Really enjoying what’s happening in the Guess the UW Score contest because things are starting to heat up thanks to nwpdxdawg who is on a roll.
In the past two weeks, nwpdxdawg has won twice. The first time nwpdxdawg went with Washington for an upset over Colorado. And Saturday’s winner came via a 78-66 prediction that the Huskies would fall at Stanford. UW lost 79-67.
Great job. 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).
At the top of the GTUWS season leader is andorsjorstad and nwpdxdawg with two wins.
Also, be sure to check out 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.
Not sure how this happened, but I moved from 208th last week to 60th among 604 contestants. Wow.
Alright, let’s move. Another late night for the Huskies, but it’s the last 8 p.m. start this season. Plenty of time to get your picks in and please post them in the comments section.
And finally, a reminder to join us here for a live chat during the game. Thanks and good luck.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Colorado (15-4, 4-2) at No. 1 Arizona (18-0, 5-0), 6 p.m. PT ………. ESPN2
Utah (14-4, 3-3) at Arizona State (13-5, 2-3), 6 p.m. ………………….. Pac-12 Networks
Oregon (13-4, 1-4) at Washington (11-8, 3-3), 8 p.m. …………………. ESPNU
Stanford (12-5, 3-2) at UCLA (14-4, 3-2), 8 p.m. ……………………….. Pac-12 Networks
Picks: Arizona, Utah and UCLA
Pac-12 tally: 22-12 (.647)
Season tally: 119-34 (.777)
UW-Oregon preview: The early Las Vegas odds favored the Ducks by 2.5 points, but the latest line makes Oregon a 1.5-point favorite.
It’s virtually a pick-em game probably because there’s a lot of similarities between both teams.
— They play horrific defense. Washington has allowed 75.7 points per game (11th in Pac-12) while UO has allowed 77.8 (12th).
— They’re awful at rebounding. Oregon averages 39.3 (9th) and UW is at 35.1 (10th).
— They’re excellent free-throw shooting teams. Oregon leads the Pac-12 with a 76.9 percentage and Washington is second at 76.0.
— They’re among the worst in the Pac-12 in blocks. Oregon averages 3.41 (9th) and Washington 3.32 (10th).
— Both teams enter with multiple defeats. Oregon has lost four in a row and UW has lost two straight.
— Both teams are led by star shooting guards. For Oregon it’s Joseph Young while C.J. Wilcox stars at UW.
— And both teams rely heavily on their guards. Oregon boasts a three-guard lineup and three of the top four scorers are guards. UW has a four-guard lineup and five of the top six scorers are guards.
Oregon’s Mike Moser just might be the X-factor. The 6-8 senior forward could prove to be unstoppable for the Huskies who have had trouble in the past two games against Stanford’s Dwight Powell and California’s Richard Solomon and David Kravish. If the Huskies can’t control Moser, who averages 14.2 points, then it’s going to be a long night for UW.
There’s a lot of streaks heading into this game. Oregon has beaten Washington in the past three games. The Huskies have won their last four games at Alaska Airlines Arena.
But the most significant streak is Oregon’s four straight losses. The Ducks’ only win in 2014 was on Jan. 2, a 70-68 overtime victory at Utah. They’ve fallen off dramatically since starting 13-0 and rising to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll.
“What we told our team is don’t necessarily concentrate on the team that is 1-4, but the one that was No. 10 in the country and was 13-0,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They’re capable of that too. So we see them as dangerous team that can put up a lot of points.”
The Pick: Washington 72-70.