overall leaders are joleary, ghub and rkoseattle.
In the bootleg and unsanctioned Guess the UW Score contest, the big winner Wednesday was schoonmeister, who predicted Washington would fall 82-68 at California. The Huskies lost 82-56.
Please contact me via email (email@example.com) or Twitter to claim your prize (hot dog and a soft drink at a UW home games).
FYI: The GTUWS season leader is andorsjorstad with two wins.
Another late night for the Huskies so there’s plenty of time to get your picks in. And please post predictions in the comments section. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
USC (9-8, 0-4) at No. 21 Colorado (14-4, 3-2), 11 a.m. ………… Fox Sports 1No. 25 UCLA (14-3, 3-1) at Utah (13-4, 3-2), 1 p.m. …………….. Fox Sports 1
Washington State (8-9, 1-4) at California (13-4, 4-0), 1 p.m. … Pac-12 Networks
Washington (11-7, 3-2) at Stanford (11-5, 2-2), 8 p.m. ………….. ESPNU
Picks: Colorado, UCLA and Cal
Pac-12 tally: 18-9
Season tally: 115-31
AND THE UW-STANFORD WINNER IS …
— The Cardinal 68-64.
Stanford is a 10-point favorite and Las Vegas oddsmakers are expecting a fairly high-scoring game considering the over/under line is 146.5.
If the Huskies don’t get defensive stops and score on fast-break situations, not sure they’ll be able to score enough points against a big front line that includes 6-11 center Stefan Nastic, 6-10 forward Dwight Powell and 6-7 forward Josh Huestis.
Washington needs Perris Blackwell to break out of his three-game slump in a major way. The Huskies could also use another big performance from C.J. Wilcox, who torched Stanford for 27 points in UW’s 65-60 win last year.
The statistics say Lorenzo Romar is a far superior coach than Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, who is 1-9 against the Huskies. However, the Cardinal appear to have more talent in the starting lineup and playing at Maples Pavilion favors the home team.